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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!