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EncoreU: A New Vision for Higher Education

EncoreU is a catalyst.

EncoreU is a resource.

EncoreU is a rising force for social change – in a sector uniquely poised to shape and inform the social contract.

EncoreU aims to transform a “problem” – millions of retirement-age Americans – into a dynamic solution for some of society’s most persistent challenges, by joining the strengths of institutions of higher education with the skills, talents and experience of 50+ Americans eager for the knowledge and training to advance into new roles that marry meaning with social impact.

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Featured University Programs

Pace University

Pace University’s Encore Transition Program helps executives and professionals transition into encore roles that advance the greater good.

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Tulane University

Tulane University provides older students with the tools to imagine, create and succeed in “careers with a purpose.”

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University of Washington

University of Washington EncoreU initiatives introduce UW employees and retirees to encore opportunities.

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Featured Students

Poem Swentzell

This former massage therapist completed a two-year master’s degree at Washington University in St. Louis to launch her encore in hospice care and healing.

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James Green

This retired University of Washington professor obtained certification in hospital chaplaincy in Seattle and tested the theories he had taught for 30 years.

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Useful Resources About Encore in Higher Education

Universities Cater to a New Demographic: Boomers

In this blog for the Harvard Business Review, Encore.org founder Marc Freedman endorses “schools for the second half of life”  and calls on universities to create them.

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Changing Higher Education to Support Life/Work Transitions

EncoreU director Barbara Vacarr makes the case for experienced students in higher education, as the cutting-edge of a new and growing wave of human talent.

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An Aging America: Higher Ed's New Frontier

What should colleges for people moving into their second half of life look like?  Encore.org Founder Marc Freedman invokes psychologist Carl Jung in in his article for Change Magazine.

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