Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Since 2001, California State University, East Bay’s Concord Campus has been the home of the SCHOLAR program, which became SCHOLAR-OLLI in January 2003 and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University, East Bay in January 2005.  At present, the program offers approximately 120 courses and lectures per year in subjects that range from the liberal arts to the natural sciences.

The program is funded by a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation and supported by membership dues and program fees.  Significant support also is provided by the Cal State East Bay Concord Campus, which contributes outreach services and space for lectures, courses and Advisory Board meetings, as well as by Cal State East Bay University Extention, which provides administrative and marketing support.

Our Mission

Providing a learning environment for mature learners which fosters creativity, self-discovery and peer education.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Cal State East Bay, funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation and Cal State East Bay, provides opportunities for lifelong learning to members and participants age 50 and better in Alameda and Contra Costa counties (and throughout the U.S. and Canada, online).  We offer affordable, exciting, engaging and challenging lectures, courses, and field courses in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities presented by Cal State East Bay emeritus faculty and other distinguished educators. No Homework. No Tests. No Grades. Learn more, Age less.