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Union Institute & University Ranked Among Best in Nation by U.S. News & World Report

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U.S. News & World Report has ranked Union Institute & University among the nation’s best. The highly regarded report released, January 14, 2020, ranks Union at No. 85 in Best Online Bachelor’s Program for Veterans and No. 152 in Best Online Bachelor’s Program.

My Union AwardThe annual ranking is designed to assist adults searching for a university to advance their education and career goals. Approximately 1,500 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. 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.” said Dr. Webb.

Dr. Peter Caccavari, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, said, “This is the third consecutive year that Union Institute & University has been ranked in the top 160 institutions nationwide serving online students. UI&U has made a significant investment in enhancing the student online experience by moving this January to a new learning management system—Desire2Learn’s Brightspace platform. Online education provides access to students who would otherwise not be able to get a college education due to time or geographic constraints. UI&U has been working to build our reach beyond the United States into other countries by building on our online presence.”

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. Students can choose to complete their studies online, in the classroom or through a blend of the two, depending on the program and location.

Today is the day to take your career to the next level with a UI&U degree. Click here to choose your pathway. Your Goals. Your Success. Your Union. We’ve Got U!

Best Online Bachelor's Child Development

Union Institute & University is Ranked No. 1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Child & Adolescent Development Major

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Union Institute & University has been ranked No. 1 in the Best Online Bachelor’s in Child Development by Online Schools Report for its Child & Adolescent Development (CHAD) major. Online Schools Report ranks online higher education programs based on statistical data points. More information on the methodology can be found here.

Best Online Bachelor's Child DevelopmentDr. Birgit Monks, Lead Faculty of CHAD at Union, reflects on the designation. “The ranking of the Child & Adolescent Development major confirms the quality of student services and student learning that Union Institute & University provides to our students. It shows the high level of knowledge students acquire through learning and instruction as it relates to the field. This ranking also reassures our students they made the right choice by enrolling at Union to obtain a degree and starting or continuing a career working with children, adolescents, and their families.”

The ranking also validates that the Child and Adolescent Development major is making continuous progress to improve the quality of instruction and the delivery methods.

“The ranking is important for our major to make reliable, data-informed decisions to guarantee student success and encourage partnerships and collaboration with other organizations and potential future employers of our students,” said Dr. Monks.

Union’s Child & Adolescent Development major prepares adult learners to excel in a variety of childcare careers. Career pathways range from preschool teacher to daycare owner to child life specialist.

Jennifer Ochoa, alumna 2015, credits her degree for helping her to find and succeed in her career. “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.”

Union is the perfect choice for the adult learner because of its flexibility in scheduling and more than five decades of identifying and refining ways to structure and deliver education to meet the needs of adult learners online.


Union is a global leader in providing higher education degrees for the adult learner. Click here to begin your career in the child and adolescent field. Your Goals. Your Success. Your Union. We’ve Got U!