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Schak, Criminal Justice Program Featured on CBS Chicago Describes NLU program as hands-on, with visits to police facilities, etc.

schakRichard Schak, who founded NLU’s Criminal Justice program, talked with about how his own on-the-job and educational experiences led him to work as a homicide detective and police sergeant for the Chicago Police Department, and later get into teaching Criminal Justice.

Schak emphasized that NLU’s program focuses on experiential learning, with visits to criminal justice system venues, including police, correctional and medical examiner facilities and a working fingerprint identification system and firearms simulator. Continue reading »

Coleman Hopes Detective, Special Agent Experience Leads to FBI Career As a father, employee, husband and reservist, Student Veteran Maurice Coleman survived college on little sleep, but succeeded


Maurice Coleman, right, poses with Jimmy Wang Yang of the WWE.

Maurice Coleman, an active NLU student veteran, just graduated with his bachelor’s degree, and has an approximately 15-year record of accomplishment with the military. He hopes to parlay that into an FBI or similar career. We had a chance to ask him a few questions.

What prompted you to enter the military?

When I left high school, I wanted to do something positive. My brother was already in the military, and it was a great thing for him. I knew it would help me with school, and let me be part of something bigger than myself. I was thinking I could become an FBI agent. Continue reading »

ABC7, Sun-Times, DNAinfo Feature NLU Star Scholarship Mayor Emanuel praises scholarships to high-achieving students

CSS-BannerChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised National Louis and five other Chicago-area universities for offering Chicago Star scholarships to high-achieving students who have graduated from the City Colleges of Chicago with a two-year degree.

The Chicago Sun-Times, and ABC7 both featured the story. The Sun-Times article quoted the mayor as saying, ““Having a college education should always be determined by a student’s willingness to work, not their ability to pay. So with the support of our partners at Chicago’s top universities, we are giving our students a clear pathway from high school to four-year degree. The Chicago Star Partnership will help ensure that our hard-working graduates remain in Chicago for college, and continue to contribute their talents and skills to our growing economy and communities.”

ABC7 quoted City Colleges Chancellor Cheryl Hyman, who said, “In order to secure a family-sustaining career in today’s economy, a post-secondary credential is needed, and in many cases, that credential is a bachelor’s degree. The Chicago Star Partnership offers our high-achieving high school students a way to earn an associate’s and bachelor’s degree, saving tens of thousands of dollars along the way.”

The scholarships are available to students who originally graduated from Chicago Public Schools. For more information, see the Star Scholarship website.

Education Leaders Brainstorm Higher Ed at Gates Symposium at NLU They examine today's realities, opportunities, hear from experts


Gates Symposium attendees at National Louis University listen to keynote speaker Mitchell Stevens of Stanford University.

Top educators, policy analysts, EdTech designers, foundations and other thought leaders from around the nation gathered Oct. 1 at National Louis University (NLU) for the “Higher Education on the Growing Edge: Uncommon Thinking Around the Common Core and New Models for Student Success” Symposium, generously funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

As higher education grapples with a shift to digital learning, high costs, the need to prepare students for viable careers and bridging the high school-to-college divide, experts are challenged to uncover new solutions to enduring barriers that prevent access to and persistence through higher education for millions of American students. Continue reading »

Calm Stress By Adding Serene Moments of Pleasure Written by: Patti Essig, Response Center, NLU Lisle Campus

RelaxSlowDownHow to Manage Stress. It seems like so many of us today experience stress in our lives. As a yoga teacher I know practicing yoga regularly helps to manage stress. However, there are some very simple techniques to manage stress and lessen its negative effects.

Look Inward: Spend a few quiet minutes every day meditating or practicing mindfulness; this will help ease anxiety and lower stress hormones. Continue reading »

NLU President Explores Tech Learning at Educelerate Megahed moderates keynote panel at conference



Dr. Nivlne Megahed, NLU President, from left, Raghu Krishnaiah, COO of Western Governors University and Phil Komarny, CEO of Robots and Pencils speak during the Educelerate keynote.

How can personalization in learning technology aid students? How can developers help instructors become comfortable with personalization technology? And can personalization help higher education attract more students and see them through to their degrees?

National Louis University President Nivine Megahed moderated the keynote panel at the Educelerate conference Sept. 24, guiding a discussion featuring presenters Raghu Krishnaiah, COO of Western Governors University and soon-to-be COO of the University of Phoenix, and Phil Komarny, CEO of app developer Robots and Pencils, which developed TEx, the University of Texas system learning app which debuted in early September 2015. Continue reading »

Apply for $4,000 Scholarship for Making a Difference Encourages students to lead generous, purpose-driven lives


handofheartsmulticolorStudents who have volunteered, made a difference in their communities, or are leading a purpose-driven life or working toward one, are encouraged to apply for a $4,000 scholarship from the Fathom Fund for Purpose-Driven Students.

To apply, you must:

  • Be a full-time college student or incoming freshman.
  • Impact your community for the greater good.
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Include a resume-style list of community- and impact-focused activities.
  • Include one letter of recommendation from a non-relative.
  • Provide one non-relative reference.
  • Provide a copy of your most recent transcripts. (Freshmen may use high school transcripts.)
  • Write a 500- to 1,000-word essay sharing your story. Please include:
    • The origins of your desire to make a difference
    • Your motivations for impacting your community
    • Adversities you’ve faced throughout the process
    • Your goals for the future

Apply for the 2015-16 academic year scholarship by the deadline: September 30, 2015

Please see this link for more information.

The scholarship is provided by Fathom Education, which provides consulting for National Louis University’s website. Fathom is encouraging young people to lead generous and purposeful lives.

You Learn Differently From Others, So Find Your Learning Style Did you know there are five ways to take notes?

By Amanda DaSilva, Associate Director of Student Development

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 4.33.04 PMWelcome back to school, NLU Eagles!

While it’s hard to believe, the time has come to trade the beach for the books. Are you ready to retire as grillmaster and adjust back to student mode? Getting a jump on effective study skills can ease this transition and make you productive from the start!

Reflecting on your study habits, what has worked well for you? Are there areas where you want to change the routine? Learning is impacted by many factors, including some that you might be overlooking. Check out the resources below to assess your current study methods and gain tips for more effective studying this year. Continue reading »

Fill your Tool Belt to Build a Healthy School Year By: Danielle Colletti, Graduate Student and Wheeling Response Center

College is an exciting time when we work on building who we are and who we wish to become. However, like any new project, we needed to be armed and ready with the right tools needed to make our next endeavor a success. Look no further– let’s load your tool belt with great tips to help you stay healthy and organized throughout your college career and beyond!


Purchase one of these right away so that you can begin using it the first day of the term! Better yet, pick one up on campus on 9/14! Take your syllabi and add all the due dates and assignments to your calendar. This way you know what is ahead of you and can plan accordingly. With this, make a to-do list each day with the most important tasks at the top. Set goals. Try to keep this with you at all times. This is something that I do each day to make sure that I am on top of all my tasks for school, work, and personal life. Make it fun and reward yourself with something special for completing everything on the list. Don’t forget to schedule time to relax!


Find out what time of the day you are most productive. Are you a night owl who gets all their work done before bed, or are you a rooster who likes to get up with the sun and complete some work to start your day? Once you have learned what time works best for you, try to keep a routine!

  1. EAT SMART TO BE SMARTwellnesswordle

Be sure to eat breakfast; it is the most important meal! Breakfast gives you the fuel and focus to tackle the day ahead. Always keep some healthy snacks with you such as almonds, fruits, veggies, yogurt, granola, even popcorn! Be sure to stay hydrated with a lot of water throughout the day. Try to avoid energy drinks. Instead have a cup of black coffee, juice or a smoothie! Know that it is okay to indulge every once in a while.


Do your best to fit in exercise whenever you can and try to make it a routine! Whether it is taking the long walking route to campus or taking the stairs, every bit will help you stay active and relieve stress. If possible, join a gym and get a buddy to do it with you! Two is always better than one when it comes to exercise and motivation. Always remember to stop and embrace the beauty around you.


We often look for ways to avoid getting sick. Here are a few: Never underestimate a good night’s sleep. Trying to establish a night time routine will work wonders for you in the morning. Remember not to do homework in your bed. Your brain needs to know that when you are in bed it is time to relax and sleep. Take vitamins. Lastly, be sure to remember to wash your hands (especially after using public transportation!)


College courses can certainly bring on a lot of stress so DO NOT be afraid to ask for help! There are plenty of resources at National Louis to help you make the transition to college a success. With this, identify the resources you have outside of the classroom.   Find relief from school in your hobbies, university events, family and friends.

With your tool belt full and your eyes set on the goal, you are ready to build your future! Best of luck!

Washington Monthly ranks NLU Among Top Best-Value Midwestern Universities It ranks colleges based on net price, graduation rates and success


wm_other_cg_cover_2Washington Monthly’s “The Other College Guide” has given NLU a score of 10, out of a possible 14, on its list of Best Bang for the Buck –Midwest Rankings list. Only 18 colleges, out of 403, earned higher scores. NLU’s actual rank was 43 out of 403.

The guide uses the ratings of Washington Monthly, an independent, non-profit news magazine that offers in-depth news articles on Washington government and politics as well as higher education. According to “The Other College Guide,” it ranks schools in the Midwest as to the best value for students based on “net” (not sticker) price, how well schools do graduating the students they admit, and whether those students go on to earn at least enough to pay off their loans.

You can view the rankings here.