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Union Institute & University Ranked Among the Best in Nation

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Union Institute & University’s online bachelor degree program has been ranked on the list of best online degree programs for 2018 by U.S. News and World Report.

“Ranked among the best in the nation is an honor,” said Ashley S. Finkes, Director of Marketing. “UI&U is distinguished as a pioneer in adult education. The ranking by U.S. News and World Report confirms our commitment to structure and deliver education to meet the needs of our adult students.”

UI&U ranked within the top 100 (94th) out of 346 total institutions and scored 74/100 within the methodology of rankings. Other institutions that scored at the same ranking level as UI&U include American Public University System, Brandman University, Eastern Oregon University, ECPI University, Florida State University, Herzing University, Kansas State University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, University of Louisiana, University of Maine, University of South Carolina, and University of Wisconsin.

Union Institute & University is a private, non-profit university that specializes in distance education nationwide with – bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree offerings. Founded 53 years ago, 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.

“I invite you to view the innovative bachelor’s career paths in Business & Leadership, Education, Health & Science, and Protection & Civil service, at this link,” said Finkes. “Our bachelor’s programs are designed for students from all walks of life and career dreams. We value the experience our students bring to us by offering a generous transfer credit policy that includes a free application.”

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Student Spotlight – Charles Johnson

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Charles Johnson

Veterans Day offers the chance to thank the men and women who have served this nation both at home and around the world and their sacrifices for the freedoms we all enjoy.

Union wanted to do more for veterans to help them complete their degree. That goal led to the Veterans in Union program founded to recognize and honor the sacrifices made through our veterans’ service to our country, and commit to their success through a three-term $7500 living allowance stipend ($2500 per term) for honorably discharged veterans.

During the month of November, UI&U will spotlight a different veteran student each week. Get to know Charles Johnson, a United States Army veteran and Criminal Justice Management major, in the Q&A below.

Q. What do you plan to do with your degree?

A. I plan to apply the degree to my current career.

Q. What led you to this program?

A. My current career field led me to Union.

Q. Why did you choose Union for your studies?

A. Recommended by colleagues.

Q. If you could give a piece of advice to your 20 something, what would it be?

A. Don’t wait to start college.

Q. Who has influenced you the most in your life, and how have they influenced you?

A. My father, who was my role model.

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Student Spotlight–Eric Yunck

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Eric Yunck

Veterans Day offers the chance to thank the men and women who have served this nation both at home and around the world and their sacrifices for the freedoms we all enjoy.

Union wanted to do more for veterans to help them complete their degree. That goal led to the Veterans in Union program founded to recognize and honor the sacrifices made through our veterans’ service to our country, and commit to their success through a three-term $7500 living allowance stipend ($2500 per term) for honorably discharged veterans.

During the month of November, UI&U will spotlight a different veteran student each week. Get to know Eric Yunck, a United States Army veteran and current Master of Arts Health & Wellness major, in the Q&A below.

Q. What do you plan to do with your degree?

A. I plan to further my work helping fellow disabled veterans and first responders heal from visible and non-visible wounds.

Q. What led you to this program?

A. The opportunities and experiences afforded to me by the United States Military.

Q. Why did you choose Union for your studies?

A. Union provides the best environment for working with my disabilities and my chaotic day to day schedule while still empowering me to finish my educational goals.

Q. If you could give a piece of advice to your 20 something, what would it be?

A. Don’t ever second guess yourself.

Q. Who has influenced you the most in your life, and how have they influenced you?

A. A former Team Leader within a Special Operations unit. He showed me that the things I didn’t think I was capable of I was, and that the only thing holding me back was myself. I was just as good if not better than those I looked up to on the teams.

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Student Spotlight – Venita Thomas

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Venita Thomas

Veterans Day offers the chance to thank the men and women who have served this nation both at home and around the world and their sacrifices for the freedoms we all enjoy.

Union wanted to do more for veterans to help them complete their degree. That goal led to the Veterans in Union program founded to recognize and honor the sacrifices made through our veterans’ service to our country, and commit to their success through a three-term $7500 living allowance stipend ($2500 per term) for honorably discharged veterans.

During the month of November, UI&U will spotlight a different veteran student each week. Get to know Venita Thomas an Army veteran and current Ph.D. student with a major in Educational Studies, in the Q&A below.

Q. What do you plan to do with your degree?

A. Continue to serve my country via the industry of education by becoming an educational consultant and professor.

Q. What led you to this program?

A. I was intrigued by Union Institute & University because of a campus being located in Cincinnati. Also the design of the program, a combination of online and onsite courses, adult friendly and I could maintain employment while earning my degree. Additionally, I was impressed with the alumni and faculty.

Q. Why did you choose Union for your studies?

A. Union is adult friendly, the staff and faculty understand my desire to complete my Ph.D. and have “real life” circumstances to maintain – it’s a “win-win” situation.

Q. If you could give a piece of advice to your 20 something, what would it be?

A. Life is manageable, be flexible, be confident, and work hard for what desires are in your heart to complete.

Q. Who has influenced you the most in your life, and how have they influenced you?

A. There are several individuals who have been and/or paramount in my life. This sounds cliché, however, my mother, the late, great Ruth Thomas. My mother would always tell me to “keep going,” never give up; I might have to wait a little longer for something’s, but waiting is okay – it’ll give me time to pray and think. Mom is correct – “waiting” – doesn’t hurt, it helps.

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Student Spotlight – Amy Oyos

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Veterans Day offers the chance to thank the men and women who have served this nation both at home and around the world and their sacrifices for the freedoms we all enjoy.

Union wanted to do more for veterans to help them complete their degree. That goal led to the Veterans in Union program founded to recognize and honor the sacrifices made through our veterans’ service to our country, and commit to their success through a three-term $7500 living allowance stipend ($2500 per term) for honorably discharged veterans.

During the month of November, UI&U will spotlight a different veteran student each week. Get to know Amy Oyos, an Air Force veteran and current Master of Arts Health & Wellness major, in the Q&A below.

Q. What do you plan to do with your degree?

A. I plan to open a prenatal wellness center for expectant parents. I plan for this to be a non-judgmental, educational, community support place expectant parents can go to feel comfortable and learn about childbirth and lactation.

Q. What led you to this program?

A. I was looking for programs that gave me the ability to further my education in lactation. Union’s Health and Wellness program gave me the opportunity to receive a higher degree and sit for another certification in the field of lactation.

Q. Why did you choose Union for your studies?

A. After speaking with Ashlee from the admissions office I knew I made the right choice in schools. She helped me the whole way through and still checks in to see how I am doing. After all her help the veterans coordinator stepped in and has been there every time I have needed answers. They both went above and beyond anything I ever expected from a university.

Q. If you could give a piece of advice to your 20 something, what would it be?

A. Live life and find what you love. You may not know at 20 but when you find what you are called to do, don’t hesitate, Go For It.

Q. Who has influenced you the most in your life, and how have they influenced you?

A. I would say my Family. My parents have always been amazing and supportive. They have always given advice and supported me when I ignored it. Although they were right on more than one occasion they still gave me all the faith in the world that I could achieve whatever I wanted. My sisters have always pushed me to do my best and my own two amazing boys have pushed me to do my best and be my best.

Amy Oyos and her children

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Student Spotlight – Scott Meyer

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Scott Meyer

Veterans Day offers the chance to thank the men and women who have served this nation both at home and around the world and their sacrifices for the freedoms we all enjoy.

Union wanted to do more for veterans to help them complete their degree. That goal led to the Veterans in Union program founded to recognize and honor the sacrifices made through our veterans’ service to our country, and commit to their success through a three-term $7500 living allowance stipend ($2500 per term) for honorably discharged veterans.

During the month of November, UI&U will spotlight a different veteran student each week. Get to know Scott Meyer, an Army veteran and current Criminal Justice Management student, in the Q&A below.

Q. What do you plan to do with your degree?

A. I plan to continue to grow in my career of law enforcement.

Q. What led you to this program?

A. Friends, coworkers, and a desire to further my education

Q. Why did you choose Union for your studies?

A. The online program allows me to implement proper time management in order to attain my goals of higher education in balance with my career and family.

Q. If you could give a piece of advice to your 20 something, what would it be?

A. Start your education now and plan for the future. Invest, invest, invest.

Q. Who has influenced you the most in your life, and how have they influenced you?

A. I would say the United States Army has influenced me the most. My time in the Army instilled discipline and allowed me to mature far more then I could have realized as a teenager. I could not imagine where I would be right now in my life if I had not enlisted.

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Alumni Spotlight – Jennifer Ochoa

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Jennifer Ochoa

Welcome to the “Alumni Spotlight” monthly series. Learn how our Union Institute & University (UI&U) graduates are living the UI&U mission of engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment.

The spotlight is also on National Hispanic Month and Union’s commitment to diversity. During National Hispanic Month, Union is highlighting the students, staff and faculty, and alumni of Hispanic heritage with features, social media posts, and more. Union serves a 26% Hispanic adult learner population. It 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 web page. A HIS is defined as a university where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes a minimum of 25% of the total enrollment.

Featured this month: Jennifer Ochoa

Education: UI&U graduate of the Child & Adolescent Development

Profession: Head Start Teacher

In the Q& A below, Jennifer Ochoa, alumna and proud to be of Hispanic heritage, shares her memories of Union.

Q. What has your degree meant to you personally and professionally?

A. I wanted teaching experience and a degree where I can work with children and adults or families. I got the job that I wanted because of my degree. I always wanted to be a teacher and now I am in the profession that I love. I am also a first generation college graduate.

Q. What quality do you admire most about your alma mater?

A. I admire the teachers. They were awesome. I worked fulltime while in school and Union was accommodating and flexible with my schedule. I will always be grateful for the letter of recommendation that helped me get my job.

Q. If you could give advice to a Union student, what would it be?

A. Keep going. Don’t give up even when you don’t think you can write one more essay. Seek help from your peers and your teachers. When you doubt yourself and your ability to continue reach out and team with a friend. School is challenging but you can finish and graduate.

Q. What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment?

A. I have been married for six years and we are expecting our first child in the spring. I think becoming a parent will be my greatest accomplishment.

Q. What is your passion away from work?

A. I enjoy hanging out with my husband. I like to be outdoors and at the beach. I also enjoy travelling and watching movies.

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Student Spotlight – Mindy Simpson

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Mindy Simpson

Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14, 2017. This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out! The UI&U major in Emergency Services Management prepares students to effectively handle a variety of dangerous situations, with a focus on emergency and disaster management, homeland security, and critical incident management. Career pathways include firefighter, paramedic, police officer, border patrol agent, emergency management director, fish and game warden, FBI agent & Homeland security director, and federal air marshal.

In recognition of our students in the Emergency Services Management degree program, the spotlight is on Mindy Simpson. Mindy is an engineer with the Vacaville Fire Department and has 20 years of experience in the field. Get to know Mindy in the Q&A below.

Q. What do you plan to do with your degree?

A. Completing my degree is a lifetime goal. I also wanted to set a good example that I could finish and be a college graduate.

Q. What led you to this program?

A. A co-worker told me about Union’s program. I am a mom, wife, student, and professional. I had to find an academic program that would work with me and my schedule.

Q. Why did you choose Union for your studies?

A. Union’s degree program is flexible and online. The professors provide a class syllabus with assignments and due dates. That was invaluable. I always know week to week what is expected of me.

Q. If you could give a piece of advice to your 20 something, what would it be?

A. Get your degree before you have a family.

Q. Who has influenced you the most in your life, and how have they influenced you?

A. The person who influenced me the most was my Grandpa David. He was a fire captain. He was respected by all. He had a gentle spirit and treated everyone with respect. He taught me to read people and have compassion.

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Union Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

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Union Institute & University is recognizing National Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 – October 15, 2017 by highlighting the university’s commitment to diversity.

“Diversity of thought and academic pursuits are the cornerstones of Union’s mission. Each individual is valued for who he or she is as a person,” said Dr. Nelson Soto, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Union Institute & University.

Union serves a 26% Hispanic adult learner population. It 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 web page. A  HIS is defined as a university where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes a minimum of 25% of the total enrollment.

In addition, Union is active in Hispanic Chamber of Commerce associations across the nation.

“Union is a beacon of light for adults to further their education,” said Dr. Soto. “Very few places of higher education offer the scholar-practitioner model of academics and real world application. Our curriculum interweaves social connectedness to identify solutions to difficult questions. Union’s faculty is the underpinning of social justice,” said Dr. Soto.

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, Union will highlight the students, staff and faculty of Hispanic heritage with features, social media posts, and more. In addition, Hispanic Heritage Month posters have been placed at all five academic centers in celebration of the month.

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. (Source National Heritage Month)

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Student Spotlight: Yolanda Villa

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Reverend Yolanda Villa

September is National Recovery Month. In recognition of this effort to increase awareness of and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and celebrate the journey towards effectively coping and recovering, we are featuring Reverend Yolanda Villa, a student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Union offers a master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling that prepares graduates for certification or licensure as a professional counselor or clinical mental health counselor and a certificate in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling program that is designed to train and prepare professionals for a career in counseling individuals with substances use and abuse problems.

Read how Reverend Villa, an ordained pastor, plans to use her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling to continue her journey to transform lives and communities.

Q. What do you plan to do with your degree?

A. I want to offer counseling, teach and consult.

Q. What led you to this program?

A. I am an ordained pastor by first professional vocation. I served in local church ministry for more than 20 years. In that role, all clergy were required to take continuing educational courses around sexual misconduct and other ethical issues. The conference I am a part of provided that training and trainer conference-wide.  For several years one of your alumni was the presenter for those trainings. She was an ordained minister within the same denomination (however, she was part of a different conference).  I was impressed with the material she presented and how she presented it. I appreciated the way in which she integrated her theological training into an ethical clinical approach. She had also written a couple of books that I found to be exceptional around issues of sexual misconduct in the Church.

When I inquired about her training, I learned that she was a graduate of Union.

Q. Why did you choose Union for your studies?

A. I chose Union because of its accreditations, the online-hybrid model (I knew I needed some face to face contact with a community), but also, the flexibility of being able to do a lot of the coursework online. Union offered all of that.

But more importantly, I remembered the experience of being a recipient of the work of one of the school’s graduates.  I wanted to be trained and educated, where she had been trained and educated.

Q. If you could give a piece of advice to your 20 something, what would it be?

A. I am laughing at this question. I recall being 20 something, there was not a whole lot you could tell me then. I also have a 20 something. We always laugh when I am trying to make a point and I say to her:  “ Now remember daughter I have been around the block a few times, you haven’t gotten there yet, I think I know a little more on this one….)

My grandmother is 102-years-old. She never had the choices I had, and most definitely did not have the choices my children have. “20 somethings” should take advantage of our present day realities. As an African-American female my children (and in the future), my grandchildren have choices and will have choices unimaginable for doing the things in life they desire. How exciting is that!

Now, to your question, recently, in an article in the Counselor Today magazine I read a quote by Steve Jobs. He said:

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.

[We are in an age where you have choices you don’t have to settle]

I would add one additional caveat to that advice.  On the surface, it seems small, but it turns out to be humongous in life.  I would add, but, work is not all of life.  Find other things to love and balance it all out.

Q. Who has influenced you the most in your life, and how have they influenced you?

A. There have been several influencers in my life. When I earned my Master of Divinity degree to be an ordained clergywoman, there was a seminary professor, by the name of Dr. Emilie Townes, who was an incredible influence.  I felt like for the first time, I had someone who encouraged me in my writing. She was someone who looked past the inadequacies of my education from elementary through high school and encouraged my voice.  There have also been a couple of educators from Union that have influenced my life.  One of them is Dr. Brown-Beatty.  She pushes hard and gives a lot. Throughout my life, I look for persons who will push me to the next level of who I am, and what I am capable of doing.  She also does an excellent job of choosing textbooks for the classes she teaches.

I am an avid reader.  I read across all disciplines. Thus, some of the persons that have influenced me have been writers that I return to over and over again.  Within the program there are educators who have written textbooks I return to repeatedly even when I am taking other classes (you should see a couple of them, they are hard bound textbooks and the backs and ribs of the books are already worn out and broken, and I haven’t quite finished the degree).  Because a lot of our work depends on the written and media resources we use, I appreciate instructors who take their time in choosing solid engaging resources for instruction.

Finally, my immediate family – my 102-year-old grandmother, my mother and my three adult daughters are continuous influencers in my life.  I love my relationship with them. I carry this impression of them on my heart.  So, when it seems like the way is hard – images of them rise to my consciousness and I am inspired to push on.

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