The Ask OLLI blog is a resource for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute administrators to facilitate discussion on a variety of topics related to the creation and management of OLLI institutes nationwide.

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Do you distribute annual evaluations to your membership?

Posted on September 25th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Llana Levine, OLLI at Brandeis University, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI distribute annual evaluations of the program (opinions about staff, facilities, price, etc.) to its membership? Do you have a policy about making such evaluations public?

How does your OLLI handle registration for extremely popular “ongoing” classes?

Posted on September 25th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Abbie Lawrence-Jacobson, OLLI at the University of Michigan, Asks OLLI:

How does your OLLI handle registration for extremely popular, full classes that are “ongoing” in nature in that they repeat each term? Such a class may be a writing class, or a discussion group and the participants find they really get to know one another well and form a deep bond.

Do you (a) give preference to the class members who have participated in the class already (thereby continuing to support the “like family/bonded group” nature of the class) and only allow new members in when spots become available? (b) Do you enforce a “first come first served” policy in which everyone, new or longtime members, has an equal shot at getting into the class each term? Or (c) do you have some other solution? Thanks for any input!

Have you gone to entirely online registration? What kind of feedback have you received?

Posted on September 3rd, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Matt Weidman, OLLI at Widener University, Asks OLLI:
Have you gone to an entirely online course registration system at your Osher Institute that only permits your members to select courses online? If so, what type of feedback (both good and bad) have you received from your members?

Do you offer courses related to preparing for retirement?

Posted on August 23rd, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Janie Spencer, OLLI at The University of Montana , Asks OLLI: Do you offer courses related to preparing for retirement?

Does your OLLI offer courses or a series of courses related to preparing for retirement – a sort of road map … including but not limited to the areas of financial literacy, health care, and legal issues?

Do you have an OLLI survey that you have used to build your case for fundraising, etc.?

Posted on June 12th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Ann Nikolai, OLLI at CSU Chico, Asks OLLI: Do you have an OLLI survey that you have used to build your case for fundraising, etc.?

We plan to survey our membership at CSU Chico to answer the question: “What does OLLI mean to you?” While there will be other data we also want to collect, we’re ultimately wanting to build themes, etc. for our case statement and we want to really dig down into the meaning of OLLI for our membership.

Do you have an OLLI survey that you are willing to share?

Please send copies of your survey to Ann Nikolai at CSU Chico and Anne Cardale at the OLLI National Resource Center. (The NRC will post these survey examples on the national website.)

Do you offer scholarships at your OLLI?

Posted on June 6th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Sylvia Paxton, Dartmouth, Asks OLLI:

1. Do you offer scholarships to your OLLI programs?
2. How do you determine a needs based system?
3. Have you publicized this?
4. Where and what did you say?

Does your OLLI consider the membership fee to be a charitable contribution for tax purposes?

Posted on April 16th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Does your OLLI consider the membership fee to be a charitable contribution for tax purposes?

Katie Helms, OLLI at the University of Arkansas, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI consider the membership fee to be a charitable contribution for tax purposes? Why or why not? What is the norm for most OLLIs regarding whether or not the membership fee is tax-deductible?
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Member orientation and nurturing

Posted on April 2nd, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Jeannette M. Toohey, OLLI at University of North Florida, Asks OLLI:

How does your OLLI orient and nurture its members?

What is your OLLI doing to attract Baby Boomers?

Posted on March 2nd, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

The National Resource Center Asks OLLI:

What are you doing to attract Baby Boomers to OLLI?

Does your OLLI allow non-members to take OLLI courses at a higher course fee?

Posted on September 28th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Connie Hodgson, OLLI at University of North Dakota, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI allow non-members to take OLLI courses at a higher course fee? If so, what percentage of them become members?  Has it proven to be a positive revenue generator?

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