MISSOULA – The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Montana (MOLLI), which offers noncredit academic short courses to individuals who are age 50 and older, has surpassed its all-time enrollment high.
This fall, there are 930 individuals registered for courses, and MOLLI membership grew to 737 members – an all-time high for the fall semester. More members join and more students register every day.
MOLLI is one of many Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the country. The program is a resource for older adults who enjoy learning, connecting socially with others and having a relationship with UM. MOLLI courses are enjoyed without the added pressure of grades or tests.
“I am so proud of the increased participation,” said MOLLI Council Chair Ann Boone. “It shows that learning for the sake of learning is important to our community. The numbers are the result of hard work and members with open minds.”
MOLLI courses are offered during three, six-week terms: fall, winter and spring. This fall, 23 different courses are offered, as well as several special member events and an educational trip to Vienna in partnership with the UM School of Music. The courses are academic in nature and traditionally taught by UM faculty, emeritus faculty and professionals from the community.
Examples of courses offered this term include “The Bakken Petroleum Field: Energy and Problems” with Ian Lange and Taresa Spade and “The Dead Do Tell Tales: Forensic Anthropology” with Garry Kerr.
MOLLI is a membership organization, and annual memberships cost $20. Each class is $60, with a discount for individuals taking multiple classes within the same term.
“We try to keep it affordable and accessible to everyone,” said Roger Maclean, dean of the School of Extended & Lifelong Learning, which facilitates and houses the MOLLI program. “It really is a community program.”
Registration is still open for fall term. People interested in taking a course or becoming a member should contact the MOLLI office at 406-243-2905. Winter term begins Jan. 22.
For more information call Beth Burman Frazee at 406-243-6721, email