ERIC Number: ED250999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Age Discrimination on Campus.
AAHE Bulletin, v37 n3 Nov 1984
Issues of mandatory retirement for faculty are discussed. In 1978, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act was amended to raise the age of forced retirement to 70, but tenured college professors were exempted from the protections of the amendment. Arguments raised by advocates of forced retirement for tenured college professors include: the decline in the number of 18- to 21-year-olds will adversely affect college enrollments; older faculty are less productive than younger faculty; and administrators will be unable to implement affirmative action programs for minorities and women unless older faculty are forced to retire. The Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF) recently surveyed retired annuitants. It was found that 85 percent of participating colleges and universities ignored the exemption, and only 21 percent of annuitants had been forced to retire because they had reached the mandatory retirement age. TIAA-CREF found that male faculty/administrators who were retired had an average retirement income of $30,000, while female faculty/administrators were retired on an average income of only $20,000. The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association oppose the exemption for tenured faculty. (SW)
Descriptors: Age Discrimination, College Faculty, Federal Legislation, Higher Education, Mandatory Retirement, Older Adults, Teacher Retirement, Tenured Faculty
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.