The College + University Teaching Environment (CUTE) survey was designed to measure instructional staff (faculty, instructors, graduate students who teach, etc.) perceptions of institutional support for instruction and meeting instructor needs. More specifically, these items collect data about faculty practice, support, needs, and motivations in order to help institutions looking to improve the ways in which they support their faculty as well as promote discussion between higher education scholars working to improve inequities within the professoriate.
Grounded in the College + University Teaching Environment Framework, the CUTE survey will focus on four main components of a healthy teaching environment embedded within an institution's climate for diversity:
- Processes and policies related to teaching;
- Relationships with colleagues, self, and others;
- Use and availability of resources;
- And relevant affective components.
The inagural 2020 launch of CUTE took on a very different form. As coronavirus cases mounted in the U.S., and colleges and universities started to move their teaching online, the CUTE survey focused on practices in these very specific times. See a facsimile of the online CUTE items as they appeared to instructional staff as well as consent text. The focus of the 2020 CUTE administration examined shifts in teaching practices, what went well, what continued to be a challenge, how faculty chose to adapt, and how that impacted faculty work overall.