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.
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.
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.
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.
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