About LLIs
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A Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) is a community of peer-learning in which members, and/or both retired and active faculty, and outside experts learn from and teach each other. LLIs offer non-credit college-level educational experiences, but with little or no homework and at a fraction of the cost. Classes are taught by members, and/or both retired and active faculty, and outside experts who have a particular expertise. But perhaps best of all — the life experience of all members elevates the discourse.What is a Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI)?

LLIs that are members of the LLI Resource Network are committed to:

  • Learners having significant involvement in developing college-level educational programming
  • An organizational structure, which distinguishes the Institute as an educational community of older learners.
  • An educational purpose to the Institute by providing college level course work usually on a non-credit basis.
  • A membership organization in that learners join Institutes. Organizational structures (by-laws, committees, etc.) create an entity with identity and purpose of its own.
  • Open membership by involving members in decision-making. In addition to determining curriculum, members may be active in recruiting new members, financing the Institute and developing social programming.
  • Co-curricular programming by encouraging participation without regard to previous levels of formal education.

About Road Scholar

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At Road Scholar we believe lifelong learning isn’t just a hobby — it’s a way of life. We have spent more than 40 years inspiring adults to learn in Road Scholar experiences around the world, and we have invested significant resources in building the network of Lifelong Learning Institutes across the U.S. Our partnership with Lifelong Learning Institutes speaks directly to our mission and our shared passion for enriching educational experiences for adults across the country.

Through the LLI Network, Road Scholar aims to:

  • Increase public awareness of LLIs and the benefits of lifelong learning
  • Direct inquirers to their closest LLI
  • Facilitate curriculum growth and quality
  • Encourage communication and collaboration among LLIs