AROHE Mission Statement

AROHE is a nonprofit association that champions transformative practices to support all stages of faculty and staff retirement, their mutually beneficial engagement and continuing contributions to their academic institutions. By sharing research, innovative ideas and successful practices, AROHE emphasizes the development and enhancement of campus-based retiree organizations and programs which support this continuing engagement in higher education.

Whom does AROHE support?

AROHE offers informal and formal networking opportunities, resources and advice to a a variety of entities affiliated with institutions such as:

  • Retired staff and faculty/emeriti associations:  Usually membership-based, these organizations are affiliated with an institution of higher education. They advocate for retirees, plan programs and support the missions of their colleges and universities.
  • Retiree centers: These are campus-funded entities that serve as a link for retired faculty and staff, provide services and programs, and enhance efforts as retirees continue valuable service for their colleges and universities.
  • Emeriti colleges: Usually campus-funded entities or departments that focus primarily on scholarly or research-based endeavors such as lifelong learning classes, speakers bureaus and mentoring projects.
  • Campus departments: entities that develop or support retiree organizations (human resources, academic affairs, development/advancement, alumni affairs.  

History of AROHE

AROHE was incorporated in 2002 as a public-benefit, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with the goal of advocacy in optimizing the lives of retirees from colleges and universities through retiree organizations at higher education institutions. With the motto "To Advocate, To Educate, To Serve," AROHE was formed in recognition of the uniqueness of retirees from higher education and to spearhead the current movement by universities to organize this resource.

AROHE evolved from 15 years of informal conferences hosted by individual universities and was significantly influenced by the longstanding, successful retiree organizations established at such large universities as UCLA, University of Southern California, UC Berkeley, San Diego State, and the University of Washington. Through member networking and biennial conferences, AROHE continues to provide ongoing opportunities for member networking and sharing of successful practices and programs.

Contact AROHE: email (preferred) or call 213-740-5037

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