Office of the Provost


In Fall 2019, the Provost formed a Task Force to assess faculty satisfaction and identify strategies to enhance the faculty experience, retention, and productivity. The Task Force partnered with Harvard’s Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education to conduct an extensive survey of all faculty in Spring 2020. This strategic partnership allows us to compare our results across campus, relative to 5 peer institutions, and across 110 institutions nationwide.

At this time, we are entering the next stage of work which includes a range of campus conversations. These conversations are designed to help us identify specific strategies to address University, school, and departmental challenges.

The COACHE Executive Report dated October 2021 is available below.

COACHE Survey Report

The COACHE survey report provides a comparison of Baylor’s survey results to a “cohort” of 110 COACHE partners who identify as generally similar. A complete list of the schools in this “cohort” is available in the appendix of the Report Preview that is downloadable from this page. In addition, a group of five “peers” was selected to represent a comparison set of those most similar to Baylor in the faculty labor market. Those “peer” universities include: Emory University, Georgetown University, Saint Louis University, Tulane University, and Vanderbilt University. For questions about the survey or the Report Preview, please contact

Initiatives from COACHE recommendations:

Faculty Hiring Program

RFP Diversity Discipline Specific Programming

To explore a few of the key highlights from the COACHE survey findings, please click below:

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2020 COACHE Faculty Survey Response Rates
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Satisfied with Time Spent on Research
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Satisfied with Time Spent on Service
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Satisfied with Time Spent on Teaching
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Areas singled out as "Concerns" at Baylor include:
  • Decision-making processes across all levels
  • Mid-career uncertainty
  • Experiences of underrepresented minority faculty
  • Barriers to Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching
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    Areas singled out for "Best Aspects" of Baylor include:
  • Quality of Colleagues
  • Quality of Undergraduate Students
  • Support of Colleagues
  • Departmental Collegiality
  • Facilities and Work Resources
  • Jan. 25, 2021
    COACHE Survey Results: An Invitation for Conversation and Analysis
    Three years ago, Baylor developed a strategic roadmap that would guide the academic priorities of the University. Thanks to the great work and commitment of our faculty, we have made significant progress toward the goals established in that strategic plan, Illuminate.
    Oct. 13, 2020
    COACHE Faculty Satisfaction Survey Results
    Earlier this year, you were invited to participate in the COACHE Faculty Satisfaction Survey designed and administered by Harvard University to help assess areas at Baylor that impact faculty satisfaction, such as research, service, teaching, facilities, resources, policies, benefits, collaborative work, mentoring, tenure and promotion, leadership, institutional governance, shared governance, collegiality, and recognition. We want to say “thank you.”
    Feb. 25, 2020
    Baylor's Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey - COACHE
    One of Baylor’s highest priorities is the satisfaction and success of its faculty. To reach that goal, we must continuously strive to understand areas of faculty success and faculty concern and work together to find solutions, processes and procedures that support improvement.
    Feb. 6, 2020
    Helping Our Faculty Flourish through Participation in the COACHE Job Satisfaction Survey
    Early next week, you will be invited to participate in an important faculty survey that will help us better understand faculty job satisfaction – areas of faculty concern, areas of success, and challenges facing our faculty as a whole. This survey is part of a national research partnership called the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), which has been operating from the Harvard Graduate School of Education since 2003.