Since 2000, the AAUP has conducted two major nationwide surveys of faculty retirement policies. The surveys, initiated by an AAUP Committee on Retirement, cover early retirement incentive plans, phased retirement plans, and health insurance coverage for retirees. The first survey, published in 2000, responded particularly to concerns raised in the 1990s that the elimination of mandatory retirement would slow voluntary retirement, making it hard for institutions to secure resources for new appointments.

The second survey, published in 2007, explored how policies changed since the 2000 survey in light of the fact that a large wave of faculty retirements was anticipated, or might have been occurring already.

2007 survey co-sponsors were the American Council on Education, the American Association of Community Colleges, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the American Association of University Professors, the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, and the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

The TIAA-CREF Institute, the research foundation of faculty retirement insurance provider TIAA-CREF, generously financed both surveys. The Cornell Higher Education Research Institute helped to support the 2007 survey.

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