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Dear faculty and other members of the UW community,

I encourage you to review the 2011 COACHE survey results for University of Wyoming. You will also find a short summary of the key results, which was developed by Erika Prager in the Office of Academic Affairs. 

COACHE stands for The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education, a project run out of Harvard University. The survey targets faculty who are on the tenure track but not yet tenured. It asks them a series of questions about the university work environment, focusing on factors that affect job satisfaction and success.

Academic Affairs sponsored UW's participation in the COACHE survey in 2008 and 2011.

A large number of U.S. colleges and universities now participate in COACHE, so it is possible to compare UW's results with averages for all participating institutions nationally. Additionally, UW received results for a small set of self-selected comparator institutions -all of them public research universities. UW's results are also broken down for comparison purposes for women and men, white faculty and faculty of color, and by broad disciplinary cohort. The 2011 results may be compared with the earlier results from 2008.

I encourage you to share your thoughts on the survey results with colleagues and to use the results as a basis for dialogue on workplace issues within your colleges and departments. The Office of Academic Affairs welcomes any comments or suggestions for approaches to addressing issues of concern highlighted in the survey results. The 2008 COACHE results informed the development of action items spelled out in University Plan 3 2009-2014.

Early in the Spring semester the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning (ECTL) will sponsor a forum for discussing the 2011  results.  Please check the ECTL website and watch for notifications of the forum.

If you have any problems with the links from this site, please contact Justin McDonald.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Nicole Ballenger, Associate Provost
October 2011

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