The Enrichment Program connects the intellectually curious adult to DU's outstanding faculty, facilities and programming, and Denver's rich cultural community through non−credit classes. With adult education offered through short courses, lectures, seminars, weekend intensives, and evening classes, you can explore a wide range of subjects: from history and contemporary issues to science, literature and the arts—without the pressures of exams, grades or admission requirements.
Lifelong learning in the Enrichment Program allows you to discover a new interest or reengage in an old one, discuss favorite subjects with peers and scholars, explore current events, or deepen appreciation of the arts. Center your studies on what interests you. Whatever your motivation, this innovative, non-credit program is sure to stimulate your mind and reawaken your curiosity—all for the love of learning!
Dr. Andy Fine is a primary care/internal medicine physician in Denver who enjoys the blend of mountain activities and the diversity of Denver's restaurant and cultural offerings. He seeks out Enrichment Program classes to "learn about new things and have discussions with thoughtful, reflective people."
What attracted you to the Enrichment Program in the first place?
The Enrichment Program is a cultural and educational gem that is unique in Denver. It offers a wide range of practical and thoughtful courses, cerebral without being overly academic, enhanced by vigorous class discussion.
What motivates you to be a lifelong learner?
Curiosity. Part of the thrill of being alive is that there are always new things to think and learn about. As new interests or ideas emerge, I am curious to understand how these affect my life and my community.
Why do you enjoy taking Enrichment courses?
We get access to the best DU faculty for affordable prices in a relaxed setting. We are there to learn and enjoy, without having to focus on essays or grades.
What has been your favorite Enrichment course?
"Truth, Beauty, and Justice." We realized that each of us has a different experience of, and definition for, these three things, and our conceptions of them changed as we heard each other, and some of the best thinkers through the ages, reflect on what these terms mean.
Sometimes the people, experiences, and activities that are most important to us have a way of slipping out of our life. Learning is like that — it can be neglected unless we make a special place for it. In
autumn of 2003, University College of the University of Denver embarked on a new endeavor: to offer
courses with no grades or exams, for those who simply love to learn. ... Three hundred people signed up
for these courses during the first term they were offered. What a success!
~ Jim Davis, then Dean of University College, Winter/Spring 2004
Before Enrichment opened its doors in the fall of 2003, Jim and founding director Ana Sanjuan hit the streets of Denver, visiting institutions such as Denver Center Theatre Company, Colorado Symphony and the Denver Art Museum. They also bent the ear of nearly every dean and department chair at DU—all in an effort to sell the idea of something called the Enrichment Program. I think we can conclude that it worked! Today our course offerings are up by 148 percent and enrollments up by 75 percent. We proudly collaborate with Denver's top tier cultural institutions, and we rely on instructors that include the best and brightest at DU and leading experts from the Denver area.
We'd like to share a few numbers representing the last 10 years of Enrichment, some of which continue to amaze even those of us who've been here since the beginning:
12 — age of youngest student
12 — # of students who've taken more than 20 courses
19 — repeat offerings of one course (Drawing for People Who Think They Can't Draw)
51 — most courses taken by one student
52 — # of offerings in Fall 2013 compared to 21 in Fall 2003
62% — female students
100 — age of oldest student
450 — most enrollments in one class (An Evening with Author Michael Pollan, Winter/Spring 2013)
1,200 — most enrollments in one term (Winter/Spring 2013)
7,400 — total students since Fall 2003
13,650 — total enrollments since Fall 2003
What else can we say but thank you. Thank you for 10 wonderful years, for liking Enrichment enough to keep coming back, and for your endless support and enthusiasm along the way. We're honored to be a place where the Front Range community comes to engage in our unique opportunities for personal enrichment.
Here's to 10 more years of short courses for the love of learning!
Michael McGuire, Interim Dean
Deb Olson, Director