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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. 

 

Olson Emerges As Human Rights Champion Against Torture NLU prof spurred American Psychology Association to ban psychologists to help military bolster torture

 

 

BradOlsonphotoBradley Olson, Ph.D., was one of six American Psychology Association members who won a victory recently when the APA’s leaders voted overwhelmingly to ban psychologists from assisting the U.S. military with interrogations and subsequent torture of terrorism suspects.

“This vote represents the American Psychological Association’s movement from treating powerful sections of the government as the client to a state where the person’s well-being and human rights stand foremost,” said Olson, an associate professor at National Louis University, is co-director of  the Community Psychology doctoral program.

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CPS’ Aarti Dhupelia Joins NLU, Will Lead Professional Pathways Program Tells WBEZ it's an extension of the work she's done at CPS

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Aarti Dhupelia will join NLU Sept. 28 as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives.

Aarti Dhupelia, a high-level Chicago Public Schools official charged with motivating high school students to enroll in college, graduate and achieve career success, is joining NLU as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. She will lead the Harrison Professional Pathways Program, NLU’s reinvention of college into an innovative high-tech, high-touch approach to make a quality four-year undergraduate education affordable to almost everyone.

Dhupelia told WBEZ Radio’s Becky Vevea the job is a natural transition from her position as  Chief Officer of the Office of College and Career Success.

Read the WBEZ interview with Dhupelia and NLU President Nivine Megahed. Continue reading »

Prof: Four Questions Chicago Schools Must Always Ask Catalyst-Chicago features opinion piece by NLU's Dr. Azcoitia, until recently a CPS board member

 

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Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D. a distinguished professor of practice at National Louis University, served on the Chicago Board of Education and recently offered his perspective to Catalyst-Chicago.

After serving on the Chicago Board of Education for two and a half years, NLU’s Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D., has an expert perspective on the Chicago Public Schools’ situation.  As a longtime educator who has served as a school principal, Azcoitia brought rich experience and championed excellence for the huge and diverse school district.

This week, he penned an opinion column for Catalyst-Chicago, a non-profit publication which chronicles Chicago school reform, to share his perspective.

In it, he shares his analysis of the principles that must guide school board members in decision-making.

“As board members, we need to always ask — before any action is taken – are we improving quality? Are we getting the best results for our investment? Are we communicating with the people most affected by our decisions? Does it promote equity?” he wrote.

Azcoitia made a number of other points, some of which include:

  • The system needs to pay more attention to quality school options, especially neighborhood and community schools.
  • Successful practices at charter schools should be shared.
  • CPS must support early childhood education in high-need areas.
  • Partnerships with families, communities, businesses and government can help re-engage disengaged youth who might be on a path toward undesirable behaviors.
  • There must be a focus on equity and excellence with new revenue channels.

See the entire post here. 

Robert Muller Joins NLU As New Dean of National College of Education He brings expertise in management, education policy and innovation

 


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Robert Muller, Ed.D. has been appointed as new dean of the National College of Education (NCE). Muller will drive the overall strategic direction of NCE’s curriculum, staffing, student academic affairs, budget and fundraising. As state and federal education policies continue to evolve in the K-12 arena, Muller’s expertise in education policy and institutional management will be a tremendous asset to NCE faculty and students. Muller assumed his full-time responsibilities on August 10.

Muller most recently was the director of Strategy and Business Development at SRI Education, a division of SRI International. Prior to that, he was vice president and director at CNA Education. He is former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education, and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education. He has consulted on education policy, program development, change management and leadership. Muller has been an adjunct professor at the College of Education at the University of Maryland where he taught leadership and innovation in a newly launched executive doctorate program. His additional adjunct roles were with R.H. Smith School of Business and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Continue reading »

Meet Students Pablo, Susan, Morgan and Yaritsa Why Morgan says "NLU gives you its heart"

 

Find out what NLU students have to say about going to school at NLU, and what it’s like for them.

Pablo was nervous about transferring to NLU from a community college, but says NLU faculty and staff helped see him through to success.

 

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NLU Named to 50 Best Online Master’s Degree Programs Early Childhood Education program ranked for quality, marketability

 

50-Best-Online-Master’s-in-Early-Childhood-Education-Programs-2015-300x257An independent college search and rankings website, SuperScholar, has ranked National Louis University among the 50 Best Online Master’s in Early Childhood Education Programs for 2015. 

The non-profit website said it ranked universities’ programs based on affordability, starting salaries of recent grads, market reputation, awards and recognition, and flexibility. Continue reading »

Student Veteran Aggie Wajda Designs Her Way To Justice Career Five years in the Navy transformed her from 'shy' to leader

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By Kellie Kennedy

Agnieszka (Aggie) Wajda initially pursued dreams of becoming an interior designer, but realized that she had a different calling. She joined the U.S. Navy, which opened her eyes to skills and talents that she didn’t know that she possessed.

Her work in the military also increased her interest in continuing her higher education so that she could achieve her dream of becoming a police officer. In just a few months, Aggie will achieve this dream. Learn more about Aggie’s experience at National Louis University (NLU) and the Veterans Program. Continue reading »

NLU Celebrates 25 Years of Americans with Disabilities Act, Removing Barriers to Higher Education ADA has fundamentally changed higher education

 

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It has been 25 years since Americans with disabilities had their civil rights affirmed by law, and that’s a milestone to celebrate.

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law.

The ADA is a piece of civil rights legislation guaranteeing the rights of all disabled persons to equal and timely access to public and private facilities, employment opportunities, and education beyond a high school diploma. Continue reading »

Business School in Poland Graduates 400, Enjoys High Tech Business Incubator NLU is exploring more collaborations with WSB-NLU in southern Poland

 

WSB-NLU3graduation2015By Judah Viola, Dean of NLU’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement

I recently traveled to Poland to represent NLU leadership at the commencement ceremonies of WSB-NLU (Wyższa Szkoła Biznesu – National Louis University). The name  translates as “Higher School of Business.”

WSB-NLU graduated approximately 400 students this year in bachelor’s degree programs in business, computer science, political science and psychology. It also graduated students in master’s degree programs in business and computer science. Continue reading »