FSP In Numbers: A Closer Look at the Faculty Success Program

In today's fast-paced academic landscape, nurturing and retaining talented faculty members is vital for educational institutions. To address this need, our Faculty Success Program (FSP) has emerged as a beacon of professional development and support. FSP is not just a program; it's a journey toward academic success designed to empower faculty members across various disciplines and backgrounds. Let's delve into the numbers and demographics that define FSP, highlighting its inclusivity and impact.
Who is in FSP?

Since the beginning of FSP, cultivating an inclusive and supportive community has been crucial to the success of its participants. On average, over half of participants identify themselves as faculty of color.


In each session, roughly 76% are women, 22% are men, and 2% identify as non-binary individuals. This diversity enriches the small group dialogue and perspectives, facilitating a deeper community experience.

FSP Transcends Rank


The foundational skills that are taught in the Faculty Success Program transcend rank and discipline, coming from social and physical sciences, health professions, gender and ethnic studies, education, and business. In fact, approximately 44% of participants are in STEM fields.

While most of our participants are within the first 5 years of their career — roughly 70% — the program benefits full professors as well.

Since the expansion to include non-tenure track faculty in the program, we have also seen an increase in non-tenure track faculty. In 2023, about 13% of participants were not on the tenure track. 

Another important demographic that finds FSP beneficial is parents. Nearly half of FSP participants are parents (49%), with roughly 48% of them prioritizing parenting as a key aspect of their participation. 

The Reach of FSP

The virtual nature of the Faculty Success Program allows its impact to be widespread throughout the academic community, transcending institutional boundaries. Even our network of over 160 coaches is far-reaching.


Left: States in which our coaches teach. Right: Institutions at which FSP participants teach.

The Impact of FSP

Beyond demographics, here are a few statistics and outcomes that underscore the program's impact and effectiveness. Based on our survey results, we continue to see that the program has a high satisfaction rate, and the outcomes of increased writing productivity and better work-life balance are consistently positive. 

Summer 23 Stats (1)

Gaining Tenure

A major milestone in an academic career, gaining tenure is a significant accomplishment. To gauge the program's impact in this regard, we recently conducted a follow-up study from our 2017 cohorts to determine the tenure status of FSP participants.

From this subset of participants, a total of 456 participants went up for tenure, a significant milestone in their academic journey.

Impressively, 442 of these 456 participants, or approximately 97%, were successfully granted tenure. This remarkable outcome showcases the program's effectiveness in preparing and supporting faculty members on the path to tenure.

Funding and Support

Of course, we would be remiss to leave out a crucial part of FSP’s success — the institutions that are supporting their faculty through membership and FSP sponsorship. 

Remarkably, approximately 83% of faculty members have their institutions provide the necessary funding. Roughly 11% of participants receive a combination of both personal and institutional funding, while about 5% fund their participation independently. 

Institutional Members are also taking advantage of the Priority Registration discount for maximum savings. In the Spring 2023 session, institutional members saved more than $315,000 combined!

Update Article Data (1)It is also encouraging to see that Institutional Members continually sponsor their faculty session over session. Of the 207 Institutional Members who take advantage of Priority Registration, 96 have sponsored >10 participants, 86 have sponsored 10 - 49 participants, and 25 have sponsored 50+ participants, respectively (indicated in the chart to the left).

Top Sponsoring Institutions

  • Purdue University
  • Indiana University
  • Princeton University
  • CSU Channel Island
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Spelman College
  • Connecticut College 
  • Swarthmore
A Catalyst for Change

FSP is more than just a professional development initiative; it's a catalyst for positive change in academia. Its commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and support for faculty members at different career stages and backgrounds make it a powerhouse of academic growth and achievement.

As FSP continues to evolve and expand, it remains dedicated to nurturing talent, promoting equity, and fostering a culture of excellence within the academic community. By the numbers, FSP is a testament to the transformative power of tailored, inclusive professional development programs, enriching the educational landscape one faculty member at a time.


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Note: The data used in this report was gathered from program end-of-survey results and FSP participant demographics from 2018 - 2023.