Stony Brook University’s Lifelong Learning Program Receives Prestigious Award From The Association For Continuing Higher Education
STONY BROOK, N.Y. October 27, 2010 – The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Stony Brook University has received a prestigious award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE). The ACHE Older Adult Model Program Award was presented to OLLI program director Janet McLean at the national ACHE conference in Albuquerque, NM on Saturday, October 23. OLLI is a peer-led learning network devoted to retired and semi-retired adults and sponsored by the School of Professional Development (SPD).
According to ACHE President Roxanne Gonzales, “ACHE Awards are a tribute to institutions who have…creative and innovative approaches to learning.” The award is the latest achievement for OLLI, which has previously received recognition from the Bernard Osher Foundation as being a “best in practice” institute. Over the past three years, OLLI has received $1.7M in grants and endowments. Since receiving the first grant, OLLI has expanded its membership by 20% and now offers more than 900 members a wide selection of courses, programs and seminars.
SPD Dean Paul J. Edelson says, “We are so pleased that the Association for Continuing Higher Education has designated Stony Brook University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute as an exemplary model program for retired and semi-retired adults. Director Janet McLean deserves high praise for her leadership role in bringing OLLI to this high level of accomplishment and recognition.”
For more than 20 years, OLLI and SPD have played an integral role in the cultivation and education of local area retirees. Open to all those interested in post-career development, OLLI will continue to spearhead the development of new and engaging programs for members. For more information about the OLLI program, visit its web site at
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About the School of Professional Development
Stony Brook University’s School of Professional Development offers programs that cater to working professionals and retirees seeking fulfillment in education. With convenient daytime, online and evening programs, SPD currently offers dozens of degree, certificate and enrichment programs.
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