Retirement Issues

Retirement Issues
Sep 09, 2016
A new president fights to juggle a budget crunch with other major initiatives while faculty members worry about institutional direction and spending on big-ticket items.

Surveys

Sept. 29, 2014: Inside Higher Ed's 2014 Survey of College and University Human Resources Officers explored the views of these key campus leaders on issues such as adjunct pay, retirement, and

The survey was conducted in conjunction with researchers from Gallup. Inside Higher Ed regularly surveys key higher ed professionals on a range of topics.

A copy of the report can be downloaded here.

On Oct. 13, Inside Higher Ed Editors Doug Lederman and Scott Jaschik led a free webinar analyzing the survey's findings and answering readers' questions. View the webinar here.

The survey was made possible in part by financial support from SkillSurvey and Workday.

Archive

July 12, 2011
Once competitors, TIAA-CREF and Emeriti team up to promote their products and persuade colleges that a major liability is looming.
January 5, 2011
Debate over pension perks for high-paid UC execs is political pickle for Mark Yudof, who risks alienating key players or stoking populist rage. For now, he's opposing execs.
September 22, 2010
Should colleges and their employees be doing more to encourage savings and better-informed planning?
September 20, 2010
Facing a retiree uproar, Dartmouth backtracks on plan to eliminate an unusual payout to the families of deceased employees.
July 6, 2010

Ever since the huge drops on Wall Street in the fall of 2008, some college leaders have predicted that academics would get more skittish about retirement and might delay a decision to leave full-time teaching and research. Anecdotes abound of scholars putting off retirement to build their retirement accounts back up.

May 5, 2010

At a time when tenure track jobs are drying up and faculty pay is mostly stagnant, some fear the latest threat to the professoriate will actually be realized years from now. As budgets tighten in states across the country, a number of legislatures are re-evaluating the popular pension plans that have been a key benefit for faculty.

April 12, 2010

For many faculty members, this year has been one of adjusting to the reality that their retirement nest egg is smaller than it used to be. Funds took hits of various sizes, depending on the level of risk participants accepted.

February 25, 2010
Tough budget times have colleges offering early retirement incentives to free up funds, and others report difficulties maintaining current retirement contribution levels.
September 17, 2009
TIAA-CREF survey of academic employees nearing retirement age finds plenty of concern about finances, but relatively modest shifts in investment strategies.
May 8, 2009
Survey from TIAA-CREF backs anecdotal evidence that economic downturn is leading professors to delay retirement plans.

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