Educational Institutions

Elderhostel DBA Road Scholar

aka Road Scholar

Boston, MA

Mission

Not-for-profit Road Scholar inspires adults to learn, discover and travel. Our learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime.

Ruling Year

1978

President and CEO

Mr. James Moses

Main Address

11 Avenue de Lafayette

Boston, MA 02111 USA

Keywords

Road Scholar, Lifelong Learning, Education, Travel, Retirement, Elderhostel, Older Adults, Outdoor Adventure, Fine Arts, Service Learning, Intergenerational

EIN

04-2632526

 Number

6964367542

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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Our programs

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Educational Travel Programs

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Our Results

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Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Related program

Educational Travel Programs

Context notes

Since its founding in 1975, Road Scholar has enrolled more than 5 million participants in its educational adventures worldwide.

Number of programs offered

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Related program

Educational Travel Programs

Context notes

Road Scholar works with 218 institutions worldwide and utilizes world-class instructors and experts around the world to offer its programs, providing behind-the-scenes access.

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our goal is to share the joys of educational, social travel with all older adults who are seeking meaningful group learning experiences. As an outcome, we seek to increase the number of participants reporting one or more life benefits from their experience. In 2015, we had 100,000 enrollments. More than 90% of participants reported that they learned something new. 43% or participants also were revitalized by their participation. And over 25% of participants stated that their perspective on the world changed and/or they stepped outside their comfort zone.

We will attract Baby Boomers to our community of lifelong learning while improving accessibility and program offerings for all older generations. We will develop new programs designed to meet the evolving needs and interests of Baby Boomers. We will celebrate age diversity among all participants. We will engage our participants and deepen their sense of belonging to and idenitity as members of our community of lifelong learners

This year, we will work with our extensive program provider network to test innovative program concepts. We will also work with our deidcated Volunteer Ambassadors to inspire adults to learn, discover and travel. With more than 150 active Ambassadors currently delivering presentations across the country, these enthusiastic participants volunteer their time to promote Road Scholar's enriching travel adventures and the value of lifelong learning in their local communities and beyond. Since the inception of the Ambassador program, volunteers have delivered more than 5,000 presentations and introduced more than 125,000 individuals to Road Scholar's unique brand of educational travel.

Program success is monitored by an evaluation survey that is sent to every participant of a Road Scholar program. Surveys measure more than a dozen aspects of the the program experience from the pre-enrollment communications to the qualtiy of the education; the balance of lectures; the level of physical activity; etc. as well as the impact of the program on the participant's life. Survey results are used to make immediate improvements to programs; direct long term program development; and set organizational goals.

In 2015, surveys of program participants showed: 90% of participants learned something new; 85% met interesting fellow participants; 45% were revitalized by their program experience; 25% stepped outside their comfort zone; 20% changed their perspective on the world; and 15% fulfilled a lifelong dream.

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Financials

Elderhostel DBA Road Scholar

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes