Union Institute & University offers a wide variety of degree programs that provide career advancement and personal enrichment opportunities to adults around the world. These include bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in fields such as business management and leadership, psychology, philosophy, and education, among others. The history of Union Institute & University dates back to 1964, when it was established with the idea of being the first “university without walls.” The term “university without walls” refers to Union Institute & University’s mission to provide working adults with the opportunity to pioneer their own personal and professional success via flexible higher education programs. A Vermont-based consortium at the time of its inception, Union Institute & University was then referred to as The Union for Research and Experimentation in Higher Education, and was the brainchild of a congregation of 10 college presidents. Earning degree-granting status by 1971, Union Institute & University evolved well beyond an experimental facility in the first decade of its history. By the 1980s, Union Institute & University had become a freestanding academic institution. It became a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) in 1985 and still belongs to the association today. Union Institute & University spent the latter half of the 1980s increasing enrollment opportunities and developing new programs and academic centers. By the year 2001, Union Institute & University had added five centers in Florida, California, and Vermont, to not only expand opportunities in those regions, but also to provide additional programs, including Education in Florida, Criminal Justice in California, and a Master of Arts program operated from Vermont. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Union Institute & University maintains a 5:1 ratio of students to instructors to ensure optimal individual attention for each student. For more information, contact [email protected], call 888.828.8575, or visit the website at www.MyUnion.edu.