Senior education is one way that PSU Reflects its motto “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” PSU is a national leader in making its many varied academic resources available to older citizens. In 1973, PSU began offering eligible older adults a chance to attend its classes at no charge alongside registered students. Alongside senior education, more recently, PSU collaborates with another enrichment program providing opportunities for older adults to attend monthly programs including musical recitals and lectures by professors and local professionals.
Portland State University (PSU) is the only major comprehensive research university for the Portland five-county metropolitan area of more than 2.4 million people. PSU and its faculty of 1,800 in its nine schools and colleges provide undergraduate and graduate degree programs for a student body of 28,400 part-time and full-time students.
Senior Adult Learning Center
SALC was established 44 years ago as a pioneering program to encourage life-long learning among local residents. Its popularity among Portland area seniors inspired the Oregon legislature to pass House Bill 2011 in 2010 requiring the state’s institutions of higher education to waive tuition for courses audited by Oregon residents aged 65 or older. Today, more than 2,000 seniors are registered “Senior Auditors” at PSU, and in the 2016-2017 academic year, they enrolled in courses amounting to more than 13,000 credit hours.
Given the intense financial pressures on PSU due to limited state funding, the cost of operating SALC is covered entirely by donations from Senior Auditors and in-kind contributions from PSU’s Institute on Aging and the College of Urban and Public Affairs, where SALC is housed. To learn more about SALC, visit our site: https://sites.google.com/a/pdx.edu/salc/home.
Retired Associates of Portland State University (RAPSU)
In the early 1990s, several SALC Senior Auditors and the SALC coordinator developed another dimension to the auditing experience. In 1992, they established the “Retired Associates of Portland State University,” whose mission is “to bring together adults aged 50 and older in a university setting where they may share opportunities for intellectual, social, and personal growth.” One does not need to be retired, a former student, a current SALC auditor, or an Oregon resident to be involved in RAPSU; one only needs to be aged 50 or more and have an interest in learning something new or meeting new people. The most engaging part of RAPSU is the monthly/bi-monthly programming offered to members, visit (https://sites.google.com/site/rapsuatpsu/Home/upcoming-meetings). Past presentations include Thomas Lauderdale (Pink Martini), Rob Davis (Oregonian), and former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts.
If you are 50+, take a look at RAPSU’s programs and leadership opportunities and if you are 65+ and live in Oregon, perhaps it is time to go back to university and continue the learning that you have been engaged in throughout your life.
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