Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Learning After 50

There are some great educational opportunities if you are over fifty. There is a program called the Bernard Osher Foundation which provides educational programs all over the United States. These are non-credit educational programs specifically developed for seasoned adults who are aged 50 and older.  These classes are connected with a university connection and are university supported. They also have a robust volunteer leadership and sound organizational structure as well as a diverse repertoire of intellectually stimulating courses.

Here is a list of where these courses can be found:

List of Institutes
  • Aquinas College*
  • Auburn University*
  • American University*
  • Arizona State University*
  • Berkshire Community College*
  • Boise State University*
  • Bradley University*
  • Brandeis University*
  • Carnegie Mellon*
  • Casper College*
  • Clemson University*
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • Colorado State University*
  • CSU Channel Islands*
  • CSU Chico*
  • CSU Dominguez Hills*
  • CSU East Bay*
  • CSU Fresno*
  • CSU Fullerton* 
  • CSU Long Beach*
  • CSU Monterey Bay*
  • CSU San Bernardino*
  • CSU San Marcos*
  • Dominican University*
  • Duke University*
  • Eckerd College*
  • Emory University*
  • Florida International University*
  • Florida State University*
  • Furman University*
  • George Mason University*
  • Granite State College*
  • Hampton University*
  • Humboldt State University*
  • Indiana State University*
  • Iowa State University*
  • Johns Hopkins University*
  • Kennesaw State University*
  • Louisiana State University*
  • Northwestern University*
  • Oklahoma State University*
  • The Pennsylvania State University*
  • Rochester Institute of Technology*
  • Rutgers University*
  • Saginaw Valley State University*
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco State University*
  • Santa Clara University*
  • Sierra College*
  • Sonoma State University*
  • Southern Oregon University*
  • Stony Brook State University of New York*
  • Temple University*
  • Texas Tech University* 
  • Towson University*
  • Tufts University*
  • UC Berkeley*
  • UC Davis*
  • UC Irvine*
  • UC Los Angeles*
  • UC Riverside*
  • UC San Diego*
  • UC Santa Cruz*
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville*
  • University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa*
  • University of Alaska at Fairbanks*
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Arkansas*
  • University of Cincinnati*
  • University of Connecticut*
  • University of Dayton*
  • University of Delaware*
  • University of Denver*
  • University of Georgia*
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa*
  • University of Illinois*
  • University of Kansas*
  • University of Kentucky*
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Massachusetts – Boston*
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan*
  • University of Minnesota*
  • University of Missouri – Columbia*
  • University of Montana*
  • University of Nebraska*
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas*
  • University of Nevada, Reno*
  • University of New Mexico*
  • University of North Carolina, Asheville
  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington*
  • University of North Dakota*
  • University of North Florida*
  • University of Oklahoma*
  • University of Oregon*
  • University of Pittsburgh*
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Richmond*
  • University of South Carolina Beaufort*
  • University of South Dakota, University Center*
  • University of South Florida*
  • University of Southern Maine*
  • University of Southern Mississippi*
  • University of Texas at Austin*
  • University of Texas at El Paso*
  • University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston*
  • University of the Pacific*
  • University of Utah*
  • University of Vermont*
  • University of Virginia*
  • University of Washington*
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee*
  • Vanderbilt University*
  • West Virginia University*
  • Widener University* 
  • Yavapai College*

*Endowed program

In the San Francisco area, there are programs in the East Bay, Santa Clara, and San Francisco and the classes are very inexpensive and VERY worthwhile. In SLC, there are courses at the University of Utah. In Kansas, there is one at KU, and in Missouri, one at the University of Missouri.

You can even do a search on OSHER at the University close to where you live, or you can contact their headquarters in Maine.

Check it out if you are looking for mental stimulating activities and interested in learning new things.  It is good exercise for your mind as well as give you something to talk about at girls night out or on the golf course.


Kathy G said...

Thanks for the information. Unfortunately, the closest location to me is in the middle of the state, 100 miles away.

AnotherQ said...

Bummer! It's such a good program!