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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 »

NLU’s New Quality, Low-Cost Education Model is Genius Creates 'Pathways' to College and Career Success

shutterstock_143025157By Stephanie Poczos

Everywhere you turn, news headlines proclaim the preposterously high cost of earning a college degree. Higher education is struggling to adapt to today’s challenging financial times. As part of the evolving landscape, National Louis is presenting a new model for education—one designed around you.

With this model, we are addressing the needs of our incoming students in three ways. First, we are lowering the cost, so your tuition will come to $10,000 per year. Students at certain income levels may be eligible for aid, which will reduce the net cost to zero. Continue reading »

College? What’s That? Eighth-Graders Visit NLU To Find Out Legler tells kids from low-income areas they can continue after high school, succeed


150604-burroughs-school -9 150604-burroughs-school -16-LEighth-graders from Burroughs Elementary School remained hushed as NLU’s Ray Legler, Ph.D, took them on a tour of NLU’s Chicago campus, then explained how they could attend a university, or a vocational school, after they graduated high school.

The 45 kids stayed so quiet, in fact, Legler wasn’t sure they had taken it all in. Continue reading »

How to Survive your First Year of College These insider tips can help things go well


By Danielle Laban, NLU’s Director of Student Experience

This is a really exciting time for you. I remember the summer before I started college, I felt so free and on top of the world! I was excited about moving on to new challenges and experiencing new things. Let’s kick the new school year off with advice to help you survive your first year of college from someone who’s done it and who’s made a living out of working closely with college students. Your story is just getting started;  let’s begin that first chapter! Continue reading »

After saving lives in combat, student veteran Derrick Mitchell hopes to save lives in hospitals In this Student Veteran Spotlight, Mitchell explains how military service shaped his career goals


derrick_mitchell.jpgAs a combat medic, Derrick Mitchell sometimes had to run into battle to pick up fallen soldiers and administer emergency treatment. Now, pursuing his Master’s in Health Services Administration at NLU, he plans to continue assisting with medical care—without the combat—by working in healthcare or hospital administration.

Serving our country was almost a given for Mitchell, 32, who started at NLU in April, 2014.  He has five family members who served, including his parents and grandfather.  In this recent interview, he told us why service was a life adventure, and how it’s shaping his education and career. Continue reading »

Dr. Shinn: Let’s Shift Focus From Diagnosing Kids’ Disabilities To Helping Them Learn Prof keynotes at distinguished conference on educating children with disabilities

Mark Shinn

Mark Shinn, Ph.D.


When children struggle in school, the trend for about the past 35 years has been to test them and give them a diagnosis, such as a learning disorder, a behavior disorder or a special needs student.

That hasn’t been effective in helping these students, NLU’s Mark Shinn, Ph.D., told many of the nation’s premier researchers and policymakers in the special education field this week. Continue reading »

REACH Awards Given to Five Alumni for Refusing To Accept Status Quo They've worked, against the odds, to make things better

reach-gala113National Louis went all out when it awarded five alumni its Reach Award at the Field Museum on May 19. The gala Reach reception, dinner and awards ceremony took place under the watchful gaze of “Sue,” the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered.

But it hasn’t always been gourmet food and fancy place settings for the five honorees. They have persevered in the real world to make things better for local people and  communities. Continue reading »

Cousins Who Didn’t Know They Were Both NLU’ers To Graduate Together They didn't realize both were attending National Louis

Jannae Jenkins and Darlene Cook

Jannae Jenkins Simmons, left, and Darlene Cook are first cousins, but were unaware they were both attending NLU until a surprise meeting. They will graduate together in the same Commencement ceremony June 20.

Darlene Cook went to National Louis’ Commencement Fair on May 27 to get information about the graduation ceremony and have her picture taken in a cap and gown. While she was waiting in line for the photo, however, she got a huge surprise.

“I looked up and there was my first cousin,” she exclaimed.

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Husband and Wife Graduate Together—For the Second Time They'll walk at NLU's Commencement June 20


DanaRobertBurrisCan higher education be romantic? While some couples need long walks on the beach or a glass of wine beside a crackling fire, Cupid shot his bow right through a syllabus at Dana Jocic Burris and Robert Burris.

The two met when they were undergraduates at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. They walked in the same Commencement ceremony to get their undergraduate degrees — his in secondary education and hers a double major in family and consumer sciences and marketing. With the diplomas out of the way, they got married in July 2010. Continue reading »

Columnist Cites NLU Veterans Program As National Model Student veterans' engagement rates, employment rates are rising

veteranschart-380x380NLU’s Veterans Program is getting national attention for its results.

Michael Schindler, a columnist for, an online news partner of The Seattle Times, referenced NLU in a column about offering military-connected students resources to help them succeed.

“Studies show that when community-based resources collaborate with college-based services, veteran involvement and graduation success rates improve considerably,” he wrote May 31. Continue reading »