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EIU School of Extended Learning



The primary objective of Eastern’s Academy of Lifelong Learning is to provide adults with educational opportunities that connect them to a variety of topics, organizations, and each other.  The Academy promotes self-directed learning which encourages participation in short courses that appeal to individual interests.  Members may audit full-semester EIU courses for comprehensive study with the Academy Pass.  Our goal is to encourage learning through the growth of accessible, innovative programming. 

For more information: Academy Membership





Why join the Academy?  

You are supporting free and low-cost learning events for adults in our area.  Benefits include discounted pricing for Doudna Fine Arts Center premier events for members; complimentary parking pass for on-campus Academy events; Academy Pass courses; EIU University Bookstore discount and more. 

Join here: JOIN NOW!









Our new semester of learning starts on August 21, 2021. 

Here are a few course highlights for your consideration:

  • Native American Tools with Larry Kinsella
  • Helicopter Air Evacuation
  • The Sergeant’s Daughter: Author Talk
  • The Power of Non-Violent Struggle for Social Change
  • My Eight Years Underwater 









What is the Academy Pass?

Academy members may take one traditional course per semester without tuition or campus fees.  The goal is full engagement in a class that you choose! You may select almost any topic of interest with few restrictions. No college credits are earned.  You will have the benefit of an EIU email account, and use the online learning platform, D2L.  EIU degree-seeking students come first to fill courses. 

Call us to discuss your options:  217-581-5114




Membership and Donations
  For membership information:
click here
  Gift & membership information:  click here  
  To donate to the Foundation:
click here


Event Registration
  For Online Event Registration:
click here
  For Registration by Mail:
Academy of Lifelong Learning
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920



Would you like to share your expertise with adults who enjoy learning? 

The Academy accepts proposals for workshops and courses from area experts in history, health, fine arts, etc.

If you are interested or have questions, please call 217-581-5114 or email





Meet the Advisory Council

(in alphabetical order)

 Bonnie Buckley
Diana Glosser
Janet Messenger
Terry Smith
Luz Whittenbarger
Dan Cougill
Chris Houchens, Chair
Michael Murphy
Carolyn Stephens, Past Chair
Lois Dickenson
Al Joyner
Deanna Smith
Andrew White


Contact the Academy  

Marita Metzke, Director

Phone: 217-581-5114
Fax: 217-581-6697

Office Address
Academy of Lifelong Learning
School of Extended Learning
1420 Buzzard Building

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School of Extended Learning

600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-5114

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