What Is the University-Model of Education?

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The University-Model of Education (UME) is a successful alternative for grades K-12 that, until recently, has not been among the typical choices available to parents. It is designed to bring together the best attributes of traditional schooling with the best attributes of home schooling and integrate them into one model. Though at-home, parent roles are clearly defined and required in this model, UME should not be equated with home schooling, home schooling cooperatives, or a hybrid school where teachers lead some courses and parents home school others. Nor should UME be understood as traditional classroom education that simply requires fewer hours in class.

UME’s significance uniquely lies in its ability to (1) effectively utilize parents in partnership with highly qualified instructors. The UME approach actually takes each course at each grade level and integrates an appropriate role of the “at-home” parent with the professional role of the “on-campus” teacher. This partnership is facilitated by (2) a university-method of class scheduling (thus the name) and (3) an avenue to train, encourage, and equip parents, all applied in workable, age-appropriate ways for the elementary through high school grades. According to Dr. John Turner in his book, Character-Driven, College Preparation, “The result is an excellent, well-rounded education with less time in school, increased opportunities for positive parent-child interaction, and improved order and discipline in the classroom. It also results in the successful preparation and transition of students directly into college with minimal 'culture shock' since they have already experienced a college-simulated work environment at the high school level.”

The immediate goal of the University-Model of Education is a quality, cost-effective, college-preparatory alternative accomplished in a way that gives parents more time for imparting the faith and values THEY hold dear. The ultimate goal is to produce wholesome, competent men and women of character who make a positive difference in the next generation. It is hoped that schools based on the University-Model of Education, both public and private, will gain nationwide acceptance among parents and educators as a schooling alternative that is needed in every community.

The information above is attributed to Dr. John Turner.
More information about UME is available in his book,

Parents and Teachers in Partnership Through University-Model Schooling

(A Magnolia-Media Publication available through
the National Association of University-Model Schools @ www.NAUMS.net)

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