The 2012-2015 Survey of Emeriti Activity
his fall, CUCEA will launch its eighth survey of how UC emeriti contribute their time in retirement. Previous editions of this survey have shown that UC emerita and emeritus colleagues continue to be productive members of their local communities as well as their academic and professional organizations. Many continue to teach—either on their home campuses or elsewhere. Many continue their academic interests in research, writing, and creative work, and to publish and present their work in exhibitions and invitations as guest lecturers.
This important study and the reports that derive from it help to convey the breadth and depth of the contributions that retired UC faculty and other emeriti make to UC and society in active retirement. Most importantly, information gained from this inventory offers strong support for the value of emeriti to UC that justify to a significant extent the costs of their retirement benefits.
The survey will attempt to reach all members of the UC emeriti community—not just those who are members of their Emeriti Associations. Each campus Emeriti Association will be responsible for reaching out to its own emeriti population.
A large majority of emeriti have indicated a preference for online communication about emeriti activities. When the survey is launched, they will be given a link to an online site and a convenient format for completing it—no paper, no stamps, no mailing. But those who state a preference for the traditional approach will receive their surveys in the mail.
In previous years, this project was called the “Biobibliographic Survey” or the “Bio-bib Survey.” In the current version, CUCEA has given this project a new label, “Survey of Emeriti Activity.” The new title is a more descriptive one and more inclusive of the scope of scholarship and service that emeriti are involved in.
The survey will be launched within a few weeks. As before, the campus Emeriti Association presidents are hoping that there will be a high participation rate from each of the campuses.