Seniors and others seeking university education can sign up now for an inexpensive and expanded program in which Wichita State University is creating more classrooms in the community.
WSU has created the Lifelong Learning program for seniors this fall, said Kim Moore, director of WSU’s office for workforce, professional and community education.
Hundreds of seniors contacted the university a few weeks ago after they read a newspaper story saying that WSU wanted to expand courses and place more classrooms in the several locations in Wichita, Moore said.
Anyone can sign up for these classes. But many seniors were attracted by how WSU offers these courses to seniors for zero tuition, Moore said.
Kansas Board of Regents policy states that people 60 or older can audit classes offered by Kansas universities and pay only some lab or special course fees, if applicable, Moore said. People younger than that would be asked to pay tuition, she said.
“We received so many calls,” she said. “So we want to reach out to the community and offer more than before, with more options for people.” She urged people to sign up early; some facilities have limited space.
Seniors in the past have often told WSU officials that they’d like to take WSU courses but worry about driving onto a crowded campus and finding classrooms among the many buildings, Moore said. So WSU chose to send classrooms into the community, she said.
According to WSU, classes for the fall include:
▪ Workshops in Kansas history – “Kansas State of Mind: Exploring Kansas’ Impact on the Nation Through Her Causes, Politics, Culture and Faith,” downtown senior center; “Adapting to Kansas Change: The Kansas Story,” Reflection Ridge Retirement Community
▪ Workshop in music – “Music in Film,” Kansas Masonic Home
▪ Workshop in history – “Great Britain in 1912: Downton Abbey in Peril,” Larksfield Place
▪ Course in religion – “Archaeology and the Bible,” Larksfield Place
To see what’s available, to register and to get complete details on each class, visit www.wichita.edu/lifelonglearning. To get a registration application, call 316-978-3731 or e-mail Conference.Office@wichita.edu. Students can also pick up an application from one of the centers, Moore said.
Per the Kansas Board of Regents’ policy, students 60 or older can enroll as auditors in academic credit courses, when space is available, without paying tuition. The only cost is any workshop fees and lab/special course fees. In addition, seniors who have not previously been enrolled at WSU must pay a one-time application fee of $30, Moore said. Seniors must present a Medicare card or valid driver’s license to validate age.