Union Institute & University

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Union Institute & University
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Cincinnati, Ohio, Hamilton, 45206
United States
Established 1964
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). Dr. Samuel Baskin, a psychologist and educational reformer who served on the faculty of Stephens College and Antioch College, was the founding president of the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities, Union Graduate School, and University Without Walls (The Antiochian, 2002).

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 Master's 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.

The Union Institute & University's Ph.D. program came under scrutiny by the Ohio Board of Regents [1], 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:

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