This research explores the curricular structure, course offerings, and pricing models of non-degree programs for retired professionals (e.g., students 55 and older). We also consider strategies to increase membership for these programs.
Key observations from our research
1. Non-degree programs for retired professionals at profiled institutions and organizations feature course auditing, peer-to-peer learning, faculty lectures, workshops, fellowships, and social events.
2. Contacts report that retired professionals primarily express interest in current events, humanities, and social science disciplines.
3. To successfully implement non-degree programs for retired professionals, contacts at profiled programs seek partnerships within their institutions and in their local communities.
4. Administrators and staff plan to diversify offerings and expand community partnerships to increase the number of participants in non-degree programs for retired professionals.
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