Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Union Announces New ESM Major

New program prepares leaders in rapidly growing field

CINCINNATI – Union Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university headquartered in Cincinnati with centers in Sacramento and Los Angeles, Miami, and Montpelier and Brattleboro, VT, today announced the launch of the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services Management (ESM) program. The new ESM major is ideal for both those already in a career related to emergency services or disaster response, and those seeking to join a rapidly growing field.

Jobs in emergency services have grown since the September 11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina. According the recent careerbuilder.com article, “Seven emerging jobs poised for growth,” jobs in emergency services are estimated to grow by 7-13 percent in the upcoming years. “Our world is changing; it is critical to have trained and degreed professionals managing the various crises that occur,”” said Dr. James Rocheleau, dean of UI&U’s California Centers. “Despite the economic outlook, the field of emergency services continues to grow,” he said.

UI&U’s emergency services management program prepares graduates for careers in emergency services industries where a high level of understanding in organizational dynamics and interpersonal skills are required. Graduates of the program will be able to solve administrative problems, fine-tune strategic plans, enhance human resource potential, increase productivity, and address internal organizational issues. “We are essentially preparing learners for leadership roles within the field of emergency service,” said Dr. Rocheleau.

Learners in the ESM program have several degree completion options. They can attend on-ground classes that meet face-to-face five times in an eight-week session or select a distance learning option and earn eight credits in eight weeks. Learners may also be able to transfer credits from other regionally accredited colleges and universities and request credit for knowledge gained outside the classroom through work or professional experience. Law enforcement officers and firefighters may be able to apply credits earned in their training towards their ESM degree requirements.

For more information on the new Emergency Services Management program contact Fatemeh Fazely, faculty advisor, at fatemeh.fazely@myunion.edu or 800-486-3116, ext. 1511.


UI&U Florida Center Commencement August 30


Many are the first in their families to graduate from college;
New Trustee Louis Albert Jolivert to confer degrees

NORTH MIAMI BEACH - Learners from Union Institute & University’s (UI&U) Florida Center located in North Miami Beach will convene at the Miami Airport Hilton on August 30 to participate in Union Institute & University’s Florida commencement ceremonies. The new graduates have earned undergraduate or graduate degrees from the private, non-profit university that provides higher education opportunities for working adult learners. Many are the first in their families to earn a college degree.

Dr. Marie Bogat, former dean of the Florida Center and a leader in international education will serve as the commencement’s keynote speaker and will be awarded the Presidential Medal for her exemplary service to the UI&U community. In addition, UI&U new board member and Miami resident Louis Albert Jolivert will confer the degrees, and graduate Jenell Atlas, a lieutenant with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, will represent her fellow learners with a speech on their behalf.

Dr. Bogat taught high school students in New York before accepting a Smith-Mundt Act of Congress grant to teach in Haiti in 1958. After a 30-year career in overseas education, she retired from Union School in Port-au-Prince as its superintendent and moved to Miami, where she joined the faculty of the UI&U Florida Center in 1994. She was named dean of the center in 2000. Under her leadership, the Florida Center forged strong relationships with Miami’s Haitian and Latino communities and became one of the leading universities in South Florida for educators

“My biggest inspiration is our yearly graduation, when our graduates cross the stage and their families jump up with their cameras and shout their names. Those kinds of things are the spontaneous beauty of an educational experience, and I cling to those things,” said Dr. Bogat.

UI&U is headquartered in Cincinnati, and has centers in Montpelier and Brattleboro, VT, and Sacramento and Los Angeles, CA, in addition to the Florida Center in North Miami Beach.
The August 30 Florida Center Commencement will take place at 1 p.m., at the Miami Airport Hilton, 5101 Blue Lagoon Dr., Miami. For more information contact Angela Byles at angela.byles@myunion.edu or at 305-653-7141.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Union Makes Diverse Education's Top 100 List


CINCINNATI – Union Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university headquartered in Cincinnati, was recognized for its high percentage of minority graduates in Diverse Issues in Higher Education’s Top 100 Degree Producers list, published in the July 23, 2009 issue. UI&U ranked 55th on the list of the nation’s Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers in recognition of its high percentage of African-Americans who graduated from the university’s Ed.D., Ph.D., and Psy.D. programs during the 2007-2008 year. The university also ranked 21st in the nation in the list of undergraduate education programs for its percentage of African-American graduates, and 48th for all minorities.

“Union has always fostered diversity among our learners, faculty, our trustees, and our administration,” said UI&U president, Dr. Roger H. Sublett. “This list is an indication and validation of our efforts and reflects our adherence to our mission and principles of social justice. From its founding 45 years ago, Union has always been dedicated to diversity, and we work hard every day to ensure that people from all backgrounds have an opportunity to attend Union.”

In each of Diverse Issues in Higher Education’s Top 100 lists, data is collected by the National Center for Education Statistics from all U.S. postsecondary institutions. The data is part of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set (IPEDS). The preliminary data the magazine uses is complete and accurate for those institutions included in the analysis, which represent the vast majority of U.S. four-year colleges and universities.

Since its founding in 1984, Diverse Issues In Higher Education (formerly Black Issues In Higher Education) has been America's premier news source for information concerning vitally important issues affecting minorities and education. The magazine received the 2002 Folio award as the best education publication in America.
To view the complete list, visit: http://www.diverseeducation.com/top09/top100listing.html