Since 1968, an advanced educational program in the fluid dynamics of turbomachinery has been offered by the ASME Turbomachinery Institute at Iowa State University. Initiated by concerned individuals to help meet the need for high-level, continuing education in this field of specialization, the course appears to be accomplishing its original intent. The success of the program can be attributed to a number of factors including a good faculty, an eager and qualified group of participants, and scholarly surroundings. As might be expected, timely and thoughtful planning, good luck and competent support are also essential. Of the many lessons learned about this kind of educational effort, several seem important enough to report in this paper.

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