Lifelong learning programs at Bradley began in 1994 with the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR).
In 2008, The Bernard Osher Foundation awarded Bradley a grant that established the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - OLLI at Bradley University.
Through two separate $1 million gifts from the Foundation, OLLI at Bradley is recognized as an Osher program of distinction.
There are 119 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLIs) spanning all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each is an independently operated lifelong learning initiative of its host college or university and is supported in part by The Bernard Osher Foundation. The national Network formed progressively over a period of nearly 15 years, beginning in 2001. As of November 2015, more than 151,000 people nationwide are members of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes. Through satellite locations or partner organization locations, the 119 OLLIs offer courses and activities in nearly 300 individual cities and towns throughout the U.S.
For a more detailed history from 1994 to 2004, view our 10th Anniversary Booklet.
You may also enjoy reading more of our history in the program from our 20th Anniversary luncheon.