IUF Crowdfunding


The Mini University fund supports the IUAA’s annual signature event, bringing 500+ attendees from across the country to IUB for a week of learning and personal enrichment.

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Mini University invites participants to IU’s Bloomington campus each June for a week of exemplary educational and personal enrichment activities that showcase IU’s world-renowned faculty and embody the value of lifelong learning. The Mini University Fund was established to support unexpected opportunities, timely collaborations, and creative ideas that enhance the weeklong gathering, such as additional programming, tours, and special events.

IU’s world-renowned faculty and a compelling array of course offerings are the main draw for adults of all ages, IU alum or not, to take part in this intensely IU experience—all without the demands of homework or the dreaded pop quiz. The social bonds and sense of community are the reasons many participants return every year.

Ranked by Arthur Frommer's “Budget Travel” as one of the best learning vacations in the country, Mini University was conceived in 1972 by IU alumni Frank Jones and Jim Hertling. Over the years, participant feedback has continuously improved the program. In true academic form, a 2012 article in the Journal of Teaching and Education recognized this commitment as a mainstay of IU’s Mini U success. Now more than 50 years old, Mini U is a long-standing, driving force for adult learning—proof that the IU education doesn’t end at graduation.


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Curt Simic
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