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Gold CapTIAA Institute Higher Education Series: Understanding Academic Productivity

The TIAA Institute is proud to present the TIAA Institute Higher Education Series: Understanding Academic Productivity. The papers in this series support NACUBO’s Economic Models Project, which aims to provide colleges and universities with knowledge, ideas and tools to advance more sustainable economic models.

A Message from Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. and John D. Walda (PDF)

Conceptualizing and Measuring Productivity in U.S. Higher EducationJuly 2016Christopher Mackie, Committee on National Statistics, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The Public Good, Productivity and Purpose: New Economic Models for Higher Education
July 2016
Genevieve G. Shaker and William M. Plater, Indiana University

The Public Good, Productivity and Faculty Work: Individual Effort and Social Value
July 2016
Genevieve G. Shaker and William M. Plater, Indiana University

Course-Level Activity-Based Costing as an Academic and Financial Tool
July 2016
William F. Massy, Stanford University

The Limits of Institutional Measures for Assessing State, Regional and National Postsecondary Productivity
July 2016
Nate Johnson, Postsecondary Analytics, LLC

Latest Research from the Institute

Individual Attitudes & Behaviors
2016 Retirement Confidence Survey of the State and Local Government Workforce  (PDF)
November 2016
Paul J. Yakoboski and Joshua M. Franzel

Organizational Effectiveness 
Bridging Learning Research and Teaching Practice for the Public Good: The Learning Engineer
November 2016
Candace Thille, Stanford University

Organizational Effectiveness 
Cost Savings or Cost Shifting? The Relationship Between Part-Time Contingent Faculty and Institutional Spending
November 2016
Steven Hurlburt, Delta Cost Project, American Institutes for Research; Michael McGarrah, American Institutes for Research

Organizational Effectiveness 
The Shifting Academic Workforce: Where Are the Contingent Faculty?
November 2016
Steven Hurlburt, Delta Cost Project, American Institutes for Research; Michael McGarrah, American Institutes for Research

Organizational Effectiveness 
Boards and Institutional Diversity: Missed Opportunities, Points of Leverage
November 2016
Peter D. Eckel, University of Pennsylvania; Cathy A. Trower, Trower & Trower, Inc.

Organizational Effectiveness 
Cultivating Strategic Innovation in Higher Education
November 2016
William G. Tierney, University of Southern California; Michael Lanford, University of Southern California

Organizational Effectiveness 
Assessing the Underpinnings of Performance Funding 2.0: Will This Dog Hunt?
November 2016
William Zumeta, University of Washington; Amy Y. Li, University of Northern Colorado

Organizational Effectiveness 
Performance Funding on the Ground Campus Responses and Perspectives in Two States
November 2016
Amy Y. Li, University of Northern Colorado; William Zumeta, University of Washington

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Thought Leaders in Financial Security

 Douglas Bernheim
Douglas Bernheim, Stanford University

 Jonathan Reuter
Jonathan Reuter, Boston College

 Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson, Columbia University

 Brigitte Madrian
Brigitte Madrian, Harvard University

 Bill Zumeta
Bill Zumeta, University of Washington

 Annamaria Lusardi
Annamaria Lusardi, The George Washington University

 Conrad Ciccotello
Conrad Ciccotello, Georgia State University