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Does your OLLI have an organizational strategic plan?

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

Maxine L. Doherty, OLLI at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI have an organizational strategic plan?  If yes, is it posted on your website, or is it otherwise available?  Please contact Bill McAllister at OLLI at UAH with your response at billmcallister94@gmail.com.

You are also welcome to send a copy to the OLLI National Resource Center if you would like to add it to the OLLI Materials Library on the OLLI NRC website.

What types of fundraising events does your OLLI do?

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

Matt Weidman, OLLI at Widener University, Asks OLLI:

What types of fundraising events does your OLLI do, and do you have an annual fundraising goal (monetary) that you try and meet? If so, what is it?

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!

Is your OLLI using video conferencing equipment?

Posted on July 11th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

John Woods, OLLI at George Mason, Asks OLLI: Is your OLLI using video conferencing equipment?

OLLI at George Mason has purchased a video conferencing system to be used for classes and is also planning to use it for staff meetings as we have both volunteer coordinators and program people at our three sites as well as part-time staff at our remote sites.

Do you have any videoconferencing tips to share with OLLI at GMU? How are you using your videoconferencing system? Have you used it for staff meetings or committee meetings? Courses? Presentations? Communications or sharing classes between OLLIs?

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.)

Does your OLLI’s curriculum committee use a planning timeline?

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

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

Does your OLLI’s curriculum committee use a planning timeline? I am looking for a planning timeline that can help frame what the committee needs to be doing as well as how far in advance.

Documents may be emailed to Kyle at the National Resource Center, kallen@usm.maine.edu.

Does your OLLI have a complaint procedure?

Posted on February 21st, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Julia Cayuso, OLLI at the University of Miami, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI have a complaint procedure? If so, where does it appear in writing, and is it separate from complaint/grievance procedures of the host institution?

OLLI and opportunites for host-institute graduate students

Posted on December 5th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Maxine Doherty, OLLI at The University of Alabama Huntsville, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI offer opportunities for host-university graduate students to propose, prepare, and teach short courses/give lectures for OLLI members? If so, what criteria do you use to select the graduate students? Do you provide guidelines for submission of course proposals? If so, would you be willing to share the guidelines? Do you offer stipends or some form of remuneration to the graduate students selected? If so, is the remuneration on a “flat-rate” or number of hours taught basis?

Individuals or organizations that stand to gain financially from soliciting OLLI members as clients

Posted on December 4th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

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

How have other OLLIs dealt with study group/course proposals from individuals or organizations that stand to gain financially from soliciting OLLI members as clients? (For example, an investment firm wanting to do a course on financial planning for older adults.) Have other OLLIs developed any guidelines/policies for instructors that include something along the lines of “do not solicit OLLI members for your business”?

Do you have a formal leadership development program?

Posted on October 26th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Jeanette Toohey, OLLI at University of North Florida, Asks OLLI:

Do you have a formal leadership development (not succession) program? What plans and processes do you have in place to develop potential leaders?

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