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Old 07-13-2011, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Actually, Osher Centers are available in over one hundred colleges all over the country. There is an Osher center in (I think) every state in the country. Here in NY, the Osher franchise is in Rochester. In Jersey, it's at Rutgers.
Interesting. I had never heard of this program before. How is it funded?
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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So I looked at the UD website and the UD Osher Center is variously located in Wilmington, Dover and Lewes. The facilities in Wilmington are quite large, housed in a former DuPont family mansion that was given to UD (it's also used as a conference centre I believe). Also, I can confirm that UD offers free tuition to persons age 60 and above. In addition to their regular courses and degree programmes, UD offers a Masters of Liberal Studies that is aimed at older/returning students, involving issues of contemporary culture and society, historical trends in social and political views, and related subjects. It's a 30 semester hour programme, including thesis or research project.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:24 AM
 
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Good information in this thread!
On a similar note, U of D used to offer free tuition to your kid if you lived in-state, the SAT scores were high enough, and if you were an employee of the University. That sure helped us; don't know if it's still offered.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:32 AM
 
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Interesting. I had never heard of this program before. How is it funded?
I knew that Bernard Osher was a successful businessman in Maine, NY and California, and was the founder of World Savings which eventually became Wachovia, but I had to look up the rest. This comes from Wikipedia.

"As a philanthropist, Osher founded the Bernard Osher Foundation in 1977. The foundation is a major supporter of higher education and the arts, Osher has consequently become known as "the quiet philanthropist." A recent initiative of the Foundation has funded over 120 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at universities and colleges in the United States since 2001."

The foundation has raised over a billion dollars for these programs. In 2006 alone, that donation was almost three quarters of a billion. Wikipedia says that he has no heirs so he plans to give everything he has away for the benefit of others. I think I like this guy!
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Oh BTW, in reference to the college office in Rehoboth, there is a Wilmington University office on Rehoboth Ave. about a block up from the boardwalk. I'm unaware of any other uni offices or facilities in Rehoboth.
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:32 AM
 
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Oh BTW, in reference to the college office in Rehoboth, there is a Wilmington University office on Rehoboth Ave. about a block up from the boardwalk. I'm unaware of any other uni offices or facilities in Rehoboth.
So that's just offices? I was so surprised to see something like that among the t-shirt shops and yogurt stands just a block from the ocean. I wonder how they scored prime office space like that?
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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I don't know if they have any course offerings there or not. It looks pretty small. In addition to their main campus outside of New Castle, Wilmington University has a campus in Dover. I don't know if they actually offer courses in Sussex Co. or not. I think they are pretty highly capitalised. They are a completely private, proprietary institution that was only started in the later years of the last century. They seem to specialise in older students (though this may be late 20-somethings in many cases). I've known several such who've done bachelors or masters degrees there. They're geared to working people and have many evening classes.
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