Shimer College is a small liberal institution based in Chicago, Illinois that has begun to offer free programs to seniors. As post-retirement life becomes extended due to longer lifespans, better healthcare and more, older individuals are searching for more meaningful ways to pass the time. What is more meaningful that learning? According to Huffington Post, "People aged 65 and older currently make up a little more than 13 percent of the U.S. population and as the Baby Boomers age into senior-dom, that number will surely rise." Shimer College takes this and more into account with its inclusiveness.
By doing so, Shimer College also fosters different perspectives in the classroom. Generational differences are as eye-opening as gender and racial ones.