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When Dad Spoke To Alum In a Dream, She Listened Writer Beth Schaefer teaches at NLU, founded a publisher and even a fake university

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 5.16.21 PMWhat does it mean when a deceased parent appears to you in a dream, but you can’t hear the words they’re saying?

NLU alum Beth Schaefer divined the meaning right away. Her dad was telling her that even though she had a career going in corporate writing, she could no longer silence her creativity, which was trying to emerge, writes Rick Kogan in the Chicago Tribune.

Schaefer, who earned her M.S. in Written Communication degree from National Louis last year and now teaches in the program,  grew up in a gifted family. With her mother an actress and a vocalist on Chicago’s club scene and her dad a fiction and poetry writer, the arts and creativity colored her universe. Schaefer herself had taken to the stage as an award-winning singer-songwriter earlier in her career. Continue reading »

Take Action to Keep Teachers from Quitting, Suggests Prof to UNESCO Dr. James O'Meara outlines a solution to teachers' high attrition rates

Teacher_ShortageWhile 150,000 teachers are trained each year in the U.S., half of them quit within the first five years, write NLU Professor James O’Meara, Ed.D., in the Education for All section of The figure comes from Education International.

Educators blame the usual suspects–heavy workloads, long hours, a lack of training and support. O’Meara points out that “we must pay attention to retention.” One way to do so is through deploying Teacher Leaders to support beginning teachers. Continue reading »

Alum Will Lead Sherwin-Williams, An $11 Billion Company John Morikis will become CEO of the paint company on Jan. 1

-fca6d470ec7e5265Sherwin-Williams Co., a Cleveland-based paint manufacturer and retailer, has named John G. Morikis, 52, its ninth CEO, according to  Morikis, a native of Lake Station, Indiana, attained his M.S. in Management and Development of Human Resources from National Louis University in 1989.

Morikis started as a management trainee in the company’s Paint Stores division in 1984, and worked his way up. He has been president and COO since 2006 at Sherwin-Williams, which was founded in 1866–exactly 20 years before NLU’s founding in 1886.

Of the fact he rose through the ranks, Morikis said, “I think that gives me terrific perspective. I’m not asking anyone in the company to do anything I haven’t done.”

During Morikis’ nine years as president and COO,  the company grew from $7.8 billion to more than $11 billion in revenues last year. The company has 4,100 stores in North America and 5,000 employees.

For details, see reporter Janet H. Cho’s article for The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

To learn more about NLU’s M.S. in Human Resources Management and Development, click here. 

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 »

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.

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


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



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. Continue reading »

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


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 »

NLU’s Yokota Heralded as Kid Lit Expert at International Festival Yokota Helps Guide Jury in Selecting Books With 'Soul'



A Nami Island Children’s Book Festival exhibit. Photo by Korea Joongang newspaper.

People came from all over the world recently to visit Nami Island in South Korea for its well-known International Children’s Book Festival. It features exhibitions of art from childrens’ literature, classes, exhibitions and lots of fun, creative, colorful things for kids to do.

NLU’s Junko Yokota, Ph.D., professor of Reading and Language and director of NLU’s Center for Teaching through Children’s Books, served on the jury this year. The Korean newspaper Korea JoongAng Daily quotes her as saying they selected books with “soul” that children would want to keep coming back to.  Continue reading »

HuffPo Cites NLU As A Top ‘Value-Added’ University in Illinois Alums' Mid-Career Salaries Are Higher Than Expected, Research Finds

value-added-calculation’s illustration shows the factors Brookings Institution researchers calculated to determine “value-added.”

National Louis University has an elusive combination of factors–including academic quality, professors’  connections to their fields, professional reputation, graduation rates and more–which make it one of Illinois top “value-added” universities, according to Brookings Institution research published in the Huffington Post.

The typical NLU graduate was predicted to earn $61,556, according to factors such as students’ academic preparation and income level, but in actuality earned $71,300. Thats 14.7% higher than expectations based on the researchers’ data.

The researchers said the “value-added” factor that a university such as NLU provides comes from graduation rates, the market value of the skills the university teaches, and other factors, such as professors’ connections to their fields, the location of the university, the availability of internships, name recognition and possibly some factors which are unknowable.

NLU ranked 13th of all colleges and universities in Illinois for the “value-added” factor.

See the post here.