Retirement Issues

Retirement Issues
Mar 24, 2014
Anger at faculty layoffs at Southern Maine boils over. Professors say administration is attacking tenure, pitting younger and older faculty members against one another, and undermining liberal arts.


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.


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.
April 1, 2009
TIAA-CREF will challenge Emeriti for an increasingly important market as colleges seek incentives to encourage employee retirements.
March 26, 2009
In podcast interview, TIAA-CREF investment guru shares perspectives on the economic mess -- and how it may change (or not change) the strategies of academics at all stages of their careers.
September 18, 2008
Plenty are seeing their funds shrink amid Wall Street's woes. While that's not unique to higher ed, academe may face particular challenges if more faculty hold off on going emeritus.
July 21, 2008
Philosophers offer views -- ethical and practical -- on whether older scholars should be making room for new Ph.D.'s.


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