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EIU School of Extended Learning

The Academy of Lifelong Learning

The purpose of Eastern’s Academy of Lifelong Learning is to provide adults with educational opportunities that encourage connecting with people and organizations, learning about a variety of subjects, and pursuing a better understanding of our world.  The Academy promotes self-directed learning that inspires participation in programs that appeal to individual interests. Members may audit full-semester EIU courses for comprehensive study with the Academy Pass. Our goal is to support learning through the growth of accessible, innovative programming.


Big Changes in Store!

For more information on our new membership packages, programs, trips, and more, please join us for our Academy of Lifelong Learning Fall 2023 Kickoff Weenie Roast on August 18th, 2023 from 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM in Morton Park. We will have complementary hot dogs, chips, sides, and soda that will be available for all members of the community who want to learn more about the great programs that the Academy of Lifelong Learning has in store! All members of the community are encouraged to attend and learn more about the program. Donations are graciously accepted but are not required.


Please Share Your Thoughts

We are pleased to announce that we are now working on programming for the Fall 2023 semester! During this process, and into the future, we would greatly appreciate if you leave your comments, suggestions, questions, and concerns in our digital suggestion box. Your involvement and feedback are critical to the continuous improvement of our program as we learn and grow. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!


Why join the Academy?  

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


Event Registration

Children's camp registration for Summer 2023 is now available!

Registration for the Fall 2023 semester will begin on July 15th, 2023!


For Registration by Mail:

Academy of Lifelong Learning
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920


Will you share your expertise with adults who enjoy learning? 

The Academy accepts proposals for workshops and courses from practitioners in nature, gardening, nutrition, history, health, fine arts, etc. If you are interested, please call 217-581-5114 or email


Meet the Advisory Council for 2022-2023:


     Judy Brown

Michael Murphy, Chair 

     Brenda Crimmins

Deanna Smith

     Shelley Crouch

Terry Smith

     Lois Dickenson

Ann Spear

     Chris Houchens, Past Chair

Carolyn Stephens

     Al Joyner

Rich Wandling

     Amy Lynch

Luz Whittenbarger














Contact the Academy  

Phone: 217-581-5114

Academy of Lifelong Learning
School of Extended Learning
2146 Buzzard - Charleston, IL 61920 

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We encourage everyone to donate to the EIU Foundation to help programs like ours succeed and thrive

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School of Extended Learning

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

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