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The differences between undergraduate and graduate studies

shutterstock_143025157When I attended NLU for undergraduate studies, I was enrolled in the B.A. in Applied Behavioral Sciences (ABS) program, and it was an incredible experience. This interdisciplinary program is accelerated and intended for adults with significant life experience who have completed previous college coursework. The program is taught using a cohort model, which means I went through the entire program with the same group of students. There was such a trust and bond that formed that the cohort became like my new extended family.

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A new chapter for online learning at NLU

shutterstock_97376669The power of online learning in higher education is undeniable. Classes hosted via the Web grant more flexibility to students — particularly working adults, who are trying to juggle their studies with busy lives. They give faculty the chance to bring in other media — video, audio and message boards — to better engage students. And institutions may benefit by increasing their reach beyond campus without paying for new buildings in other locations.

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Pulitzer Series brings big names to NLU

This year NLU has presented a strong lineup of programs to support our intellectual community.

In the fall we brought you TEDx, a series of independent TED talks exploring teacher voice.  We also hosted Startup Weekend, where an NLU alum and Dean Chris Cassirer were part of winning entrepreneurial ventures. Twice a year we partner with the Golden Apple Foundation and Chicago Shakespeare Theater to host a series of symposia on the changing landscape of the education system.

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NLU and St. Augustine College sign new agreement

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NLU President Nivine Megahed (l) and St. Augustine President Andrew Sund

NLU President Nivine Megahed recently joined St. Augustine College President Andrew Sund in signing an articulation agreement between the two schools that will allow St. Augustine students to transfer credits toward NLU bachelor’s programs in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education and Criminal Justice.

Giving credit where credit is due: The NLU transfer credit team

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NLU’s transfer team: (l-r) Danielle, Hanna and Anita

Maybe you’ve seen the NLU billboard on the Tri-State, perhaps you’ve heard our advertisements on The Mix (yeah, I love Eric and Kathy, too), or possibly you’ve even attended one of our events. So, you already know that NLU is a great place for transfer students. Here’s the deal on what happens behind the scenes when you transfer to NLU and the fantastic tools and team that help you make the most of your credit.

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Meet Andrew Heil, a student in the NLU Veterans Program

shutterstock_129353198Tell us about yourself.

I was born and raised in Chicago. When the Army recruiter came to my high school, my ears perked up. I knew I wanted to be a law enforcement officer and learned a great deal about the field through my roles and responsibilities in the Army. My two primary roles in the Army were as a military police investigator and army recruiter. In 2011, I retired with 22 years of active duty in the Army, along with an additional 10 years of service in the Reserves.

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Fostering a child’s dream to learn

shutterstock_69781339In my February blog, I shared and reflected on how my childhood memories of my parents pursuing their education played a critical role in my love of learning and my career choices. Now that I am a parent, I feel the significance of my child’s education and the significance to build a life for my child that centers on education. I recognize that my family has a fortunate advantage due to my career choice; however, this does not lift the weight of importance in each of our roles to educate our children.

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In the Spotlight: NLU’s Early Childhood Education team

shutterstock_113421283In the past couple of years, early childhood education has received massive attention in the U.S., from the heights of power on down.

President Barack Obama has called for universal preschool for four-year-olds in his last two State of the Union addresses, which has so far led to 30 states increasing funding for early childhood education and the federal government giving an additional $1 billion to Early Head Start. Bill de Blasio, the newly elected mayor of New York City, is also pushing for citywide preschool for children, and other mayors and governors have joined in the movement.

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What really happens at an educator job fair?

EJF RoomI just posted last month about how to prepare for a job interview, but what about preparing for a job fair and, realistically, what kind of results are possible?

There is no better way to answer these questions than to talk about what just happened on March 4th at the 2014 NLU Educator Job Fair hosted at NLU’s Lisle Campus. Held from 1pm-4pm with potential post-fair interviews taking place between 4:30pm-6:30pm, both the employer and student respondents to the post-fair satisfaction survey agree that the 2014 Educator Job Fair was a wild success.

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