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The Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) in Brief

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Date Founded 1992
Affiliations Sponsor - SUNY Empire State College. A.L.L. is a program in the Office of Communications and Marketing. National Organization - Road Scholar Institute Network.
Pilot Program Spring 1993
First full term Fall 1993
Number of terms per year 2 (fall and spring)
Membership total 330 per term
Membership requirements A love of learning. No age or other prerequisites.
Members' professional backgrounds Varied - teaching, medicine, the arts, homemaking, administration, journalism, business, religion, other
Governance The executive council, elected by the general membership, develops policy. Member volunteers elected to serve on the council are: the chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary, and the committee chairpersons (curriculum, finance, resource development, membership, and event planning). Appointed positions are: historian and Third Age Press editorial board chairperson. The A.L.L. executive director, the past executive council chairperson and the Empire State College liaison are ex officio members of the council.
Curriculum Approximately 30 study groups are offered each term in the fields of literature, writing, the arts, computers, religion, science, health, current events, local interest and history depending on the interests of members and availability of leaders.
Similar Programs A.L.L. is one of more than 420 Lifelong Learning Institutes across the United States, Canada and Bermuda affiliated with Road Scholar.
What makes A.L.L. unique?
  • Small classes - maximum 15-50 participants in a study group.
  • Active membership - enabling members to become better acquainted, form lasting friendships and participate actively in study groups.
  • Participatory program - members make decisions from curriculum to dues structure to scheduling and length of terms.
  • Participatory learning - format is seldom lecture, rather consists of discussions, reports, demonstrations and " hands-on" activities. Members take active roles in their learning.
  • Peer leaders - Most A.L.L. study groups are peer led.
Media Contact

Executive Director Jeff Shinaman

telephone: 518-587-2100, ext. 2390