Why Colleges Should Welcome the Return of the Boomers

Nine years ago, the American Association of Retired Persons officially shortened its name to its abbreviation, AARP. One big reason was that so many of its older members balked at the notion of a "retirement" that connoted time spent only on leisure activities, when so many of them were continuing to work longer — in the same career or in a new one, as an employee or as a volunteer.

Until recently, 65 was the commonly expected age for retirement. Today Americans expect, with