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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas

About the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at KU

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas is a part of KU Professional & Continuing Education. We are committed to creating accessible and innovative learning environments throughout Kansas and the Greater Kansas City area, with special focus on participants age 50 and over although anyone can participate. Learners from all backgrounds and levels of education are welcome to enjoy the benefits of Institute membership.

Choosing from a diverse collection of courses, learners create their own program of personal development, expanding their views of the world and enriching their lives and their communities.

Faculty and facilitators are carefully selected to assure they have the academic qualifications, a passion for the topic, and a love of teaching to create a meaningful and fun learning environment.

The University of Kansas is deeply grateful to the Bernard Osher Foundation in San Francisco for partial funding of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas as one of its affiliates in the United States.


Mission

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas provides intellectually engaging and enriching classes and events solely for the joy of learning to diverse communities of lifelong learners, with a focus on those 50 years of age and older.

History

The University of Kansas is one of 120 sites in 50 states selected by the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco to become a member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Since our inaugural season in the fall of 2004, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas has offered several hundred courses to more than 3,000 registered participants at 42 venues throughout Kansas and the Greater Kansas City area. In our 11 years, more than 125 instructors have shared their expertise, developing fascinating courses on a wide array of topics.

Formal partnerships have been developed and successfully sustained with nearly two dozen residential retirement communities in Kansas and Missouri. Additional Osher Lifelong Learning sponsorship's have been created with museums, art organizations, libraries, private foundations, higher education institutions including Regents Institutions, community colleges, senior centers and other community organizations.

In 2007, the Osher Foundation recognized the number of persons served and the quality of the programs offered and awarded the Osher Institute at KU $1 million to be endowed in support of the Institute’s ongoing work. In 2014, the Osher Foundation again recognized the progress of our Institute with a second $1 million endowed gift. As with all endowments, the principal cannot be used. However, as the economy improves, the interest will help underwrite programs. We also rely on small grants and the generous contributions from Friends of Osher to keep course fees low and meet the needs of seasoned adults who want to learn for the joy of learning and personal fulfillment.


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