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Category: Unity News

June 17, 2024

Unity Environmental University Announces Minimum Wage Pay Increase

Unity Environmental University, a leader in environmental-based education, announced an increase in employee compensation, effective July 1, 2024. This initiative reflects the university’s unwavering commitment to its employees, ensuring they can afford a comfortable standard of living in Maine. Maine Living Wage Commitment Salaried Employee Minimum Increase: The minimum annual salary for full-time, benefit-eligible Maine-based… Read more »

June 17, 2024

Unity Environmental University Distance Education Announces Student Tuition Freeze Through 2030 as University Doubles Down on Student Success Efforts

For the sixth year in a row, Unity Environmental University Distance Education announces it will not raise tuition, and is committing to another six years of flat tuition through 2030, reflecting the institution’s dedication to keeping education affordable to all students. “Real educational equity requires real change from within. For too long, too many people… Read more »

June 05, 2024

Unity Environmental University Joins Group of Maine Independent Colleges Guaranteeing Maine Community College Direct Transfer Path

Community college graduates in Maine can now transfer directly to degree programs at Unity Environmental University along with five other independent four-year colleges under the new Maine Transfer Guarantee announced Wednesday. “The Maine Transfer Guarantee takes the guesswork out of higher ed planning for many Maine students and families,” said David Daigler, president of the… Read more »

Dr. Melik Khoury, President and CEO of Unity College

May 06, 2024

Melik’s Memo: May 2024

Spring is in the air and the team at Unity Environmental University is preparing to graduate another class of environmental superheroes. This year we anticipate that the University will confer more than 650 degrees, and we’re excited to have more than 100 of those students along with their families and friends joining us to walk… Read more »

April 26, 2024

Unity Environmental University Announces Kristy Drutman as Commencement Speaker for Class of 2024

Unity Environmental University is proud to announce Kristy Drutman, renowned environmental educator and media producer, as the commencement speaker for the Class of 2024. Drutman, popularly known as “Browngirl Green,” is celebrated for her passionate advocacy in environmentalism, diversity, and media. As a leading voice in the environmental movement, her expertise lies in educating and… Read more »

Photos of Unity Environmental Universities new programs.

April 09, 2024

Unity Environmental University Announces Launch of Six New Academic Programs

Unity Environmental University Announces Launch of Six New Academic Programs Unity Environmental University announces the expansion of our Sustainable Food Systems and Sustainable Hospitality and Tourism programming suites. The expansion includes six new programs designed to prepare students for future careers in the rapidly growing green economy. These new offerings are part of the university’s… Read more »

Dr. Melik Khoury, President and CEO of Unity College

February 09, 2024

Melik’s Memo: February 2024

We are off to an exciting start in 2024. We now enroll over 7,500 students from all 50 states, U.S. territories, and 21 countries. This milestone reflects the institution’s innovative approach to education and commitment to affordability and accessibility! I am also quite proud of the fact that our institution was ranked #1 in Maine… Read more »

An aerial image of the Pineland Farms campus that houses Unity Environmental University.

February 08, 2024

Unity Environmental University Announces New Strategic Partnerships with Mission-Aligned Preferred Employers

Unity Environmental University announces a significant expansion of its Preferred Employer Program, welcoming over two dozen new organizations into its network. These mission-aligned partners represent a diverse array of opportunities for our students and graduates, embodying Unity’s vision of nurturing professionals dedicated to ecological and societal sustainability. These organizations span across the nation, resonating with… Read more »

A white building with the sign for the Unity Performing Arts Center in front of it.

February 05, 2024

Nearly $1 Million Dollar UCCA Property Gifted to Ecology Learning Center by Unity Environmental University

Unity Environmental University in collaboration with the Unity Foundation proudly announces the donation of the Unity Center of the Arts (UCCA), valued at nearly $1,000,000, to the Ecology Learning Center, a landmark decision that reflects the University’s commitment to community engagement and environmental stewardship. The UCCA, known for its rich blend of cultural and educational… Read more »

This infographic shows the increase of diversity and first-generation leaners at Unity.

January 22, 2024

Unity Environmental University Ranks #1 in Maine in 2023 Social Mobility Index Report

Unity Environmental University now enrolls over 7,500 students from all 50 states, U.S. territories, and 21 countries. This milestone reflects the institution’s innovative approach to education and commitment to affordability and accessibility. This significant growth can be attributed to the University’s strategic pivot towards online education, which began in 2016 with the introduction of Unity… Read more »

Spruce or fir tree young branches in the wood. Blooming spruce in spring, close-up.

December 29, 2023

Unity Environmental University’s Top 5 2024 New Year’s Resolutions

As Unity Environmental University ushers in the New Year, we reflect on our achievements from the previous year and set our resolutions to continue this momentum of growth and innovation. Our New Year’s resolutions for 2024 are inspired by the successes and lessons of 2023, and they are aimed at furthering our commitment to environmental… Read more »

A large log cabin-style lodge sits behind a wooden moose sculpture in the grass.

December 20, 2023

Unity Environmental University Spearheads Sustainable-Tourism Education Programming

Unity Environmental University, a pioneering institution in environmental education, announces the launch of two new baccalaureate programs within its Distance Education arm: B.S. in Tourism Destination Management and B.S. in Regenerative Hotel Management.

Students smile at the camera in their caps and gowns during Commencement.

December 11, 2023

Melik’s Memo – December 2023

As we embrace the festive spirit of the holiday season and reflect on the achievements of this year, I am thrilled to update you on some of the major happenings going on at Unity Environmental University.  Amidst the festive cheer, we are eagerly anticipating a landmark event in our university’s history—our first-ever December Commencement at… Read more »

A scenic overlook of a lake around a mountain with the overlaying text, "How Regenerative Travel Can Make An Impact."

December 06, 2023

Introducing Regenerative Travel

It is important for travelers and non-travelers alike to understand the pressing environmental, social and economic issues associated with tourism. Could regenerative travel practices be the solution?

November 16, 2023

Unity Environmental University Distance Education Welcomes Five New Academic Hires to Lead Curriculum Innovation and Expansion

Unity Environmental University announces the appointment of five academic hires within our Distance Education subsidiary who will play a pivotal role in the institution’s ongoing commitment to academic excellence, curriculum innovation, and expansion. These hires include three new Associate Deans, two at the baccalaureate level and one at the graduate level, to help Unity continue… Read more »

Four people hold hands together in a grassy field.

November 07, 2023

Two Maine Colleges among 13 Institutions Receiving $3.275 Million to Tackle Student Mental Health

Unity Environmental University and College of the Atlantic to receive capacity grant designed as a precursor to a total of $8.5 million toward students’ wellbeing. To address what the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy recognizes as “the defining public health crisis of our time,” Unity Environmental University and College of the Atlantic are among thirteen… Read more »

The well lit interior of the TIEP building called Freeport Hall.

October 05, 2023

Unity Environmental University and Metro Institute Partner to Open Full-Service Testing Center

Unity Environmental University announces a partnership with Metro Institute, a leading national provider of online computer-based testing services, to establish a full-service testing center on our Pineland campus. The testing center, which is located at Unity’s Freeport Hall, is set to open its doors on October 9. Metro Institute has a track record in providing… Read more »

October 04, 2023

Pioneering AI in Education: Unity Environmental University’s Team Shines at Teach with AI Conference

As technology rapidly evolves, Unity Environmental University remains at the forefront, pioneering the future of AI in higher education. Recently, a Unity team comprised of Dr. Kelly Boyer Ontl, Dean of Graduate Studies; Chris Malmberg, Director of Learning Experience Design; and Donovan Montoya, XR Simulation Developer, participated in and presented at the inaugural Teaching &… Read more »

September 27, 2023

Renowned Conservationist Inspires Unity Students with Insights on Wildlife Care in Africa

Professor Wouter Van Hoven’s Visit Highlights the Vital Role of Environmental Wellbeing in Safeguarding Africa’s Wildlife and Communities Prominent wildlife conservationist, Professor Wouter Van Hoven, recently visited Unity Environmental University’s Pineland Campus to present his insights on “Wildlife Care in Southern Africa: Environmental Wellbeing, the Key to Wildlife Wellbeing in Africa.” The event, attended by… Read more »

September 22, 2023

Unity Environmental University Announces Winner of the Fall 2023 Nicholas Holt Challenge Scholarship

Unity Environmental University is thrilled to announce Nevan Burns as the distinguished recipient of the Fall 2023 Holt Challenge Award. This scholarship, worth more than $3,000, is generously provided by the Holt family in honor of the late Nicholas Holt, and is awarded to outstanding Unity students who display a passion for experiential learning, research… Read more »