In 2017, Unity College adopted an enterprise model as its institutional organization. An enterprise model allows for the creation of distinct units within the overall college — not unlike a traditional university model, with some real advantages that allow us to be more responsive to the rapidly changing needs of students and society.

Research shows that while there are still students that fit the traditional college student profile, many more are emerging who are adult learners, require flexible scheduling, are looking for more discrete credentials, or simply cannot move across the country to get an education.

As America’s Environmental College, we at Unity College believe that we should be prepared to serve a broad range of students from all backgrounds all across the U.S. and the world. An enterprise model gives us the flexibility we need to better meet student needs while aligning our education with the expectations of employers and graduate schools so that our graduates are prepared for success.

One significant advantage of the enterprise model is that it allows for more variety in the types of units — at Unity College we call them “Sustainable Enterprise Business Units” (SEBUs) — within the overarching college. Currently, Unity College has two SEBUs: the Flagship residential program and the Distance Education program.

The Flagship residential program is focused at the more traditional residential campus in Unity, Maine. It has seventeen environmental degree programs.

The Distance Education program started in 2016 and is expanding to include a Sustainable MBA and M.S. in Professional Science with focus areas in Environmental GIScience, Sustainable Natural Resource Management, Sustainability Science, and Conservation Law Enforcement.

Unity College is always considering new approaches to living its environmental and educational mission. Now, with the enterprise model of organization, Unity College can develop new approaches in response to student learning, social need, and employer and graduate school expectations.