Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities
In 1964, the Union for Research and Experimentation in Higher Education (UREHE), the predecessor of The Union Institute & University, formed. Housed at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, the UREHE sought new approaches for attracting students to higher education. In 1969, the UREHE became known as the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities (UECU). The UECU dedicated itself to recruiting non-traditional students for college. The UECU hoped to provide older and working students with new opportunities to acquire a college education or additional training, so that these students could advance in their respective careers. In 1971, the Ohio Board of Regents authorized the UECU to award college degrees.
In 1977, the UECU relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio. Over the next several decades, the UECU began to open campuses across the United States, including ones in Sacramento, California, Los Angeles, California, and Miami, Florida. In 2001, UECU, which became known as The Union Institute in 1989, acquired Vermont College in Montpelier and Brattleboro, Vermont. In 2002, The Union Institute became The Union Institute & University. In 2005, approximately 2,800 students enrolled at the institution's many campuses.