Fifty years on, Union Institute & University keeps quietly growing in Uptown

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati can boast of a university perched just north of downtown where undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees are offered. It's been around a long time, and its graduates include college presidents and even a prime minister.

It may sound like University of Cincinnati or Xavier, but the school in this case is Union Institute & University, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, fortified by $500,000 in new scholarship grants pledged by Western & Southern Financial Group and the Helen Steiner Rice Fund.

Because of its unusual learning model, UIU doesn't garner the attention of UC or Xavier, or even Cincinnati State. You won't find teen-agers and early twenty-somethings on the hard court trying to reach the NCAA basketball tournament. In fact, you'll find few traditional college-age students at all.

That's because the not-for-profit university is and always has been a distance-learning center, conducting classes online now – and by other methods in the past – that has focused on adults.

"We developed the idea of online learning before there was the technology to support it," Associate Vice President Carolyn Krause explained.

WCPO Insiders can read about some famous students who earned their advanced degrees from Union. 


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