Union Institute & University
|Union Institute & University|
|Cincinnati, Ohio, Hamilton, 45206
|President||Roger H. Sublett|
|School color(s)||Green and yellow|
|Accreditation||The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association|
Union Institute & University (UI&U) is a private, non-profit university, which specializes in limited residence and distance learning programs. With the main campus in Cincinnati, Union Institute & University operates satellite campuses located in Montpelier, Vermont, Brattleboro, Vermont, North Miami Beach, Florida, Los Angeles, California, and Sacramento, California.
Union Institute & University received regional accreditation from The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1985 and currently enrolls approximately 2,000 students from across the country.
Union Institute & University traces its origins to 1964, when the president of Goddard College hosted the presidents of nine other liberal arts institutions at a conference to discuss cooperation in innovation and experimentation (Barrett, 1972). The Union for Research and Experimentation in Higher Education was established with Antioch College, Bard College, Goddard College, Chicago Teachers North, Monteith Masson, New College at Hofstra University, Sarah Lawrence College, Shimer College, and Stephens College originally forming The Union (Barrett, 1972).
Renamed The Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities in 1969, The Union directed its focus toward providing educational opportunities for non-traditional students whose needs were best served by a low-residency college experience, as well as those students who sought to conduct socially relevant research in an interdisciplinary manner. By 1971, five more colleges and universities joined the Union, bringing the total consortium to 22 schools of higher education (Barrett, 1972). Since its inception in the 1960s, The Union has a continuing emphasis in its programs on social relevance and interdisciplinarity of research.
The Consortium provided administrative support for a number of programs run by its member schools under the title The University Without Walls. It also formed a graduate school called The Union Graduate School, which offered a Ph.D. in Arts and Sciences. The consortium filed for bankruptcy in 1978. Emerging from its bankruptcy, the institution renamed itself The Union Institute in 1986. Doctoral programs were based on the tutorial system.
As the Union Institute, the school acquired Vermont College in Montpelier, Vermont from Norwich University. In October, 2001, Union was renamed Union Institute & University. The purchase of Vermont College added several Masters degree programs and an Adult Degree Program to Union Institute & University’s existing undergraduate and doctoral programs. This enabled The Union to provide a progression of degree opportunities, along with certificates in advanced graduate study. Samuel Baskin, a psychologist and educational reformer who served on the faculty of Stephens College and Antioch College was the first president of the Union Institute & University.
The Union Institute & University's Ph.D. program came under scrutiny by the Ohio Board of Regents, culminating in a 2002 Reauthorization Report. In response to the Report, The Union has undergone major academic and structural changes, including dissolution of The Union Graduate School and restructuring of Ph.D. programs. The Ph.D. in Arts and Sciences, for example, was redesigned to a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Union Institute & University awards the following degree programs:
- Tania Aebi, youngest person to circumnavigate the globe, in a 26-foot sailboat, age 18–21, author of Maiden Voyage and I've Been Around.
- Rita Mae Brown, author of Rubyfruit Jungle.
- Danny K. Davis, Congressman for Illinois 7th District.
- Clarissa Pinkola Estés, author of Women Who Run With The Wolves.
- Sidney Harman, owner of Newsweek magazine and founder of harman/kardon, Inc..
- Gerald Haslam, award-winning author of Workin' Man Blues, Straight White Male, and Coming of Age in California.
- Carl Hausman, Professor of Journalism, Rowan University, author of "Lies We Live By" and several other books about journalism and media ethics.
- Michael T. Klare, Five Colleges Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, Hampshire College.
- Bernie Krause, bioacoustics authority.
- Phillip Lopate, film critic, essayist, fiction writer, poet.
- Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica, first female prime minister of Jamaica, 2006–2007; 2012–Present.
- Gary Null, talk radio host and author on alternative and complementary medicine and nutrition.
- Lincoln Ragsdale, member of the Tuskegee Airmen and real estate developer in Phoenix, AZ.
- Barbara Vacarr, former president of Goddard College, 2010 - 2013
- Clayton Valli, prominent deaf poet and linguist.
- Barrett, L. (1972). Report of a visit to the University Without Walls by the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities Yellow Springs, Ohio, May, 1972 for the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. ED083909. Retrieved from http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED083909
- Black, L.R. (1975). Alternative education and corrections: Some new dimensions. Union Press, Monograph II.Retrieved from http://eric.ed.gov/?q=Alternative+education+and+corrections%3a+Some+new+dimensions.+&id=ED107603
- Fairfield, R. P.(1972). To bury the albatross? Journal of Research and Development in Education, 5(3), 107-18.
- Goetz,K. (2004, March 27). Union Institute rules get stricter:Financial aid, progress in Ph.D. program documented more closely. The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved from http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/03/27/loc_union27.html
- Hungerford, A. & Fairfield, R. P.(1973). University without walls and Union Graduate School: New frontiers in humane learning. Engineering Education, 63(7), 505-511.
- Kirkhorn, M. (1979). Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities: Back from the brink. Change, 11(3), 18-21.
- Peale, C. (2014, April 24). Union Institute did distance learning before it was cool. The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved from http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2014/04/24/union-institute-distance-learning-cool/8117261/
- Sanders, Donald P. (1974). School as an experimenting institution: An approach to the reform of secondary education. ED093789. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED093789.pdf
- Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities. (1970). University without walls: A proposal for an experimental degree program in undergraduate education. ED067064. Retrieved from http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED067064
- Union Institute & University (n.d). History. Retrieved from https://www.myunion.edu/about/history/