Today’s older adults expect to work in some capacity well into the retirement years. Many want to return to college, retool for new careers, and embrace lifelong learning. They are committed to living active, engaged lives with a sense of purpose and impact.
The Emergence of Encore Adulthood
- Dr. Phyllis Moen
Encore Adulthood: Boomers on the edge of risk, renewal and purpose
Despite widespread interest, few pathways to such post-career social impact work exist. Those who want second acts in their lives find neither roadmaps nor blueprints.
Given this mismatch between what many workers want and could offer to their communities and outdated policies and practices, older workers and retirees find little structured guidance.
Higher Education and Encore Adults
- Marc Freedman
We are on the leading edge of an expanding landscape of higher education institutions exploring ways to bring Boomers back to campuses to consider what is next.
Universities such as Stanford and Harvard offer opportunities for late-career professionals to share the experience of reimagining possibilities during a fellowship year.
UMAC goes beyond these pioneer programs to fashion an innovative experience that balances scholarship with applied learning and social impact in a multigenerational learning community.
As a public land-grant university, Minnesota is poised to be a key leader in this movement by designing and testing a sustainable model.