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The History of Osher


The History of Osher at UC Riverside

The Bernard S. Osher Foundation was established in 1977 to benefit a wide range of educational, cultural, and other organizations primarily in the San Francisco Bay area and in Maine. The foundation began giving Lifelong Learning grants in 2001, and UC Riverside received its first grant of $100,000 in 2003. In all, the foundation has provided funding to create Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at 117 universities and college campuses in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

UCR was one of 11 campuses within the University of California and California State University systems to receive the $100,000 grant and one of only two in Southern California in 2003.

In 2007 UCR received an endowment of $1 million. The grants enabled the university to generate stimulating university-level courses that enrich the intellectual, social and cultural lives of its members ages 50 and above.

Initially, a curriculum advisory board composed of retirees and UCR faculty emeritus was formed to assist with course selection. Now entering its 12th year, the program offers multiple-meeting classes held during the day, Monday through Friday and some weekends, in a variety of stimulating topics. Classes are noncredit and have no tests, grades or entrance requirements other than the love for learning. Study groups, seminars and lectures are held every Tuesday (September – June). Educational field trips and public forum/lectures are scheduled on various days.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
UC Riverside Extension Center

1200 University Ave., Ste. 333
Riverside, CA 92507-4596

UCR Extension Center

Tel: Work(951) 827-7139 or Work(760) 834-0997
Fax: Fax(951) 827-3043
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