ERIC Number: ED343641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Colorado Community College Survey--Faculty Retirement and Retention, Final Report.
Keller, Louise J.
In 1991, a study was conducted to provide a demographic profile of Colorado's community college faculty; to determine their retirement intentions; to predict the percent of faculty retiring over the next 14 years; to ascertain those incentives most favorable for retaining the services of faculty beyond their retirement eligibility; and to determine other aging/retirement concerns and perceptions. Surveys were delivered to 1,005 full-time teaching faculty and presidents at the state's 15 community colleges. Study findings, based on a 64.2% response rate, included the following: (1) over 57% of the full-time teaching faculty were over 44 years old, and nearly 20% were over 55; (2) 68.1% of the full-time teaching faculty had graduate degrees; (3) of the full-time teaching faculty 55 years of age and older, 92% planned to continue teaching until retirement eligibility; (4) the major concerns of the respondents about retiring and aging--regardless of age--were adequate financial resources and physical/health problems; (5) most of the respondents favored some form of incentive to continue working beyond retirement eligibility, particularly a raise for each year worked beyond retirement eligibility and part-time work after retirement at a prorated full-time salary; and (6) the respondents agreed that working beyond retirement was often related to income issues and that teaching opportunities at the college were limited for retired faculty. The survey instruments are attached. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Colorado Community Coll. and Occupational Education System, Denver.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Collaborative Education, Research and Training, Inc., Estes Park, CO.