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Students Pioneer the Gateways Early Childhood Credential NLU students earn Gateways Infant/Toddler distinction

InfantToddlerCohortCelebration was in the air recently as a cohort of NLU students, all directors of early childhood centers,  completed a course sequence leading to a valuable Illinois credential.

The state awards the distinction, called the Gateways credentials, as a symbol of professional achievement in the early childhood education field. Earning Gateways credentials will expand employees’ opportunities for employment and advancement. Continue reading »

12 Steps to Making the Most of your Internship Written by Nayesha Pruitt, Graduate Student

InternshipIllustrationSo, you’ve secured an amazing internship?  Here are 12 easy steps to making the most of your internship experience and showing future employers that you’ve taken initiative in developing your skills. 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. 

How Volkswagen Could Have Saved $40 Billion, MBA Profs Say Company failed at authentic leadership, which NLU's MBA emphasizes


Volkwagen exhibit at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. MBA professors and students at National Louis University said VW showed a failure of authentic leadership. Photo credit: Darren Brode /

The international Volkswagen scandal, which is generating daily headlines, was a failure on the part of the German automaker’s officials to practice integrity, transparency and similar values encapsulated in the concept of authentic leadership, according to a National Louis University MBA professor.

And far from just harming Germany, the scandal, nicknamed Dieselgate because the automaker installed devices on its diesel vehicles that would show emissions as lower than they actually were, is causing economic, social and environmental ills to people here in the Chicago area. Industry experts say the scandal may ultimately cost Volkswagen $40 billion.

Another MBA professor questioned whether regulators can keep up with the complex software algorithms which industries such as automakers and financial services are increasingly employing.

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President Megahed To Gates Foundation Panel: Use Data for Higher Quality, Lower Cost NLU's president tells how data can also help students complete their degrees


Chris Bustamante of Rio Salado College, from left; Daniel W. Rasmus, Serious Insights; Nivine Megahed, National Louis University; Suzanne Walsh, Gates Foundation, and Jean Floten, WGU Washington, are pictured at the Gates Foundation Education Forum, 2015.

NLU President Nivine Megahed told Gates Foundation conference participants that she “test-drove” NLU’s new Adaptive Learning platform by teaching the first course herself, writes Daniel Rasmus in

Rasmus served as the facilitator of the breakout session on personalized learning at the recent Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation U.S. Education Learning Forum, which attracted leaders of the nation’s universities most plugged in to digital learning.

“Megahed, who describes herself as a data geek, has slowly transformed National Louis into a data-driven institution that simultaneously addresses cost, quality and completion,” Rasmus wrote. Continue reading »

Student Wins $21,000 Grant Before Completing Grant-Writing Class Cari Stevenson got profs' help when she saw great opportunity

Cari Stevenson, psychology professor

Cari Stevenson, psychology professor

National Louis University graduate student Cari Stevenson, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Community Psychology, learned this month that she was awarded a $21,000 planning grant from the Prevention Institute and Movember Foundation.

Stevenson, who has a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology, teaches psychology at Kankakee Community College.

“As the saying goes, ‘timing is everything.’ Just before our NLU Grant Writing course (LAS 655) began, one of my cohort colleagues forwarded a newsletter which happened to include a link to grant opportunities,” Stevenson said. Continue reading »

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 »