Founded in 1962 as the Institute for Retired Professionals at the New School the IRP was the first post-career peer learning community and it became a model for the Lifelong Learning Movement.  Now more than 500 campuses around the country host forms of the lifelong learning movement.  In the summer of 2020 the program moved to the Graduate Center at CUNY and was renamed the Lifelong Peer Learning Program (LP2).  Lifelong Peer Learning Program participants are both advisors and members.

As a non-credit offering for adult learners, this lifelong learning program is in the portfolio of the Office of Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation at The Graduate Center, led by a Director and Dean as well as an Advisory Board that shapes the program’s overall vision, mission, and values. Committee chairs guide admissions, curriculum, diversity, finance, marketing, and other important areas.