The TIAA Institute-GFLEC Personal Finance Index

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As state and local governments focus on pension and retiree healthcare reforms, public sector employees are focusing on “reform” of their personal retirement planning and saving.

Higher education’s dual mission of research and teaching position the sector to rapidly discover and deploy new processes for teaching and learning. However, resource constraints and traditional structures in higher education can pose major barriers.

While reliance on part-time contingent faculty has helped constrain faculty compensation costs, it hasn’t produced the same level of savings in total compensation costs for all employees.

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How well individuals navigate life’s financial decisions is dependent, at least in part, on their knowledge and understanding of personal finance. The Personal Finance Index offers unique insights concerning Americans’ capacity for sound financial management and decisionmaking.

Improvements in the overall economy between 2012 and 2015 have enhanced working women’s short-term financial position. But their long-term financial status and levels of financial knowledge have changed very little.

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

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