The National Resource Center for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes

The National Resource Center (NRC) for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes is headquartered at the University of Southern Maine (USM) within the Division Professional and Continuing Education.The NRC serves as the national center for the current network of 117 lifelong learning institutes throughout the nation.

The National Resource Center for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes plays a lead role in disseminating information on effective educational programming for older learners. In addition to providing information and connections via this web site, the Resource Center plans an annual national conference and provides a range of ways to help OLLIs to connect with one another.

The Bernard Osher Foundation designated the Osher Institute at USM as the National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes in 2004. The Center is not a governance body, but is rather a center for excellence and dissemination of best practice models. Each Osher Institute reflects the culture of its own university and its learning community. The National Resource Center exists to facilitate the exchange of opinions, solutions and experiences among institutes throughout the country so that all can benefit.