UPR: Practical and Profound Wisdom for the 21st Century
The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas. Tolerant like the sky, all-pervading like sunlight, firm like a mountain, supple like a tree in the wind, he has no destination in view and makes use of anything life happens to bring his way. Nothing is impossible for him. Because he has let go, he can care for the people's welfare as a mother cares for her child. -Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching
As a nonprofit, online university dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom, our vision is a community of seekers who are continually discovering, applying, cultivating, and rediscovering practical and profound wisdom in the 21st century.
The mission of the University of Philosophical Research is to facilitate students’ exploration, discovery, application, cultivation, and rediscovery of wisdom in their personal, professional, and academic lives.
UPR looks to include wisdom from its every source and to make it accessible to all who value it.
UPR transcends any particular tradition, philosophy or personality.
UPR supports free and open inquiry into ways of knowing and being that are at the same time open to critique and dialogue.
UPR aims to foster an educational community characterized by stimulating and good-faith interaction.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Salyer holds a Doctorate in Literature and Religious
Studies from Emory University's Graduate
Institute of the Liberal Arts.
Dean and Chief Academic Officer Ms. Wright holds an M.A. in American Literature
from the University of Arizona.
The University of Philosophical Research emerged from and is a DBA of The Philosophical Research Society (PRS), a nonprofit organization founded in 1934 by Manly Palmer Hall for the purpose of providing thoughtful persons access to the depth and breadth of the world’s wisdom literature. The Society's mission was to provide education related to the study of human consciousness, and it did so for many years through the context of the disciplines of:
In 1998, President Dr. Obadiah Harris began formalizing the Society’s many educational offerings into an accredited formal University. The first program is in Consciousness Studies.
In July of 2000, the State of California approved the University of Philosophical Research to issue a Master of Arts Degree in Consciousness Studies.
In January 2003, the State of California approved the university’s second Master of Arts Degree Program, in Transformational Psychology.
UPR in the 21st Century
Greg Salyer, Ph.D., is named President and CEO of the University of Philosophical Research and the Philosophical Research Society. Sharon Wright, M.A. is named Dean and CAO. The University begins to expand the undergraduate and graduate programs while refreshing the curriculum.
UPR is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission or DEAC. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).