Thursday, December 11, 2014

Academics Prepared for Retirement

Inside Higher Ed
December 11th, 2014

The economic downturn appears to have pushed back the timeframe for many higher education employees to retire -- but when they ultimately do, they will be better prepared financially and otherwise than other Americans, a new survey suggests.
The survey, by the pension giant TIAA-CREF, asked a group of higher education professionals a set of questions about their retirement plans and preparation, and compared those findings with a similar survey of all Americans.
Academic employees are likelier than other Americans to plan to work past the age of 65 -- 40 percent of campus workers said they plan to retire by 65, compared to 46 percent of all U.S. workers. And a full 25 percent of academics said they expected to retire at 69 or over, compared to 17 percent of other workers.
But when asked at what age they thought they would retire a decade ago, 56 percent of higher education employees had envisioned retiring no later than 65. (The number for all Americans was even higher: 64 percent.)

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