Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Joy of Learning

My retirement plans have always included continuing education.  A while ago I read about the “Osher Lifelong Learning Institute” – a program which provides university based, non-credit educational programs specifically developed for seasoned adults who are aged 50 and older.  Here’s what I found out at
“The Bernard Osher Foundation, headquartered in San Francisco, was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader. The Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts. The Foundation provides post-secondary scholarship funding to colleges and universities across the nation, with special attention to reentry students.
In the fall of 2000, the Foundation began to consider programs targeted toward more mature students, not necessarily well served by the standard continuing education curriculum. Courses in such programs attract students of all ages eager to accumulate units to complete degrees or to acquire career upgrade skills. By contrast, the interest of more senior students, many of whom are at retirement age, is in learning for the joy of learning – without homework or examinations.
At present, the Foundation supports 117 lifelong learning programs on university and college campuses across the country, with at least one grantee in each of the 50 states (plus the District of Columbia). “
Turns out there is an Osher Institute at my local university - which happens to be both my husband’s and my son’s alma mater.  Membership in the institute is $30 per year.  This fall’s class list includes 36 classes in subjects including history, literature, languages, economics, astronomy, and of course, writing.  Wow!  Tuition and fees are minimal, and if I choose to register as a University Student, I could even sit in the Student Section at the football games.  I’m in!

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