ERIC Number: ED171202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Higher Education Responds to Changing Retirement Laws: A Follow-Up Report. Policy Briefs, April 1979.
Corwin, Thomas M.; Gross, Anne C.
A survey was conducted of colleges and universities to determine the use of exemption for tenured faculty members and of decoupling measures permitted under Department of Labor regulations. The survey was a followup of an earlier study by the American Council on Education. The followup sample was composed of the 353 institutions in the original study and 25 institutions added to make the sample more geographically comprehensive. Completed questionnaires were received from 232 institutions. Respondents were asked to indicate which of five stated options on the issue of mandatory retirement would best serve the interests of higher education. Outright opposition to "uncapping" legislation received about 44 percent of the vote, and the options of "seeking a permanent exemption for tenured faculty members" and "pointing out implications for faculty employment practices" each received about one-quarter of the total vote. Eighty-three percent of all respondents reported that they had a mandatory retirement age. Data are presented on the mandatory retirement age for tenured and for nontenured faculty members. The number of institutions reporting that they will and will not use the exemption and the reasons offered by those who will not use it are presented. Thirty-one percent of institutions have used or intend to use decoupling policies. (SW)
Descriptors: Age, College Faculty, Educational Practices, Employment Practices, Followup Studies, Full Time Faculty, Higher Education, Mandatory Retirement, National Surveys, Part Time Faculty, Personnel Policy, Teacher Retirement, Tenure
Policy Analysis Service, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Washington, DC 20036
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Policy Analysis Service.
Identifiers: Age Discrimination in Employment Act 1967; Legal Analysis
Note: Table 4 ("Institutional Plans for Using the Tenured Faculty Exemption") may not reproduce well