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

Also produced by the TIAA Institute, Insights features reports addressing prominent issues in financial security, higher education, and philanthropy. While typically written for a primarily non-technical audience, Insights are prepared using the same level of academic rigor found in our other research publications, and can serve as valuable sources of information for a diverse group of readers.

June 2021

Many higher education leaders believe any student should be able to attend any university without taking on unmanageable debt. Demographic trends suggest reaching this goal will be challenging.

May 2021

The pandemic has undoubtedly left its mark on higher education. How are institutions responding?

May 2021

America’s private nonprofit colleges and universities are facing serious financial and demographic challenges. How they respond can affect students for years to come.

Research Reports

Original research produced by the TIAA Institute—both independently and in collaboration with noted scholars—examines topics of interest to the academic, nonprofit and public sectors. The reports combine statistical findings with thoughtful, data-driven observations and conclusions to provide in-depth analyses that are informative and appropriate for both technical and more academic audiences.

May 2021

With rising tuition costs under scrutiny, colleges are minimizing annual tuition increases while boosting financial aid packages, straining an already fragile business model.

October 2020

With the 2020–21 academic year underway, the American Council on Education (ACE) is examining how institutions are responding to the pandemic.

March 2020

Donations to higher education have soared in recent times, along with concerns about how the money is being used.