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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?

Do you have a writing program at your OLLI? Do you produce an anthology of the work of your writers?

Posted on August 30th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Linda Shook, OLLI at Auburn University Asks OLLI:

Do you have a writing program at your OLLI? Do you produce an anthology of the work of your writers? If you do:
How do you conduct manuscript selection for inclusion?  Have you tried (with or without success) to obtain ISSNs for your anthologies? Have you ever collaborated with another OLLI program to produce a combined anthology?

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?

Have you used a roadside billboard to promote your OLLI?

Posted on April 26th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Jo Brownlie, OLLI at Saginaw Valley State University, Asks OLLI:

Have you used a roadside billboard to promote your OLLI? At a recent charity auction, we purchased a four-week run for an outdoor roadside billboard. (We got a good deal!) Has anyone used a billboard to promote their OLLI? If so, please describe the message and visuals you used.

Does your OLLI offer online courses?

Posted on December 3rd, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

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

Our mission has always been to make our OLLI accessible to all who wish to be involved. OLLI@UND is located on the far east side of the (rural) state with only one other site on the west side of the state. We believe offering online courses will give our OLLI increased visibility throughout the state, more adults can become involved, and hopefully that involvement will lead us to locations where we need to add additional sites. I would appreciate any and all guidance regarding online offerings for our OLLI members.

Search engine optimization for OLLI websites

Posted on November 28th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Cathy House, OLLI at The University of Utah, Asks OLLI:

We are always looking for ways to improve search engine results for our OLLI’s website, a.k.a. “search engine optimization.” What keywords/phrases do you include in your OLLI’s website?

Has your OLLI celebrated a milestone anniversary?

Posted on August 8th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Lucy Woodhouse, OLLI at Furman University, Asks OLLI:

Has your OLLI celebrated a milestone anniversary? If so, how did you celebrate it? It would be fun to hear ideas other OLLIs have on celebrating their special anniversaries.

For OLLIs with per-course fees: how do you encourage people to register for more classes?

Posted on June 14th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Cathy House, OLLI at The University of Utah, Asks OLLI:

For those institutes that charge per-course fees, what methods are you using to encourage people to register for more classes? We currently offer a 10% tuition reduction on two or more courses. We are beginning to think of other methods that would reduce the overhead of processing the discounts –  e.g., an annual rebate program. I would love your insight on what you’ve tried, how it worked, member response/reaction, etc.

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