To enhance the reach of our thought leadership, the Institute collaborates on research and convenings with select organizations.


We collaborate with AARP to help create better lifetime income options for retirement security. Making retirement last a lifetime was the subject of a symposium and a report co-sponsored by the TIAA Institute, the AARP Public Policy Institute and the Urban Institute.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awarded the TIAA Institute a grant to support a joint colloquium designed to advance the policy agenda outlined in the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) study, “Aging and the Macroeconomy: Long-Term Implications of an Older Population,” which focused on policies related to saving more and working longer.

American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

We work with the AASCU to better understand the development of higher education leadership. Supported by a grant from the TIAA Institute, AASCU conducted research and held a symposium on leadership selection and development.

American Council on Education (ACE)

The TIAA Institute collaborates with ACE to promote leadership development in academia and help campus leaders address critical challenges. ACE is also our partner in awarding the TIAA Institute Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education, which is presented at ACE’s annual conference. The Institute also collaborates with ACE to produce and distribute the results of the American College President Study, a leading source of information about college presidents and the higher education leadership pipeline.

Association of Governing Boards (AGB)

The TIAA Institute sponsored several surveys of governing board members at AGB-member institutions to learn about the price, cost and value of higher education in general, as well as the contributions and effectiveness of governing boards.

Center for Retirement Research at Boston College

TIAA Institute partners with the Center for Retirement Research and benefits from their valuable, independent research to advance issues affecting individuals’ income in retirement. 

Center for State and Local Government Excellence

The TIAA Institute collaborates with the Center for State and Local Government Excellence to examine issues regarding retirement readiness. A recent joint study looked at employment, retirement planning and saving experiences among state and local government workers, with special focus on workers’ confidence in their retirement income prospects.

Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)

TIAA Institute and the CIC work together to help colleges prepare for the future, providing the information needed to reconsider institutional missions, pursue new financial models, and develop new strategic initiatives, while maintaining the student-centered nature of these institutions. The Institute sponsored a series of reports as part of CIC’s Project on the Future of Independent Higher Education, exploring the challenges facing higher education, examining alternative college business models, and highlighting the characteristics of smaller private colleges and universities.

Council on Foundations

The TIAA Institute partners with the Council to help senior foundation executives leverage their financial resources in innovative and effective ways. TIAA Institute was the Education Partner to the Council for its second Endowments and Financial Services Summit.

Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center at The George Washington University (GFLEC)

The Institute has joined with GFLEC on issues involving financial literacy and capability among specific populations, including Hispanics, working women and Gen Y. Additionally, with GFLEC’s support, we developed and launched our Financial Capability Index.

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

The TIAA Institute works with the Center on issues related to retirement readiness. Collaborations include a joint report examining the degree of retirement confidence among higher education workers.

SUNY Rockefeller Institute of Government

Issues such as public sector pension reform are among those of common interest to the Institute and SUNY, with whom we co-sponsored a forum on pressing fiscal realities from a long-term perspective.

The Pension Research Council of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (PRC)

We work with PRC on research and convenings designed to strengthen the U.S. retirement system and help individuals, institutions and policymakers make better-informed decisions. To this end, in partnership with PRC, we launched a Behavioral Finance Initiative designed to build knowledge on behavioral issues associated with later career and retirement decisions.

Urban Institute

We collaborate with the Urban Institute to help Americans evolve from saving for retirement to making their savings last a lifetime. A symposium and report addressing the issue were co-sponsored by the Urban Institute with TIAA Institute and the AARP Public Policy Institute. 

Women's Institute For A Secure Retirement (WISER)

The Institute and WISER collaborate to encourage women to strengthen their financial security. A forum co-sponsored by the Institute and WISER, deepened the understanding of policymakers and analysts regarding the unique financial challenges faced by women, as well as presented strategies to address those challenges.