Opportunities for intergenerational learning abound on college campuses. The advantages of these experiences for both young and mature learners are well documented, particularly in the context of service learning, civic engagement, and other experiences outside the classroom. Less well documented but no less compelling are the advantages of intergenerational learning within the traditional classroom setting. At the University of Richmond, our vision of intergenerational learning is one where adult students share the college classroom with traditional-aged students, and cross-school collaboration is a central tenet of the learning experience for all students. What follows is a presentation of why we are making it part of our institutional strategy, and some of the challenges we foresee in our efforts to create a meaningful and unique learning environment.

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Copyright © 2009 University Professional & Continuing Education Association. This article first appeared in Continuing Higher Education Review 73 (Fall 2009): 218-23.

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