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Alumni in the News – Living the Union Mission

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Sabrina Puppin Opens “Fluid Perceptions” at Grand Hyatt Doha

Internationally known artist and U&U alumna, Sabrina Puppin, has just opened a new show named “Fluid Perceptions” in Doha. Learn more about Dr. Puppin and her remarkable work at this link.

What Makes Preachers and/or Pastors Great?

That is the question that UI&U alumnus, Dr. J. William Poole answered in his book, “What Makes Preachers and/or Pastors Great?” Dr. Poole concluded that they live by example as he examined the lives of four prominent African American ministers. Read more about the late Dr. Poole and his findings at this link.

Recipient of Union Honorary Doctorate to Deliver Convocation Address

La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and UI&U recipient of an honorary doctorate, will address psychiatrists at the APA Annual Meeting in San Francisco when she delivers this year’s William C. Menninger Memorial Convocation Lecture, titled, “Psychiatric Leadership to Expand Equity and Well-Being.” Read more at this link.

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Dr. Kim C. Byas, Sr., Appointed Program Director of Innovative Master of Science in Health Care Leadership

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Dr. Kim C. Byas, Sr.

Kim C. Byas, Sr., Ph.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.H.E., was appointed to lead Union Institute & University’s new innovative Master of Science in Health Care Leadership (MS-HCL) program.

As a seasoned health care professional, Dr. Byas has served nearly 40 years in various health care settings—including as regional executive with the American Hospital Association where he works with hospitals on federal advocacy, health care system transformation, and health policy.

Dr. Byas cites two very important reasons for the formation of this new program. “First, many of us dream of a health care system that provides the best care with the best outcomes possible—regardless of ethnicity, cultural background, or financial circumstances. As most know, our health care model falls short of achieving this.

Second, Union Institute & University’s historic and unique commitment to experimental adult education prepares motivated adults who want to work to improve health care access and eliminate health inequities.  Consequently, Union Institute & University has more than five decades of success in helping adult learners first transform their lives; and then transform their communities and promote social justice.  Union Institute & University is nationally ranked as the fourth best university for adult learners—individuals who work, support families, and have very busy lives while seeking to change the world.”

Dr. Byas was instrumental in designing this accredited and 100 percent online program that includes the following unique program features.

  1. Each student works with a senior health care executive who will be a mentor from start to finish. This feature is both unique and essential to the MS-HCL program because research shows that the most important determinant of long-term leadership success is mentoring. Subsequently, students will work with mentors in the field who can model behavior and help them navigate very complex health care settings.  Such mentoring will help each student become an effective leader in today’s rapidly changing health care field.
  2. To encourage professionalism and to foster enthusiasm for life-long learning, each student in the MS-HCL program will be given a membership of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)—the premier professional organization for health care leaders.
  3. As part of the admission process, each student must identify a work-related project that is addressed throughout their coursework. At the conclusion of the program, each student will have a work plan or a finished project ready for implementation.
  4. In addition, the MS-HCL program offers coursework that emphasizes population health, social entrepreneurship, and data analytics. After completing this program in 12 months on a full-time basis, each graduate will be prepared to provide ethical and creative leadership that promotes social justice in health care.

Unlike MBA programs that cost at least two to four times more that the MS-HCL program, this program is also distinct and different from MBA in health care, MHA, and MPH degree programs in this one key way: The MS-HCL Program trains participants to lead financially successful organizations and foster social justice in health care delivery—not study policy or develop research models.  The MS-HCL program will impart practical knowledge and leadership skills for achieving social change, as well as fostering creative problem solving within an ethical framework.  Ultimately, graduates of the MS-HCL program will drive success within their health care organizations.

About Kim C. Byas, Sr., PhD, MPH, FACHE

Dr. Byas is Program Director, Union Institute & University’s Master of Science in Health Care Leadership degree. Prior to accepting this position, he served for more than 16 years as the regional executive with the American Hospital Association working with hospitals on federal advocacy, health care system transformation, and health policy.

He has more than 40 years of successful leadership and innovation in health care settings ranging from his role as the interim president/CEO, Institute for Diversity in Health Management; CEO of Kailo Alliance—a health care strategic consulting company; executive director of a multispecialty physicians group; and as adjunct faculty with DePaul University’s Master in Public Administration program and Loyola University of Chicago’s MBA in Healthcare.

Dr. Byas received his Ph.D. with a concentration in Ethical and Creative Leadership from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati; Master in Public Health from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and B.A. from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

He volunteers with many not-for-profit organizations—including the National Association of Health Services Executives; the HCA Corris Boyd Scholarship Committee; the advisory boards of the Master of Health Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Master of Health Services Administration at Xavier University in Cincinnati; March of Dimes—Chicago and Illinois; the Advisory Board to the Office of Equity and Inclusion at The University of Michigan, and the Multi-racial and Multicultural Council of the National Rural Health Association.

He is a former board member with Union Institute & University where he served as vice-chair; a board member of the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University; and a founding board member and past chair of the Asian Health Care Leaders Association.


Oncology Research Fellowship, Harper‑Grace Hospital; Detroit, MI

Philosophy Honor Society, Wittenberg; Springfield, OH

Summer Research Fellowship, Michigan Cancer Foundation; Detroit, MI

Indiana State Hoosier Scholar; Gary, IN

Federal Government

Grant Reviewer for HHS Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Adviser to the HHS Office of Minority Health

HPSA & MUA Advisory Committee, HRSA

Professional Associations

American College of Healthcare Executives

American Public Health Association

American Society of Association Executives

Asian Health Care Leaders Association—founding board member and board chair (2011-2013)

Chicago Health Executive Forum

Multi-cultural and Multi-racial Council of the National Rural Health Association

National Association of Health Service Executives—Chicago Chapter

Speaker and Trainer

Presentations at state, regional, national, and international conferences such as International Conference of Nurse Practitioners and Advance Practice Nurses in Rotterdam, Healthcare Financial Management Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, American Hospital Association, Federal Office of Rural Health, Health and Human Services—Office of Minority Health, March of Dimes, National Association of Health Service Executives, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Union Institute & University Elects New Trustee with Long History of Giving Back

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Richard C. (Rick) Stover of Dayton, Ohio has been elected to the UI&U Board of Trustees, effective January 24, 2019.

Mr. Stover, a retired businessman has more than 35 years of serving clients and providing solutions to the many complex business issues faced by companies doing business in the U.S. and internationally. He is actively engaged in his community and mirrors Union’s mission to engage, enlighten, and empower students to pursue a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility.

“Giving back was instilled in me by my parents at an early age,” said Stover. “My parents didn’t have a lot of money, but they leant a helping hand to neighbors and strangers alike. My parents were my role models on how to treat people.”

Mr. Stover was drawn to Union’s mission.

“I think Union offers an important niche in adult learning. Union fills a critical gap for the working adult who needs to complete or expand his or her educational level,” said Stover.  “I respect that Union is mission driven.  I look forward to contributing to the mission by listening, being supportive and helpful, but letting management do their job.”

Mr. Stover’s election underscores Union’s commitment to its social justice values. Union serves diverse populations: minorities (44 percent), women (56 percent), and an older, adult population (average age of 39), and focuses on serving the underserved with curriculum that engages difference and applies theory to practice. Union serves a more than 25% undergraduate Hispanic adult learner population and is the only university in Ohio designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division .

Union President Dr. Karen Schuster Webb looks forward to Trustee Stover’s contributions and insight. “Rick is a servant leader.  He brings business knowledge and prior university board experience to Union, coupled with the desire to improve communities. We feel fortunate to have Rick join the board.”

His recent community activities include:

  • Citywide Development Corporation, Dayton, Ohio, – Board Chair, 2017-2018, Board Vice Chair & Audit/Finance Committee Chair 2015 and 2016
  • City of Dayton Schools Accountability Committee – Co-Chair, 2018, 2017 and 2016; Committee member since 2008
  • Financial Executives Institute – President – 2018; Vice-President, 2017, Director and academic liaison 2016; member since 2015
  • United Rehabilitation Services (URS) Foundation – Board member since 2010 and Capital Campaign member, 2017, 2016 and 2015
  • Better Business Bureau, Dayton, Ohio, Integrity awards, Judge, 2017 and 2018
  • Created PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) scholarship fund at University of Dayton in 2014 with continued fundraising efforts

Mr. Stover has also been a past officer or board member of many diverse organizations such as the Greater Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Dayton Opera, Culture Works, URS, Special Olympics and many others.

Mr. Stover is a current lecturer at the University of Dayton. Trustees re-elected to new terms include Dr. Richard N. Aft and Dr. Shekhar Mitra, both of Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Black History Month Spotlight – Student Examines Social Justice Impact of Musical Greats Etta James, Nina Simone, Bessie Smith, and Aretha Franklin

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In recognition of Black History Month, Union Institute & University is pleased to showcase the many contributions made by African Americans by featuring several Union alumni and others who are making an impact in their communities. This week’s spotlight is on Alyssa Harris, a student in the Master of Arts with a major in History and Culture. Read about Alyssa and her fascinating career as a blues singer and her plans for her second act.

African American blues singer Alyssa Harris is often the only “girl” in the room. She is building on that musical experience to explore the role that Black music has played in protests and movements and brings to her work reflections of the lives of musical greats Etta James, Nina Simone, Bessie Smith, and Aretha Franklin.

As a student in the Master of Arts program she is researching the social commentary, social justice, civil rights, and feminist underpinnings these famous singers faced and the legacies they leave.

“I relate to these celebrated ladies,” said Alyssa. “The music industry is a male-dominated culture. How did these extraordinary women navigate the waters? Even today, women are invalidated and treated differently.”

Alyssa has followed her dream as an artist and is now following her dream to enter academia.

“My ambition was to be a cruise ship entertainer. I have traveled the world, New Zealand, Panama, Europe, and the United States,” said Alyssa, who lives in Las Vegas. “I’ve had a wonderful first act. But now I want to put my stamp in the scholarly world. I want to be a community college lecturer or an advisor for college students.”

Alyssa chose Union to fulfill the second act. “I was very attracted to the flexibility the M.A. program offers as I travel for work and I needed a school that could work with my schedule.”

Professor Woden Teachout, says Alyssa encapsulates so much of what Union is about. “Alyssa is thoughtful and articulate and collegial. And she has done the first part of her coursework while working as a singer on a cruise line sailing around New Zealand!”

Alyssa credits her parents for her motivation. “I have been very fortunate to have my parents’ support in every endeavor that I take on. Not only do they believe in my dreams, they set a great example by being dedicated to their jobs, hobbies, and other things that they love – which  always reminds me to live my life with passion and zeal.”


It may still be a man’s world as James Brown sang, but Alyssa is striving for “Respect.”

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Union Celebrates Black History Month

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To the Incredible Union Institute & University Community,

Throughout the month of February, in recognition of the nationwide celebration of Black History Month, Union Institute & University is offering a broad range of activities showcasing African Americans, many of them Union alumni. We urge you to take advantage of some of the activities ,and learn more about their insights, experience, and impact.

While some events are based here in at our Cincinnati headquarters, others are vignettes/videos available online from wherever and whenever you care to view them.


Friday, February 8, 6-8 PM:

Freedom Talks Lecture Series – “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Enslaved; The Underground Railroad in American History and Culture”

Presenter: Dr. Prince Brown, Professor Emeritus, NKU.

Dr. Brown is co-author of “The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity in the United States,” and is currently collecting data to create a database of enslaved persons who ran away between 1640 and 1862.
This presentation is the first in a series of four events co-sponsored with  ASALH, the Association for the Study of African
American Life and History.
Friday, February 15, Time TBA:

Kathryne Gardette: A Presentation on Adinkra Symbols in Art

Artistic, logistic,and civic renaissance woman, Kathryne Gardette, creates designs that incorporate adinkras, the Ghanaian philosophical writing symbols representing the philosophy and vision of everyday life.

By fusing folk art traditions from Ghana and America, she creates a cultural expression that is uniquely African American.

Friday, February 22, Time TBA:

Concert and Discussion of Clarence Rufus J. Rivers

Union alumnus, Clarence Rufus J. Rivers, Ph.D. 1978, was the first African American priest in Cincinnati, and is considered the father of Black Catholic liturgy and the dean of Black liturgists, combining Catholic worship with traditional African-American music.

He wrote several books on music and spirituality. His music was used at the first official American mass in English after the Second Vatican Council in 1963.

Additionally, you can visit our social media platforms (@myunionedu) and YouTube channel to take advantage of our video series Perspectives: Black History and the Union Community. Featured in the series are:

Cecil Thomas
Union alumnus (BS, Criminal Justice Management)
Ohio State Senator, 9th District, former member of Cincinnati City Council, past executive director of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, 27-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department
Jill P. Meyer
President & Chief Executive Officer, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, with 4000 member businesses, with a commitment to model inclusion and regional thinking
Union alumnus (Ph.D., concentration in Peace Studies)
Director Emeritus , Peace and Justice Programs
Xavier University
Chaplain , Christian Life Communities in Cincinnati,
Coordinator of Greater Cincinnati Chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions, promoting peaceful and democratic solutions to world issues
Union Institute & University Trustee
Chief Marketing Officer , Champion Petfoods
Trustee/Advisory Council member for Women Helping Women, Hoxworth Blood Center, Mason City School District
Alumnus, BS in Organizational Leadership
Senior Director, Member Relations
Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber
Chief Executive Officer , Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber
Former Ohio State Senator , 9th District, Minority Leader
Founder and owner of Sesh Communications

Showcasing the talent and vision of so many people, many of whom are Union alumni, is part of Union’s legacy of transforming lives and communities. We encourage your engagement and your feedback. Get involved and be sure to visit our Facebook page and let us know how you are enjoying the events and offerings.

With warm regards,

Karen Schuster Webb, Ph.D.

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My degree made me a global citizen

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Marsha Thomas

In recognition of Black History Month, Union Institute & University is showcasing the legacy and many contributions made by African Americans by featuring several Union alumni and others who are making an impact in their communities. This week’s spotlight is on Marsha Thomas, RN, who earned a Bachelor of Science with a major in Healthcare Administration/Planning in 1985.

Ms. Thomas was the first African American Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse in the Cincinnati region. A parish nurse integrates physical and spiritual health and wholeness by developing and leading programs within faith communities. (Source: All Nursing Schools)

Marsha Thomas accepts the 2018 Faith and Community Alliance Organization of the Year award.

A “registered nurse by training, but a missionary by calling” is the way Ms. Thomas describes herself. Her compassion has led her to help the hopeless and often the helpless in the health field. For example, at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Cincinnati, she designated health themes, including Red Dress Sunday, where she addressed the congregation to discuss heart health and what the red clothing represents. She speaks throughout the city and has won numerous awards for her innovative approach to faith and healing. Currently she is president of the Black Nurses Association of Greater Cincinnati and was nominated for the 2018 Union Distinguished Alumna of the Year.

Currently, Ms. Thomas is working on a new initiative in underserved countries. She is working with doctors to raise awareness about a new $50 C-section pack that can help save mothers and babies during difficult births.

Read about Marsha Thomas and her remarkable career that has taken her around the world in the Q & A below.

Q: What has your Union degree meant to you personally and professionally?
My degree laid the ground work for my professional career. I was the first African American in faith community nursing in Cincinnati, but I had to have a degree to climb the corporate ladder. I wanted to help people. I called Union and the next Monday I was a student. Community nursing is health education from birth to death. Because of my degree I have been able to help students help their communities all over the world.

Q: What quality do you admire most about your alma mater?
The flexibility Union provides is what I admire most. I had never heard of online education, but I found Union to be the school for me. My professors and their leadership were phenomenal.

Q: If you could give advice to a Union student, what would it be?
Think large. Don’t think small. Your Union degree makes you a global citizen.

Q: What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment?
To be able to consult on a global level. I also just completed a novel, “Moved by Love” a story of love, betrayal and redemption. My other great love is to travel and I am planning an escorted tour to the Benin Republic in August 2019. If you would like to know more about this journey, Marsha asks that you reach out to her at

Q: What is your passion away from work?
My passions are work and travel. I have travelled extensively, visiting and working in Ghana, France, Belgium, Germany, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Israel, Benin, Netherlands, and Jamaica

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Union Institute & University Earns 2019-2020 Military Friendly® Schools List Ranking

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Union Institute & University has earned the 2019-2020 Military Friendly​®​ Schools List Ranking and Top 10 Seal for its unwavering commitment to provide the best educational experience possible for our veterans.

“This is a wonderful accomplishment and well deserved recognition for Union,” said Mollie Miller, M.B.A., Director of Institutional Research & IRB Coordinator, in Union’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness. “Union jumped three levels in this year’s ranking. Top 10 is the best of the best and gold designates within 10% of the 10th-ranked organizations within private institutions.”

Now in its 10​th​ year​, the ​Military Friendly® ​Schools list has come to set the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses. This prestigious list provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies and proprietary survey information from participating organizations.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly​®​ School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey completed by the school. This year 766 schools earned this prestigious designation.

The 2019-2020 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine. The list can also be found at ​​.

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by VIQTORY with input from the Military Friendly​®​ Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default Rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

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“What Are You Doing For Others?”

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Dr. Marlon A. Smith

Dr. Marlon A. Smith, Founder, Black Greeks Speak (BGS) Social Justice and Human Rights Council and Senior Manager of Policy and Engagement at BakerRipley.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21, 2019, is a national holiday that honors the life and work of Dr. King. He often posed the question, “What Are You Doing For Others?” Read how Dr. Marlon Smith, 2016 graduate of the Ph.D. Humanities & Culture major, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Studies Specialization, whose dissertation is now a book, is answering that call.

Q: What is the Black Greeks Speak (BGS) Social Justice and Human Rights Council?
We are a member based policy and education studies organization that brings together Black Greek Letter Organizational (BGLO) members with the larger community in order to build a stronger coalition of civically engaged men and women that will help make real Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s Beloved Community.

Q: What is the significance of a BGLO and BGO?
A: BGLO stands for Black Greek Letter Organizations and BGO is Black Greek Organizations. They were formed by African American college students in the early 1900s when segregation denied Black people entry into the broader college, university and public life.

Many famous African Americans have been members of BGO’s including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King, Shirley Chisolm, Colin Kaepernick, Alicia Keys, Omari Hardwick, Jada Pinkett Smith, Thurgood Marshall, Dr. Maya Angelou, and many, many more.

Q: What is the purpose of the Black Greeks Speak Social Justice and Human Rights Council?
The purpose is to bring together BGLO members with the larger community in order to build a stronger coalition of civically engaged men and women. The hope is to build stronger institutions that can more effectively address issues in communities of color. That means we have to help create a world wherein all people have the ability to exist as equally free moral agents without concern for racial, gender, and religious discrimination and hatred.

Q: What is the vision of the Black Greeks Speak?
BGS is dedicated to transforming a 19th Century Black Greek Letter Organizational member model for social justice and human rights engagement into a 21st century model that more effectively addresses contemporary justice and human rights issues in our world. In other words, we want to create a more innovate approach for BGLO members and our allies to build models for civic engagement.

Q: How did the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Studies Specialization, affect you?
The MLK program has provided me the opportunity to think deeply about ways that I might unite theories of social justice to real world advocacy and activism. Most importantly, it has distinguished my academic course work among others who study theories within black intellectual traditions.

Q: Your dissertation was entitled, “Reshaping King’s Beloved Community: The Experiences of Black Male Felons and their Impact on the Black Radical Intellectual Traditions.” What do you want people to know about this subject?
A: First, I want people to know the dissertation is now a book, published by Lexington Books. Second, I want people to understand that every human being has value, and simply placing labels on people such as the label “felon” doesn’t take away or lessen that human value.

Q: If you could give advice to a Union student, what would it be?
I think the advice I would give a Union student is to seek new knowledge and experiences where you can find it. If you are not careful going to school online can isolate you. So take much care to extend your network and experiences so you can truly become an interdisciplinary scholar.


About Dr. Marlon A. Smith

Dr. Smith is a servant leader dedicated to Union’s mission to transform lives and communities. He is known for his ability to bring together community leaders for dialogue on issues ranging from social justice and public policy issues.

His leadership on reentry and criminal justice reforms, with particular focus on the collateral consequences of incarceration on communities and families, has led to a new focus on the intellectual and political contributions Black male felons offer to the Black radical intellectual traditions. He has served as a minister in many capacities and in 2001, became program director for United Nations Advocacy for the General Board of Church and Society for the United Methodist Church where he researched and participated in international justice projects on race and poverty.

His civic involvement encompasses leadership roles with a wide range of local, state and national organizations including Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., NAACP, Houston’s My Brothers’ Keeper, and the American Leadership Forum. He is also an Encore Public Voices Fellow. He is the author of two books: Black Lives Houston: Voices of Our Generations and Reshaping Beloved Community: The Experiences of Black Male Felons and Their Impact on Black Radical Traditions.

Read more about Dr. Smith and his work at this link.

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Union Institute & University Ranked Among Best in Nation

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U.S. News & World Report ranks Union Institute & University among the nation’s best. The highly regarded report released, January 15, 2019, lists Union No. 84 in online bachelor’s programs and No. 85 in the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) online Graduate Business Programs (non-MBA) for 2019. The annual ranking is designed to assist adults searching for a university to advance their education and career goals. Approximately 1,545 programs are included in the rankings and information was gathered from each institution related to student engagement, faculty credentials, student services, and technology.

The ranking by U.S. News & World Report underscores President Karen Schuster Webb’s commitment to distinguish Union as a world-class university.

“We are honored by this ranking as it demonstrates Union’s promise to serve the world with excellent, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree offerings delivered with high tech, but also with  high touch,” said Dr. Webb. “It is noteworthy to be measured against our peers as we continue to transform lives and communities. Our faculty and staff strive every day to provide rigorous, relevant, and results-oriented programs, no matter where our students live and work, or at whatever stage of life they find themselves.”

Mollie Miller, M.B.A., Director of Institutional Research & IRB Coordinator, in Union’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness discusses the ranking. “UI&U ranked 84th out of 348 total institutions and scored 76/100 within the scored methodology of ranking. This will be the second year in a row Union has ranked in the top 100 of institutions nationwide serving online students. Other institutions scoring at the same ranking level as UI&U include: Anderson University (SC), Brandman University (CA), California State University–Dominguez Hills (CA), Cornerstone University (MI), Drexel University (PA), Eastern Kentucky University (KY), Southeast Missouri State University (MO), and Texas Tech University (TX).”

Founded in 1964, Union has perfected the adult delivery model: Specialized distance-learning programs that combine online and classroom coursework with high-touch faculty attention, designed for students regardless of where they live and work. UI&U academic services include small classes, dedicated faculty who are practitioners in their fields, one-on-one program advising, writing and math tutoring services, access to its renowned 100 percent online library, and career services.

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Union Institute & University Goes International

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Union Institute & University signs articulation agreement with the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) effective January 9, 2019 at the International Conference themed CCCJ: “Forging Pathways for Future Empowerment.”

It’s official. Union Institute & University is breaking down higher education barriers worldwide with the signing of the new, historic articulation agreement with the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) effective January 9, 2019.

This new affiliation underscores Union’s commitment to its social justice mission by removing barriers to a college degree on an international level and fulfills President Karen Schuster Webb’s commitment to equity of access to educational excellence around the world.

“Union is a world-class university with a distinguished social justice legacy,” said Dr. Webb. “We have had a long relationship with Jamaica through our alumna, former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. Providing accredited bachelor’s degrees to Jamaica’s citizens fulfills our mission to transform lives and communities through rigorous, relevant, and results-oriented education.”

Students from the Community Colleges of Jamaica will now have direct pathways to earn a bachelor’s degree in a variety of subject areas, including Criminal Justice Management.

“The new partnership allows graduates of CCCJ’s associate programs seamless transfer opportunities for educational advancement to the UI&U bachelor’s degree program and to validate and facilitate the transfer of credit between the two systems,” said Dr. Nelson Soto, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Union Institute & University.

Union is a leader in student-centered education with socially relevant and applicable learning outcomes in its undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs.

“Union is the right partner to solve the need for higher education degrees worldwide due to its more than five decades of identifying and refining ways to structure and deliver education to meet the needs of online learners,” said Dr. Soto.

Transfer students from CCCJ will receive all UI&U academic services, including small classes, dedicated faculty who are practitioners in their fields, one-on-one program advising, writing and math tutoring services, access to its renowned 100 percent online library, and career services.


Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica officials congratulate Dr. Nelson Soto on the new articulation agreement.

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