Union Values

Our Mission & Vision

Union Institute & University educates highly motivated adults who seek academic programs to engage, enlighten, and empower them to pursue professional goals and a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility.


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 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.


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


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