Fall classes return for Alaska's lifelong learners

OLLI registration will have a new approach

In Fairbanks, OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program at University of Alaska Fairbanks, will begin registration in August for its fall semester classes and will use a new lottery system to accommodate high demand. Classes are offered to adults age 50 and older and topics cover films and photography, exercise and recreation, arts and crafts, foods and flowers, healthy living, science and mathematics, literature and languages, history, politics, other academics, and much more.

The new registration system will allow students to sign up for the classes they want, using a ranked choice, and placing them in a lottery when the enrollment exceeds the class size limit. For example, suppose enrollment in a particular course is limited to 12. If 15 people list this course as their first choice, a lottery will be run only from those 15 to fill the 12 spots. If only 10 people list this course as their first choice, then all 10 will get spots, and the remaining two spots would be subject to a lottery with the people who listed that course as their second choice.

Registration is online through the OLLI website at http://www.uaf.edu/olli. Or paper forms can be submitted to the OLLI office by mail or drop off. Call 907-474-6607 for address and location information, or email uaf-olli@alaska.edu.

The fall semester begins Monday, Sept. 12. Registration schedule is as follows:

Request courses Aug. 15 - 22 (online at http://www.uaf.edu/olli or through the office)

Lotteries for high-demand courses run Aug. 23 - 24; no registration requests accepted at this time.

Aug. 25 and after: lottery result notifications emailed to students; registrations accepted for immediate enrollment in remaining open seats.

OLE in Anchorage

Anchorage’s Opportunities for Lifelong Education program, or OLE, begins its fall term registration on Aug. 29. Classes will run from Sept. 27 through Nov. 18. For more information on courses that will be offered and how to register, visit http://www.oleanchorage.org.