Higher Education

Helping leaders achieve outcomes that matter

The TIAA Institute serves as a trusted source of knowledge, helping higher education leaders navigate transformational changes. The Institute provides research and assembles leading thinkers with diverse views on critical topics to help leaders formulate well-reasoned strategic responses to critical issues in academic workforce trends, leadership and financial sustainability.  

Insights

Today’s student body represents a vast spectrum of backgrounds, values and beliefs—which presents a unique set of challenges for leaders striving to meet changing student needs.

Since the financial crisis of 2008, board agendas have been dominated by financial and enrollment concerns. Yet boards can also play a key role in addressing issues of diversity, equity and inclusion on campus.

Nearly all college and university leaders want to foster more creativity and innovation in their organizations. Yet the concept of innovation remains nebulous and the conditions that enable it are not well understood.

Research Reports

Can a university’s characteristics be a better indicator of an endowment’s effectiveness than endowment size? 

Performance funding applies financial incentives to higher education, tying a portion of public institutions’ state appropriations to retention rate, degree completion and other student outcomes.

Leaders of America’s private liberal arts colleges are facing the future with optimism and a willingness to try innovative approaches while still preserving the essential missions of their institutions.