Union Institute & University

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Union Institute & University
UI&U logo square.png
Established 1964
President Roger H. Sublett
Location Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Colors Green and yellow
Website www.myunion.edu

Union Institute & University (UI&U) is a private, non-profit university that specializes in limited residence and distance learning programs. The Union is accredited by the The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Its main campus is in Cincinnati, Ohio, and operates satellite campuses located in Vermont, Florida, and California.

Background[edit]

Union Institute & University traces its origins to 1964, when the president of Goddard College hosted the presidents of nine liberal arts institutions at a conference to discuss cooperation in educational innovation and experimentation.[1] The Union for Research and Experimentation in Higher Education [2] 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.[3] The Union for Research and Experimentation in Higher Education [4] The "discovery" of the English open education movement may have played a factor in the interest in progressive education.[5] From its inception, The Union had a continuing emphasis on social relevance and interdisciplinarity of research. The Union Graduate School's doctoral programs were based on the British tutorial system. The first doctoral students were admitted in 1970.[6] Dr. Samuel Baskin, a psychologist and educational reformer, who served on the faculty of Stephens and Antioch Colleges, was the founding president of the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities, Union Graduate School, and the University Without Walls. [7]

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.Samuel Baskin was its founding president.[8] By 1971, five more colleges and universities joined the Union, bringing the total consortium to 22 schools of higher education.[9] In 1975, the number of schools in the University Without Walls network reached 34.[10] The Union provided administrative support for these programs under the guidance of Samuel Baskin.[11]

The Union of Experimenting Colleges and Universities, or UECU, disbanded in 1982, but the University Without Walls remained in operation.[12]

Post-Bankruptcy[edit]

Emerging from its bankruptcy, the surviving University Without Walls was renamed sometime between 1986 and 1989 as The Union Institute.[13] The Union Institute acquired Vermont College in Montpelier, Vermont from Norwich University in 2001.[14] The purchase of Vermont College added several Master's degree programs and an Adult Degree Program to the Union's existing undergraduate and doctoral programs. This enabled The Union to provide a progression of degree opportunities, along with certificates in advanced graduate study. In October, 2001, Union was renamed Union Institute and University.[15]

Academics[edit]

Union Institute & University offers BA, MA, and PhD. programs in a variety of fields and disciplines.[16]

The Union Institute and University's Ph.D. program came under scrutiny by the Ohio Board of Regents, culminating in a Reauthorization Report published in 2002.[17] In response to the Report, The Union underwent major academic and structural changes, including dissolution of The Union Graduate School and restructuring of its Ph.D. programs. The Ph.D. in Arts and Sciences, for example, was redesigned to a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies.[citation needed]

Notable Alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barrett, L. (1972), Report of a visit to the university without walls by the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities, Yellow Springs, Ohio,/for the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, ERIC, ED083909. 
  2. ^ Ohio History Connection,n.d.
  3. ^ Barrett, L. (1972), Report of a visit to the university without walls by the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities, Yellow Springs, Ohio,/for the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, ERIC, ED083909. 
  4. ^ Ohio History Connection,n.d.
  5. ^ Smith, L. A. H. (1988), Open Education Revisited--Americans Discover English Informal Education, 1967-1974, ERIC, ED304043, retrieved January 15, 2016 
  6. ^ Fairfield, R.P. (1972), "To bury the albatross?", Journal of Research and Development in Education 5 (3): 107–118 
  7. ^ "Obituary, Samuel Baskin Ph.D.", The Antiochian, 2002, retrieved January 11, 2016 
  8. ^ "Obituary, Samuel Baskin Ph.D.", The Antiochian, 2002, retrieved January 11, 2016 
  9. ^ Barrett, L. (1972), Report of a visit to the university without walls by the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities, Yellow Springs, Ohio,/for the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, ERIC, ED083909 
  10. ^ Marienau, C. (1975), University without walls handbook, ERIC, ED146834, retrieved January 15, 2016 
  11. ^ "Obituary, Samuel Baskin Ph.D.", The Antiochian, 2002, retrieved January 11, 2016 
  12. ^ Grady, J. (October 20, 1989), The Union Institute acquires a new name, a national historic landmark as its permanent home., Cincinnati, OH: The Union Institute 
  13. ^ Grady, J. (October 20, 1989), The Union Institute acquires a new name, a national historic landmark as its permanent home., Cincinnati, OH: The Union Institute 
  14. ^ Bates, D. (2002), A brief history of the Union Institute and University., retrieved January 14, 2016 
  15. ^ Best Colleges, Union Institute and University Online, retrieved January 13, 2016 
  16. ^ Union Institute and University, Academics, retrieved January 11, 2016 
  17. ^ Ohio Board of Regents (2002), Minutes of the Meeting of September 19 (PDF), retrieved January 11, 2016 

Further reading[edit]

  • Berry, W. (1987). "The loss of the university." In W. Berry, Home economics (pp. 76–97). New York, NY: North Point Press.
  • Fairfield, R. (1977). Person-centered graduate education. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus.
  • 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
  • Goodman, P. (1964). Reforms and proposals. In P. Goodman, Compulsory mis-education, and The community of scholars (pp. 295–322). New York, NY: Vintage Books.
  • 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.
  • Jerome, J. (1970). Quality and conscience. In J. Jerome, Culture out of anarchy: The reconstruction of American higher learning (pp. 287–312). New York, NY: Herder and Herder.
  • 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/
  • Ryan, D.P. (n.d.). About the Union Institute. Retrieved from http://community.plu.edu/~ryandp/Union.html
  • Sanders, Donald P. (1974). School as an experimenting institution: An approach to the reform of secondary education. ERIC, 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. ERIC, ED067064. Retrieved from http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED067064
  • Union Institute & University (n.d). History. Retrieved from https://www.myunion.edu/about/history/