What is the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University (OLLI at Auburn)?
OLLI at Auburn is a membership program for learning in retirement for senior adults, 50 years and older. Founded 25 years ago as the Auburn University Academy for Lifelong Learners (AUall). Today, OLLI at Auburn offers courses in three locations in Auburn, at Auburn University – Montgomery and Chambers County Library in Valley have over 900 members. OLLI members enjoy participation in academic courses, health and exercise activities, and other learning opportunities on an organized basis. As a member led, member driven lifelong learning program, OLLI members participate in leadership and service through the OLLI Advisory Council and on Committees. The OLLI director oversees day to day operations. The OLLI staff is composed of the OLLI director, an OLLI coordinator, OLLI AV Assistants who are Auburn University students, and Auburn University student interns. OLLI is a program of Auburn University Outreach, Office of the Vice President for University Outreach.
There are 119 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLIs) spanning all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each is an independently operated lifelong learning initiative of its host college or university and is supported in part by The Bernard Osher Foundation. The national Network formed progressively over a period of nearly 15 years, beginning in 2001. As of November 2015, more than 151,000 people nationwide are members of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes. Through satellite locations or partner organization locations, the 119 OLLIs offer courses and activities in nearly 300 individual cities and towns throughout the U.S. National Resource Center website: www.osher.net.
There are no formal requirements for membership other than an interest in continued learning. One need not be fully retired, nor must one satisfy academic or experience requirements. Each member shares in the continued development of OLLI. Activities are designed to promote the participation and involvement of members to an extent compatible with their desires.
Last Updated: December 13, 2017