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Josh Raney

Josh Raney

Director - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

College of Education and Health Professions

(RSSV)-Research & Service Units

Phone: 479-575-3541

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Josh earned a B.S.B.A. in Marketing (2003) and M.Ed. in Human Resource Development (2008). He has been with the university for 12+ years and currently serves as the interim director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U of A  is Arkansas' leading university affiliated, non-profit program providing high quality, affordable educational, cultural and social opportunities for seasoned adults.

Job Duties:

The Director of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) manages every facet of the department with the concurrence on many issues with the Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions. This includes conceptualizing, planning, developing, marketing, and coordinating the programming that's offered each semester. Additionally, the director oversees the OLLI Advisory Board, manages the departmental staff, and oversees the financial operations. The Director represents OLLI's leadership role in lifelong learning through presentations at regional, state and national conferences as well as presentations to various university and community organizations and committees.

Personal Information:

Josh is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys participating in recreational sports. In his free time he takes advantage of the exceptional recreational opportunities that Arkansas has to offer such as canoeing, camping, hiking, biking, etc. In addition to the outdoors, Josh enjoys listening to music, especially live concerts, and enjopys photography as one of his favorite hobbies. Josh has had photographs published in the Capture Arkansas 2010 & 2013 picture books.

University Perspectives

Chasing Waterfalls - Hiking the natural state's scenic waterfall

B.S.B.A. in Marketing
M.Ed. Human Resource Development

PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS

Supporting College and Career Readiness through University and High School Partnerships. Innovations in School Counseling Preparation Conference. Athens, GA, February 2016.

Higgins, K., Moore, S., Raney, J., Ritter, G. (2015). Second Year Results from a Random Assignment

College Access and Career Coaching Program (Razor C.O.A.C.H: Creating Opportunities for Arkansans’ Career Hopes). Arkansas Education Report. Vol. 12, Issue 2.

Fostering Partnerships Focused on College and Career Readiness. Arkansas Career Development Association Conference. Little Rock, AR, July 2015.

A University and High School Partnership Focused on College and Career Readiness. Southern Regional Education Board’s Go Alliance Webinar Series. Webinar presentation, April 2015.

Razor C.O.A.C.H. Arkansas School Counselor Association and Arkansas Department of Education Summer Conference. Hot Springs, AR, July 2014.

Supporting College and Career Readiness in Northwest Arkansas. EYE to the Future: Education, Youth, and the Economy. Rogers, AR, June 2014.

Razor C.O.A.C.H.: Supporting College and Career Readiness in Arkansas. 2014 OEP Conference - Diplomas, Certificates and Degrees: Helping Arkansas Students Find Their Ideal Careers. Little Rock, AR, May 2014.

A University and High School Partnership Focused on College and Career Readiness College Board’s Destination Equity 2014: Charting Bright Futures for All. Los Angeles, CA, April 2014.

Supporting Students through a Partnership between a University and local school districts. National Career Development Association’s Global Conference: Celebrating 100 Years of Career Development. Boston, MA, July, 2013.

  • College of Education & Health Professions Superior Service Award, University of Arkansas - 2013

  • University of Arkansas Human Resources Certificate - 2009

  • University of Arkansas, College of Education and Health Professions Outstanding Service to Faculty Award - 2009

  • University of Arkansas, Rehabilitation, Human Resources & Communication Disorders Departmental Staff Award - 2008

  • University of Arkansas, College of Education and Health Professions Best All Around Employee of the Year - 2007