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.

A subsequent gift from the Foundation endowed OLLI thus ensuring its long term viability while recognizing it as a program of national distinction.

For a more detailed history from 1994 to 2004, view our 10th Anniversary Booklet.