You would think that by the time teachers retire the last thing they’d want to think about is classes. And yet teachers flock to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College both as members and as presenters. For some it’s an immediate transition – they couldn’t wait to get in. For others, after a period of rest and relaxation, they find they miss the classroom and find OLLI provides all or most of the good things with few of the pressures.
A class addressing a timely topic:
Mental health has always been an exceptionally important issue for people of all ages, one that is highlighted during the uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Does the health care system in America deal adequately with issues of mental health and emotional well-being? When do we reach out for help, to whom can we turn for assistance? How do different societies and cultures deal with these issues? This conversation is intended to address these and other related questions in a way that is engaging and empowering for all.
Pew’s “After the Fact” podcast asks a question at the heart of the human experience—how do we learn? And as we continue to live longer than previous generations, what are we discovering to help increase lifelong learning and prepare the workforce of the future?
Work is changing and lifelong learning is becoming a requirement. In response, educational systems around the world will have to shift both what they teach and how they’re financed.
In the United States, only about 45% of college students graduate with a full degree in four years. That leaves 55% who intended to get a degree but, at the end of a typical college term, do not have one.
The number of people holding a partial degree that grants them little in the eyes of employers is overwhelming. What’s more, by and large, we aren’t effectively enabling learners in our organizations. Every day, the skills gap grows wider and deeper. How can we reverse this trend?
The good news: Within reach is the change I believe can accelerate us into a lifelong learning model. It starts by credentialing every semester of college.
According to Forbes, it is within reach: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbeshumanresourcescouncil/2020/07/03/a-path-to-lifelong-learning-credentialing-every-semester-of-higher-education/#1a6df24e5ae1