About Us

The Ubiquity Story



1996

Ubiquity University was founded in 1996 by Dr. Matthew Fox, a world renowned educator and writer, as a non-profit graduate school licensed by the California Bureau of Private and Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Nine years later, Dr. Jim Garrison was recruited as president and began his tenure in 2005, renaming the school to Wisdom University.

2012

In June, 2012, 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 pioneered by the university.

2013

Wisdom University was formally acquired in 2013 and is now the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies within Ubiquity University. It continues to offer Masters and Doctoral degrees as the school has done since 1996.

2015

In 2015, the university expanded beyond the United States and was accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Colleges and Universities (ASIC) in the UK.

Now

Ubiquity now serves students from around the world through a range of courses, programs and degrees as a truly global institution.

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Ubiquity University was founded in 1996 by Dr. Matthew Fox, a world renowned educator and writer, as a non-profit graduate school licensed by the California Bureau of Private and Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Nine years later, Dr. Jim Garrison was recruited as president and began his tenure in 2005, renaming the school to Wisdom University.

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Why study at Ubiquity?

Ubiquity is a whole new kind of education for a whole new kind of world. Our founding purpose is to develop the kind of learning experiences that young people need to thrive in a world of increasing complexity and connectivity.

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?

 

Ubiquity is a whole new kind of education for a whole new kind of world. Our founding purpose is to develop the kind of learning experiences that young people need to thrive in a world of increasing complexity and connectivity.

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 sustainable development to social justice 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 believes in taking stands. From sustainable development to social justice 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.

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.

 

The Chartres Framework

Our inspiration comes from the School at Chartres which was established in Chartres, France in the middle ages. Bishop Fulbert (c. 1020) brought a new focus to the school and it became renowned as an institution that focused on the original seven liberal arts. We are reinventing the traditional seven liberal arts for a new societal context and we have recast them in the following manner. All of our courses fall within this framework to give you the skills you need to effectively engage in a rapidly changing 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, CEO