The COACHE survey asked faculty about academic life on the DU campus. Specifically, faculty were asked to: identify the best and worst aspects of working at DU, if they would recommend working at DU to a colleague, and, finally, to suggest targeted areas of improvement for the university.
The purpose of these questions is to generate information that can be used to inform community and institutional action and are presented for review below. We provide an overview of the key data points. COACHE also presents comparative data relative to the cohort of 103 schools who completed the survey and 5 “peer” schools. The 2019 preliminary report is useful for comparison purposes. It highlights differences for pre-tenured faculty, faculty who identify as women, and those who identify as faculty of color which are also highlighted and described under each off the six key areas for growth below.
To access the preliminary report, follow these directions:
- Login to MyDU with your DU ID and password
- Type “COACHE Survey 2019 Initial Report” into the search bar
- Click on the first result to open the report
DU Response Rates
The commitment of our faculty to sharing their experience was obvious—our response rate (65%) was more than 20% higher than other institutions. You can see the response rates of your peers below.
Response Rates by Division% of faculty responding from each division
Response Rates by Respondent Characteristics
% of faculty responding from each demographic
Best & Worst Aspects of Working at DU
Best Aspects of Working at DU
Worst Aspects of Working at DU
% of faculty responding
Would You Recommend DU as A Place to Work
“If a candidate for a faculty position asked you about your department as a place to work…”
“If I had it to do all over, I would again choose to work at this institution.”% of faculty responding
Areas In Which DU Needs To Improve
Most common themes.% of faculty responding
One of the features of the COACHE evaluation process is the comparison of DU faculty responses with the responses of faculty at similar institutions and with a small group of peer institutions selected to reflect our current and aspirational circumstances. The responses below were benchmarked against the group of 5 select peer institutions (PEER) and a cohort of 103 similar institutions (COHORT). The five peer institutions are Lehigh University, Saint Louis University, Tufts University, Tulane University, and the University of Tulsa.
In that comparison, the following six categories came back as areas of concern, meaning that we rated relatively low compared to our peer institutions. To find out more about how these categories are defined, how we compare to peer institutions, and what is currently being done to address these concerns, click the boxes below.
Picking peers for COACHE is an imperfect art and it is not at all the same as generally naming peer and aspirant institutions for other endeavors. In the case of COACHE, our choice of peer institutions were limited to the 103 institutions that participated in the 2018 survey. The five peer institutions were selected using the following general criteria: size of institution and student population; US News and World Rankings, urban location, and preference for private institutions.