Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 38, Issue 5, pp 355–368

Emeritus Colleges: Enriching Academic Communities by Extending Academic Life


    • Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, College of EducationMichigan State University
    • College of EducationMichigan State University

DOI: 10.1007/s10755-012-9247-7

Cite this article as:
Baldwin, R.G. & Zeig, M.J. Innov High Educ (2013) 38: 355. doi:10.1007/s10755-012-9247-7


The emeritus college, a recent higher education innovation, provides retired professors with a means to stay intellectually engaged and continue to contribute professionally in retirement. The emeritus college can also help institutions maintain a steady flow of professional talent by making retirement more attractive for senior academics. This article introduces the emeritus college concept; discusses its implementation at four universities; assesses its benefits for individuals, institutions, and the community; and offers guidelines for institutions wishing to implement their own emeritus college. The emeritus college can provide a bridge from an academic career to a fulfilling retirement while also helping to enrich academic communities.


Emeritus faculty Retirement Faculty development

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