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  • academy of lifelong learning members stand next to buster bronco
  • A group of Academy Lifelong Learning members pose for a photo while standing on a rooftop just outside of Comerica Park in Detroit, MI.
  • Academy of Lifelong Learning members listening to a lecture

On April 1, 2014, Western Michigan University's Academy of Lifelong Learning received a $100,000 grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The grant and our new affiliation with the Osher Foundation is recognition and validation of WMU's exceptional non-credit educational programs specifically developed for seasoned adults aged 50 and older.

In accepting the grant, the academy will now be known as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Western Michigan University. We are excited about the opportunities this new partnership will offer WMU and all the members of the Institute as we continue to grow and expand our already diverse catalog of courses and trips.

Osher Lifelong Learning InstituteFounded in 2011, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at WMU strives to offer high quality non-credit programs for mature adults in the greater Kalamazoo community who have a passion for learning. This volunteer organization, with support from WMU’s Extended University Programs, works with WMU emeriti, faculty and staff to offer courses and trips year-round.

The Institute provides intellectual and cultural stimulation, personal growth, and social engagement to its members in an informal, lively, learning atmosphere. It aims to enrich and extend the quality of life for participants. The Institute is proud to have created a community of lifelong learners in Kalamazoo and looks forward to continued growth as it creates more and more diverse learning experiences for its members.

Catalog and courses

View the current catalog and learn how to register for courses and trips. Learn more on our Courses page.