“Looking Up and Away”


By Dr Fletcher L Tink


It is not easy to restructure a school from being an unaccredited thirty year institution serving the ministerial training needs of Vietnamese to becoming a full-fledged accredited program in the English language. 


We’re not quite there yet, but we are moving firmly in the direction of full accreditation with the Distance Educational Accreditation Commission (DEAC).  The visitation team will be coming on to our campus in October and inspecting every aspect of our operation.  


This is a tedious and meticulous process begun almost two years ago with self-evaluations and documents to back up every aspect of curriculum, administration, finance and legalities.  It is necessary as there are so many scam operations that pose as educational institutions.   In the state of California, we have been notified that any school that does not have formal accreditation will eventually be shut down.   That is a good thing. 


We have operated thanks in large part to the generosity of the Vietnamese community, and now others are getting on board, seeing in what we are providing, great potential:  low cost, online line delivery, and truly international in scope and in leadership.  There is a great commitment to quality learning and practical application for preparing genuine and effective Christian leaders.  


We also believe that we are “nimble”, that is, sensitive to the trends and opportunities of this age.   Indeed, we have developed curricula at the undergraduate level that we hope to implement in the coming years that will have as a global emphasis. 


Unlike other institutions, our DNA comes out of an immigrant community, one that has experienced hostility and persecution at home and a measure of discomfort in a new land.  Our formation was not top down from academics or government, but from the bottom up.  That gives us legitimacy to understand where real people live and what their needs are. 


Our initial students received full tuition scholarships and will continue to receive such as long as they remain active students.   We can no longer do this, now that we are ramping up the quality and range of our offerings to meet accreditation standards.   However, our cost is still so less expensive and will be calibrated for scholarship assistance depending on need and the economy of local nations. 


Thus, we feel like we are headed up.   But we are also headed “away”.   Our initial student enrollment is made up of students in Ethiopia, Zambia, Nigeria, Myanmar, the Philippines, and other nations of the world.  It has reached into the African-America and Asian communities here in the United States though we also have a good blend from several cultural groups in each class.  


We invite people with qualifying credentials to join us in this great adventure to help “form” a university of quality and sustainability that reaches far out into the educationally limited edges of the world. 


Here are two testimonials from students from Asia:   


“I am very blessed to be a part of UUC. I started UUC last October and I am enjoying every moment. My classes at UUC have helped me a great deal to grow in my faith, develop my servant leadership, grow in my ministry and widen my horizons of understanding.   


“It is a blessing to work with professors who always, always find time to answer my emails, motivating and encouraging me to do well in all my assignments including the responses that I have made in my class discussions.


“As a student, I believe that a professor who's always available to respond to your queries, motivating and encouraging you is very crucial and substantial for student growth and development. Being a part of UUC, I have learned a lot and it has given me principles and guided me how to become a more effective leader in ministry.”  


M.S.  A Filipina living the USA 


“My studies at UUC opened up new avenues for learning on the online mode. What used to be difficult before is now a way of life to access online 24/7,  anywhere, where I can study at flexible time schedules as my resources would allow.


“Now I am accustomed to it and can easily do all my learning activities without barriers.  For people on the go like me this is the most convenient and fast way to get an education. My professors are doing all their best so that the quality of learning is retained and at par with other formal mode of delivery and learning methodologies.


The curriculum is excellent and at cutting edge global education.   I highly recommend to others who don't have the luxury of time, that the best way to start is now.  You have to discipline yourself to read and study just like in a residential or formal school.  It’s a real time learning experienced and UUC has delivered what it promised.”   


R.T.  Filipino, already with earned Master degree elsewhere