None of the classes involve roll call, taking tests or assigning grades. The goal is simply to bring adults together to enjoy learning for the sake of learning. Many of the teachers come from within the membership base, having been lecturers, teachers, professors or single subject experts in their prior working lives. A series of single topic lectures are also offered, generally given by visiting university faculty or political figures.
The cost for this program varies by university, with ours currently running $230 for a full year's membership, parking included. For our $230 we can take as many OLLI courses as we wish, attend all campus sporting events at no additional cost, receive discounts on concerts and plays, and apply to audit any of the other classes being taught on campus that are not part of the OLLI program - the ones that do involve roll call, tests and grades!
This semester I'm signed up for Intermediate Spanish, History of Broadway, Intermediate Digital Photography, Intermediate Recorder, Study of Shakespeare, Middle Age European History, Tennis, Beginnig Bridge and a whole slate of one day lectures like Understanding Israeli-Palestinian Tensions, The November Elections, Artificial Intelligence, and Rover Reveals Planet Mars History.
Continuing education programs for older students abound, but for more information about OLLI specifically, visit www.osherfoundation.org. For a list of the 150+ universities currently part of the OLLI program, visit http://www.osherfoundation.org/index.php?olli_list. If your local university is listed, contact them directly for more information, as each university operates their OLLI program independently.