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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


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.

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. 

Future Employers Will Read Your Social Media of Today Students, be SMART the next time you tweet, check in, and share

By Danielle Laban, NLU’s Director of Student Experience

SocialMediaillustrationYou know social media have grown phenomenally over the past few years, but do you know just how much? And how it will affect your paycheck after you graduate?

Usage of general social media has increased nationally by almost 1,000% within the last decade, especially by those between 18 and 29 years of age, according to the Pew Research Center.  According to a survey conducted by UCLA, 27.2 percent of students spent more than six hours per week on some form of social media in 2014, up from 19.9 percent in 2007.

Also, data presented by, a leader in the employment industry, communicated that 86% of employers are checking social media before they grant an interview. Moreover, today 94% of grad schools inquire about a student’s online posts.

It’s important to start thinking about how your presence on social media can influence your professional trajectory as you work through college as a budding professional. It’s important to think strategically about how you can keep your personality alive, while not scaring away potential internships or job opportunities. Here’s some food for thought as you make your online “footprint” the next time you tweet, check in, and share:

  1. Delete any negative or controversial posts, check-in locations, and pictures.
  2. Employers and university personnel can do an internet search of your profile.
  3. Remember that the internet is not a secure place. For example, when using the Snap Chat technology, individuals can take screenshots of what you send them. So be careful of what you send to your peers via social media.
  4. Make a decision to let someone whose opinion you value highly (parents, favorite aunt, mentor, etc.) provide you feedback on what you want to post on social media.
  5. Set up a Google Alert for your name, so when a photo of you has been tagged or anyone mentions your name, you will know.
  6. Highlight and post about the events, programs or student clubs you participate in at NLU. If you volunteer, attend campus activities, or learn something new in class, be sure to write about it online. Make it your Facebook status or Tweet about it, or better yet start a blog about how awesome your experience is with NLU.

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 »

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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Music-Loving Alum Turned Passion Into Profession Assistant band director enhanced his music leadership skills at NLU

3 - CopyBefore Willie Snipes Jr.  came to NLU to earn his  M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision in 2010, he made history at the college where he obtained his bachelor’s degree. He was the first recipient of a degree in music from Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama. Today he is still bringing music to his (first) alma mater.

Snipes’ interest in music came at an early age, which helped him to stay focused and out of trouble while he was growing up. From then on, music played a key role in the trajectory of his life. Continue reading »

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


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


wheelchaircroppedBy Peter Ploegman, Library and Learning Support Specialist

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 »

Why College is Life of Pie, And How To Get Your Ice Cream College is the time to join a club, try something new, make a friend

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By Danielle Laban, NLU Director of Student Experience

College is like apple pie. Apple pie is always better a-la-mode, with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream!

One of the greatest shifts you’ll experience coming from high school to college is the variety of choices available to you, all of which are optional and extra opportunities to grow and have fun beyond the classroom! With great freedom comes a risky trap some students fall into, which is not participating in any of the extra activities, events, or programs. Continue reading »