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ERIC Number: ED347868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 166
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-309-04498-7
Ending Mandatory Retirement for Tenured Faculty: The Consequences for Higher Education.
Hammond, P. Brett, Ed.; Morgan, Harriet P., Ed.
This report discusses whether the special circumstances of tenured faculty in higher education justify a continued exception to the national policy prohibiting age discrimination in employment, and examines a number of practical steps that are available or could be made available to address the problems raised by the elimination of mandatory retirement. Among the topics discussed are: the effects of uncapping on faculty retirement; faculty performance and institutional quality; pensions, retirement programs and costs; and retirement incentive programs. Two key conclusions are presented: (1) at most colleges and universities, few tenured faculty would continue working past age 70 if mandatory retirement is eliminated; and (2) at some research universities, a high proportion of faculty would choose to work past age 70 if mandatory retirement is eliminated. Committee recommendations include suggestions for continuing retirement income; the adoption of policies by Congress, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Equal Opportunity Commission concerning employer contributions based on estimated level of pension income; and minimum and maximum goals for inflation-protected pension income for better resource allocation and the limiting of inadvertent incentives to postpone retirement. Appendices include a description of study methods, discussion of national faculty databases, and a summary of the characteristics of institutions and faculty, and biographical sketches of committee members and staff. Contains 108 references. (GLR)
National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20418 ($20 U.S.; $24 Export).
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.
Identifiers: N/A
Note: Prepared by the Committee on Mandatory Retirement in Higher Education.