About Union Institute and University
Union Institute & University was formed in 1964 as a consortium that included 10 liberal arts colleges. Among them were Hofstra University, Bard College, Antioch College, and Sarah Lawrence College. The Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities collaborated with the goal of providing innovative higher education alternatives to working adults.
While the educational models developed by the consortium are often described as “non-traditional,” they are actually adaptations of the traditional, tutorial-based models of British and German research universities. But the consortium’s early commitment to student-centered education—a higher education concept that acknowledges students’ prior knowledge and experiences—was an innovative invention in 1964.