Frequently Asked Questions


Are there prerequisite, educational requirements?

A: No, just a desire to fulfill your intellectual curiosity.

Q: Whom do I contact to join SAGE?

A: Call our office at (818) 831-5064, leave a message and a Membership Committee member will return your call.

Q: Where do the SAGE classes meet?

A: The classes meet in classrooms at the St. Andrews & St. Charles Episcopal Church, 16651 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills, CA.

Q: What does membership cost?

A: An annual fee of $250 per member or $450 for husband and wife, payable to SAGE, CSUN.

Q: When is the fee payable?

A: It is payable in full before the start of the Fall session in September.

Q: How long is the presentation expected to be?

A: Since the sessions are two hours in length with a ten-minute break, a presentation is limited to an hour and fifty minutes including the discussion period.

Q: Are there any additional costs entailed over and above the membership fee?

A: On the day of your presentation, you are expected to furnish refreshments (e.g. cookies and/or fruit) and help set up and prepare for the coffee break. The cost of the coffee, tea, etc. is covered by SAGE.

Q: Are there computer learning classes?

A: No, there is no longer a Senior Computer Class. The class was offered twice a year at CSUN in a computer lab. The computer instruction came to a close in 2012 after a 23-year run.

Q: How long are the four sessions?

A: Ten (10) weeks in the Fall, Winter and Spring -- Seven (7) weeks in the Summer.

Q: How are the subject topics determined?

A: Fellow SAGE members suggest discussion topics for consideration and selection by the Curriculum Committee.

Q: How does a member select the classes he/she wish to attend?

A: After the Curriculum Committee determines the subjects for consideration, the selections are submitted by mail to the membership at large and each member responds with choices of one or more subjects.

Q: How many classes are held Monday through Thursday?

A: There are normally four two-hour classes scheduled each day.

Q: What is a presentation?

A: Each class participant chooses a subject within the group's overall study topic, researches it and makes an oral presentation designed to stimulate group discussion.

Q: Do I need to prepare an outline of my topic?

A: An outline of your topic is to be prepared and distributed to class members the week prior to your presentation. This allows classmates to familiarize themselves with the topic and to generate questions for discussion.

Q: Are there any ongoing social activities sponsored or endorsed by SAGE?

A: A retreat, periodic forum luncheons, and periodic day trips to museums and other cultural attractions in the Los Angeles area.

Q: What, if any, other activities are there?

A: Very often classmates arrange to lunch together at neighboring eateries. Additionally, members form groups to attend theatre productions, arrange bridge groups and find other activities outside of the SAGE program.

Hopefully, we have addressed all your questions. If not, call us at 818-831-5064 or email us and leave a message which will be followed up ASAP.