About Us

The Ubiquity Story

1996

The original iteration of Ubiquity University was founded in Oakland, CA in 1996 by Matthew Fox, PhD, a world-renowned educator and writer, as a non-profit graduate school called the University of Creation Spirituality licensed by the California Bureau of Private and Postsecondary Education (BPPE). What distinguished the school was its innovative combination of intellectual and artistic learning in which all students were required to engage in equal measure to balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain and thereby engage in integrated learning. Jim Garrison, PhD, was recruited as president in 2005, renaming the school Wisdom University to broaden its scope and pedagogy. He has led the development of the university since then with a mission to create a truly global learning community based on holistic learning aligned with the larger ecology and natural systems of the Earth.

2012

In June 2012, the university went through a major transition in order to keep pace with the dramatic changes occurring in education. Ubiquity University was established as a for-profit Social Benefit Corporation and technology platform company, paving the way for global expansion and new forms of learning and strategic partnerships. The vision was to create a global learning community that would pioneer holistic education comprised of knowledge, personal development, and social action — integrating head, heart, and hands into a new form of learning (UbiSkills). There was also a vision to pioneer competency learning, assessment, and credentialing in the creation of a global “competency passport” (UbiPass) and to create a technology platform that would enable collaborative online learning and community building for students and participating organizations (UbiVerse). These three commitments — UbiSills, UbiPass, and UbiVerse — have provided the framework for Ubiquity’s global development.

2013

To create Ubiquity University, the for-profit social benefit corporation (B Corp) set up in 2012 acquired Wisdom University in 2013. This acquisition conformed with all the rules and regulations mandated by the BPPE and the Attorney General’s Office of California. What was Wisdom University became the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies within Ubiquity University. The Wisdom School continues to offer Masters and Doctoral degrees as the university has done since 1996 and to curate a range of courses in wisdom studies. At the center of the Wisdom School is the Chartres Academy located in Chartres, France which offers courses on the seven classical liberal arts and the great wisdom teachings of the world spiritual traditions, emphasizing the imperative for humanity to harmonize with the larger ecosystem of planetary life.

2015

Ubiquity expanded into a global arena, receiving accreditation from the Accreditation Service for International Colleges and Universities in the UK. The university began its Business to Business strategy in order to develop strategic partnerships with global institutions such as AIESEC, the largest student-run organization in the world, and began to focus on expanding into Asia, initially in Sri Lanka with the Ministry of Education to provide training in Soft Skills and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Pioneering work continued to develop our competency-based UbiPass and to build an innovative social platform for changemakers, our UbiVerse.

Now

Ubiquity has grown and now serves students from around the world through a range of courses, programs, and degrees as a truly global educational institution. The three pillars upon which the university was founded — UbiSkills, UbiPass, and UbiVerse — continue to shape the strategic direction and generation of revenue. Strategic partnerships have been formed in dozens of countries with a range of partners. In 2020, Ubiquity launched Humanity Rising with over 300 partnering organizations which convenes live daily broadcasts on Zoom plus partner channels to 15,000 – 20,000 viewers in over 130 countries. Through these partnerships and Humanity Rising, Ubiquity’s brand, courses, and programs operate worldwide. The university concluded its accreditation with ASIC in 2020 and is now accredited by the Global Accreditation Council based in the Hague. The Global Accreditation Council represents a new form of accreditation, the first ever to include ecological and social justice criteria as part of the accreditation process.

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The original iteration of Ubiquity University was founded in Oakland, CA in 1996 by Matthew Fox, PhD, a world-renowned educator and writer, as a non-profit graduate school called the University of Creation Spirituality licensed by the California Bureau of Private and Postsecondary Education (BPPE). What distinguished the school was its innovative combination of intellectual and artistic learning in which all students were required to engage in equal measure to balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain and thereby engage in integrated learning. Jim Garrison, PhD, was recruited as president in 2005, renaming the school Wisdom University to broaden its scope and pedagogy. He has led the development of the university since then with a mission to create a truly global learning community based on holistic learning aligned with the larger ecology and natural systems of the Earth.

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Why study at Ubiquity?

Ubiquity is different. We are built for people who understand that the current global paradigm is unsustainable. We believe that meeting systemic threats such as climate change depends on the creation of empowered individuals who are passionate about collaborative, local action. We also know we have much to relearn from the world’s wisdom traditions to not only transform ourselves and our understanding of the human condition, but to create a global cadre of caretakers that honor the Earth and all of its species. To learn more, click on the words below.

Holistic

Activist

Innovative

Global

Ubiquity believes in educating the whole person. We want you to discover your passion, unlock your potential and create positive change. That means activating your head in the pursuit of knowledge, your heart in the development of self-mastery, and your hands to make a real-world impact.

Why study at Ubiquity?

 

Holistic

Ubiquity believes in educating the whole person. We want you to discover your passion, unlock your potential and create positive change. That means activating your head in the pursuit of knowledge, your heart in the development of self-mastery, and your hands to make a real-world impact.

Activist

Ubiquity believes in taking stands. From sustainability and regeneration, to social justice, and to peace-building, our students are aware of and engaged with global challenges. This is why we embrace the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We work together to solve the global problems that are threatening our planet.

Innovative

Ubiquity continues to push against the status quo. We believe in academic freedom and in challenging the accepted ideas of how things should be done. We offer multiple modalities and types of content designed to unleash your personal passion and expose you to new ideas.

Global

Ubiquity is committed to diversity and inclusion. We emphasize collaboration over competition. Our online learning platform attracts students and faculty from around the globe who work together to achieve their vision for a better world.

 

Our Ubiquity Values

Based on the Seven Liberal Arts and the Chartres Framework

Our mission is grounded in the reality that history has reached a critical moment and people everywhere need to be nurtured with new mindsets, skillsets and tool sets to work together to solve global challenges.

We believe that more diversity engenders more creativity. We challenge ourselves and our teams to work together in collaboration, fostering creativity, respecting differences, encouraging debate and seeking to inform our dialogue with a commitment to creative collaboration in the spirit of passion, ethics and logic.

We believe in ethical speech and action. We seek to influence each other to reach new professional heights as individuals and teams, as well as positively influence the world through our educational products and philosophical principles. We endeavor to walk our talk and to uphold the highest ethical standards with everyone everywhere.

We seek to express beauty in our products and communications. We strive to create a brand dedicated to fostering beauty in the world. We appreciate and seek to express beauty and artistic harmony in every aspect of our company.

We seek to attain and express excellence in all we do and to make decisions informed by data and grounded in our commitment to ethical communication and action.

We believe in a culture of fostering individual strengths. We honor the different dimensions each of us bring to our work and seek to use our leadership talents to advance our mission both internally and externally. We take accountability for our attitudes and our actions. 

 We strive to embrace ourselves, our company and our global community from a position of unity, compassion and love.

Code of Ethics

Ubiquity takes the stand that academic institutions must be more than simply disseminators of knowledge. In addition, they must actively nurture self awareness and social activism and equip students to address critically urgent global challenges.

Ubiquity takes the stand that education is radically changing and needs to be redesigned to enable students to successfully thrive in a world of increasing hyper-complexity. Our goal is to produce excellent, high-quality, academically sound, practically applicable, whole-person, competency-based educational products designed to enable our students to know what they need to know about themselves and the world and work together to make a positive difference in society. 

Ubiquity takes the stand that the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) are imperative for the health of our global community and our planet. We anchor our educational approach in those competencies students need to have in order to take effective action in the world.

Ubiquity takes the stand that as an institution we have to respect the environment including commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect bio-diversity and follow practices that honor the Earth and its citizens. Our entirely virtual campus is an example of one critical way that we have committed ourselves to lowering our carbon footprint.

Ubiquity takes the stand that we must deal honestly and fairly with all persons and organizations. We endeavor to act with integrity and transparency in all situations. We guard against conflicts of interest.

Ubiquity takes the stand that diversity is valued and honored. Our inclusive global community welcomes all persons who are academically qualified to enter. We strive to be accepting and respectful of differences in age, class, disability, race and ethnicity, gender and gender expression, language, national origin, religious and spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.

Ubiquity takes the stand that we respect the rights and dignity of all persons, and we do everything we can to protect the emotional and physical health of our staff, our students and our global community. We do not tolerate harassment of any kind, bullying, violence or threats of violence, or any other actions meant to harm any individual associated with us.

Ubiquity takes the stand that we will maintain and protect student confidentiality and academic records. Although we cannot guarantee we will never suffer from a technological hack, we will do all we can to proactively prevent such a thing from happening and that we will follow the latest industry standards.

Ubiquity takes the stand that our Code of Ethics will be enforced. Reports of violations will be investigated by the appropriate university personnel. Each report will be determined on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with customary, reasonable standards. Each member of our community is expected to cooperate fully in any such investigation and appropriate disciplinary action may be implemented. There will be no adverse actions, retribution or reprisal for good faith reporting of a suspected violation of the Code, even if the allegations prove to be without merit. However, we will pursue disciplinary action against any individual who knowingly files a false report with the intent to injure another student, faculty or staff.

Perceived violations of this Code of Ethics should be reported to the Office of the President, Jim Garrison, PhD, President