1977: Early Gray Hairs for the Professoriate

February 21, 2016

50 Years of Covers

In November 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education will mark its 50th anniversary. To lead up to the occasion, we’ve chosen front pages featuring some of our reporting on key events in higher education and capturing the zeitgeist of the nation’s colleges and universities over the years.

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Legislation to raise the mandatory-retirement age proved contentious not only in Congress but also on campus because an early version of the bill would have let colleges send tenured professors on their way at age 65. “I may die someday, but I’ll never retire,” said one 70-year-old professor of psychology at Western Washington State University. Lawmakers eventually softened the measure, and mandatory retirement in higher education was abolished in 1994. In other front-page news, “state programs of student aid are expected to total $746 million this year,” we reported. Last year the total was $11.7 billion.