The mission of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Arizona State University is to provide non-credit, university-quality learning experiences for adults ages 50+ through diverse classes, campus-based learning opportunities, and public service initiatives. We are a community of engaged learners discovering the joy of lifelong learning at its best . . . no tests, grades, or educational requirements!
OLLI at ASU began in 1999 when under the guidance of Professor Vincent Waldron, the College of Human Services at ASU began investigating community-based lifelong learning opportunities for older adults. In Fall 2001, Dr. Waldron in collaboration with ASU’s Dr. Richard C. Knopf, oversaw the development and delivery of the first slate of offerings in the West Valley community of Surprise.
By March 2004, the success of the program resulted in a grant from the The Bernard Osher Foundation to help create a self-sustaining institute with the goal to help older adults develop new skills and insights and become active resources and leaders in their communities. In 2007, ASU received a permanent 1 million-dollar endowment based on the growth and innovations of the institute. We now offer programs in the West and East Valleys. We encourage you to support lifelong learning so we may continue to grow our program into a self-sustaining institute serving the Valley of the Sun.
The Bernard Osher Foundation in San Francisco was created in 1977 by California businessman Bernard Osher. The foundation collaborates with universities nationwide to offer intellectually stimulating learning opportunities for older adults.
Members who leave their Arizona homes for the season can keep their learning going by attending other OLLI programs. You can quickly locate OLLIs around the country, as well as find information, resources, and lifelong learning connections on the National Resource Center for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes.