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Rashid Wins Fulbright, Will Research in Africa 2015-16 School Year Will examine society, economy, educational system of Ghana since independence

 

 

KRashidCroppedCongratulations to Kamau Rashid, Ph.D., NLU Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations and Inquiry, for being awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship.

Rashid plans to spend his Fulbright year, 2015-2016, in Ghana at the University of Education, Winneba. He’ll focus his scholarship on researching W.E.B. DuBois, the American sociologist and activist (1868-1963) who moved to Ghana in 1961, at age 93, and Kwame Nkrumah, a close friend of DuBois’ who became the first president of Ghana when it gained independence from British colonization in 1957.

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NLU Joins Pilot Program to Accept Online Credits, Create Quality Standards NationSwell reported NLU is helping students enter, and complete, bachelor's degree programs

 

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 1.00.04 PMNationSwell.com reported National Louis University is one of 25 universities participating in a pilot program to accept all or most transfer credits students earn from a select number of online educational institutions.

The 25 universities will focus on roughly 100 intro courses in up to 30 subject areas that are offered either at a low cost or for free, NationSwell reported. It’s already received the stamp of approval from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with a $1.89 million grant.

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Dear Congress: Spend Less on ‘No Child’ Tests, More On Helping All Students As lawmakers squabble over reforming 'No Child Left Behind,' don't forget underserved kids

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By Sophie Degener, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Reading and Language

The fate of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is in the hands of our congressmen. Members of the House of Representatives will have to decide whether or not to renew the legislation, and what form that legislation will take. A scheduled vote on Friday, Feb. 27 was postponed, but Congress will have to vote soon.

There are many educators, including professors and researchers at National Louis University, who are hoping to influence our lawmakers as they consider NCLB’s future. Continue reading »

NLU Prof: I’m Here to Listen, See World Through Your Eyes Oxford Blog describes NLU Prof Mark Larson's conversational approach to oral histories

 

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 11.47.48 AMMark Larson was interviewed twice by the noted Chicago-based interviewer Studs Terkel.

“I know what it is like to be listened to for an extended session and with intense curiosity,” Larson wrote in the Oxford University Press blog. ” I believe everyone deserves a chance to be heard that way.”

Thus Larson, an assistant professor of education in National Louis University’s National College of Education, has started his own blog, American Stories Continuum, to showcase the oral history interviews he conducts–about 200 so far. Continue reading »

Taking Stock During Black History Month Higher Education Plays a Role in Realizing Two Families' Dreams

 

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Akilah Bradford explores life possibilities with her high-school-aged daughter, and tells her not to limit herself.

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Kimberly Michaelson, from left, Kathy Broome, Michael Cobb and Georgia Bozeday.

History isn’t shaped only by wars and political leaders. It’s also about the choices individuals make to change life for themselves and their families.

Each of us, by choosing to get a bachelor’s or advanced degree and pursue a career in our chosen field, is staking a claim for a life we want. We to set higher possibilities for our children’s generation. And taken together, we are a force that shapes societies, cities and economies.

In honor of Black History Month, we asked two African-American National Louis University alumnae to reflect on how the past and present, and their experiences at NLU, shaped their lives and those of their families. Continue reading »

Prof Tells BuzzFeed Autism Group Went Too Far She joined others saying Autism Speaks' rhetoric was controversial

Autism Speaks, an advocacy organization for people with autism, recently marked its 10th anniversary by asking its social media followers to comment on what the organization has done in its decade of existence.

While it got some praise, according to BuzzFeed News, it largely got backlash for its statements to parents of autistic children that autism is a severe condition that can cause bankruptcy, cause parents’ marriages to fail and “can rob you of your children and your dreams.” Continue reading »

NLU Alum To Head DuPage County NAACP Veretta Rice Yancey got her Master's Degree in Education

Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 5.15.32 PMNLU alum Veretta Rice Yancey, whom a colleague described as having “a passion for social justice and serving youth,” has been elected president of the DuPage County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It serves DuPage, Kane, Will and Kendall Counties, according to the Naperville Sun.

Yancey,  a Naperville resident, got her bachelor’s degree from North Central College and her master’s degree in adult education from National Louis University. Continue reading »

Biden Praises Student Veterans; Conference Frames Service As Career Asset SVA Stresses Need to Know What You’re Entitled To, Improving Mental Health Resources

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National Louis University student veterans and staff attended the Student Veterans Association conference with SVA CEO D. Wayne Robinson in San Antonio, Texas, in January.

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National Louis University student veterans and staff attended the Student Veterans Association conference in San Antonio, Texas, in January.

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The entire delegation of student veterans from Illinois posed for a photo during the Student Veterans Association conference in San Antonio, Texas, in January.

 

Written by Francesca Weaver-Chaney and Anne Gunderson

More than 1,200 student veterans, including some from NLU, watched with anticipation as Vice President Joe Biden approached a conference  podium in San Antonio, Texas, to speak.

“You are the finest group of warriors the world has ever known,” he told them.

The audience of students previously and currently serving in the five branches of the military stood to applaud Biden. Many said afterward they had once again gained pride in being a part of this nation’s military. Continue reading »

Viola Posts Tips To National Association Blog

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 3.07.16 PMJudah Viola, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences within NLU’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement, recently published a post on the American Evaluators Association blog.

Viola provided tips to build an independent consulting practice specializing in program evaluation and collaborative community research.

You can see the post by clicking here.

 

Crain’s Proclaims Hilsabeck’s Promotion to Provost NLU's administrator featured in 'People on the Move'

 

Hilsabeck, Alison_lowres.JPGCrain’s Chicago Business magazine has taken note of one of National Louis University’s new leaders.

Its “People on the Move” column for Jan. 29 announced the promotion of Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., to provost.

National Louis University’s announcement of the move said Hilsabeck came to NLU in 2003 as Associate Dean for NLU’s National College of Education.  She served as NCE Dean and then Executive Dean from August, 2004 through June, 2014 when she accepted the position of Vice Provost for Academic Programs, Faculty Development and Research.

In September, Hilsabeck agreed to serve as Interim Provost.

Hilsabeck brings a history of rich experiences and roles prior to joining NLU.  She served in various positions at Northwestern University for 18 years, including Associate Director for the Master of Science in Education Program and as Assistant Dean in the School of Education and Social Policy.  In 1992, she took a leave from Northwestern to serve as a research consultant for the Third International Math and Science Study with Dr. David Wiley, chief psychometric advisor for that study.

She is the 2012 recipient of a Luminary Leadership Award for her work as board chair for the Eleanor Women’s Foundation, a hundred plus-year-old non-profit organization which provided career and housing support services for low-income women (it has since merged with the Chicago Foundation for Women).  She has served on various external committees and task forces including serving as the co-chair of the Council of Chicago Area Deans of Education, serving on the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education’s committee on 21st Century Schools of Education, and serving on AACTE’s national task force on teacher retention.

Hilsabeck holds an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts, a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, and a Ph.D. in Educational Processes from Northwestern University.   Her doctoral work focused on the stratification of collegiate attainment.

In announcing to faculty and staff Hilsabeck’s being named as provost, NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., wrote, “Over the last few months (as interim provost), Alison has demonstrated her continued passion, commitment, and skill as a leader.  Coupled with her deep knowledge about NLU and our culture, her focus on collaboration and striving for excellence, it quickly became obvious that Alison is the right Provost for NLU.   Accordingly, I am thrilled to appoint her to this well-deserved role.”