COACHE collaborates with the University of California to reinvent faculty exit surveys

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The University of California’s Office of the President has joined with the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), a research-practice partnership based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, to launch a faculty exit survey that is the first of its kind.

Given the academy’s struggles to diversify the professoriate and regular media coverage of high-profile, high-cost faculty exits, COACHE and UC recognized that university leaders need better diagnostic tools to understand the numbers, causes, and costs of faculty departures — and how those figures compare to colleges’ competitors in the market.

After several years in development by Harvard researchers and critical input from a UC advisory group and scholars elsewhere, the survey is being sent to faculty who resigned or were retained last year at six UC campuses. COACHE will expand its study to include more universities later this year.