Union Institute and University

Mission & Vision

Our Mission & Vision

Union Institute & University empowers adults to acquire, apply, and create knowledge through interdisciplinary, flexible, and collaborative programs focusing on social relevance, personal enrichment, and professional advancement. Union Institute & University aspires to educate generations of highly motivated adults who seek academic programs that engage, enlighten and empower them in their pursuit of a lifetime of learning and service.

Our Values

Social Relevance

Union Institute & University requires that the programs of its students reflect their awareness of the social implications of their studies and of their obligation to share knowledge with integrity in uplifting the communities in which they serve.

Creative and Critical Thinking

Union Institute & University supports different modes of disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiry to explore ideas and issues from multiple perspectives.

Scholar-Practitioner Model

Union Institute & University advocates an educational process whereby scholarship and theory are connected and applied to real-world action and practice.

Our Principles

Academic Quality

Union Institute & University is committed to academic excellence and insures institutional quality through continuous assessment and review of programs, processes, policies, and outcomes.


Union Institute & University reflects and celebrates diversity in all its forms.


Union Institute & University engages in service to others with a commitment to transparency, integrity, and respect.


Union Institute & University links engaged students with dedicated faculty mentors and the larger society in which they live and work, thus building a mutually beneficial, expansive, and collaborative community that lives beyond the classroom.