Chicago 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, DNAinfo.com 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.
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
How to Manage Stress. It seems like so many of us today experience stress in our lives. As a yoga teacher I know practicing yoga regularly helps to manage stress. However, there are some very simple techniques to manage stress and lessen its negative effects.
Look Inward: Spend a few quiet minutes every day meditating or practicing mindfulness; this will help ease anxiety and lower stress hormones. Continue reading
Dr. Nivlne Megahed, NLU President, from left, Raghu Krishnaiah, COO of Western Governors University and Phil Komarny, CEO of Robots and Pencils speak during the Educelerate keynote.
How can personalization in learning technology aid students? How can developers help instructors become comfortable with personalization technology? And can personalization help higher education attract more students and see them through to their degrees?
National Louis University President Nivine Megahed moderated the keynote panel at the Educelerate conference Sept. 24, guiding a discussion featuring presenters Raghu Krishnaiah, COO of Western Governors University and soon-to-be COO of the University of Phoenix, and Phil Komarny, CEO of app developer Robots and Pencils, which developed TEx, the University of Texas system learning app which debuted in early September 2015. Continue reading
Students who have volunteered, made a difference in their communities, or are leading a purpose-driven life or working toward one, are encouraged to apply for a $4,000 scholarship from the Fathom Fund for Purpose-Driven Students.
To apply, you must:
- Be a full-time college student or incoming freshman.
- Impact your community for the greater good.
- Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Include a resume-style list of community- and impact-focused activities.
- Include one letter of recommendation from a non-relative.
- Provide one non-relative reference.
- Provide a copy of your most recent transcripts. (Freshmen may use high school transcripts.)
- Write a 500- to 1,000-word essay sharing your story. Please include:
- The origins of your desire to make a difference
- Your motivations for impacting your community
- Adversities you’ve faced throughout the process
- Your goals for the future
Apply for the 2015-16 academic year scholarship by the deadline: September 30, 2015
Please see this link for more information.
The scholarship is provided by Fathom Education, which provides consulting for National Louis University’s website. Fathom is encouraging young people to lead generous and purposeful lives.
By Amanda DaSilva, Associate Director of Student Development
Welcome back to school, NLU Eagles!
While it’s hard to believe, the time has come to trade the beach for the books. Are you ready to retire as grillmaster and adjust back to student mode? Getting a jump on effective study skills can ease this transition and make you productive from the start!
Reflecting on your study habits, what has worked well for you? Are there areas where you want to change the routine? Learning is impacted by many factors, including some that you might be overlooking. Check out the resources below to assess your current study methods and gain tips for more effective studying this year. Continue reading
College is an exciting time when we work on building who we are and who we wish to become. However, like any new project, we needed to be armed and ready with the right tools needed to make our next endeavor a success. Look no further– let’s load your tool belt with great tips to help you stay healthy and organized throughout your college career and beyond!
- BUY A PLANNER
Purchase one of these right away so that you can begin using it the first day of the term! Better yet, pick one up on campus on 9/14! Take your syllabi and add all the due dates and assignments to your calendar. This way you know what is ahead of you and can plan accordingly. With this, make a to-do list each day with the most important tasks at the top. Set goals. Try to keep this with you at all times. This is something that I do each day to make sure that I am on top of all my tasks for school, work, and personal life. Make it fun and reward yourself with something special for completing everything on the list. Don’t forget to schedule time to relax!
- DETERMINE IF YOU ARE AN OWL OR A ROOSTER
Find out what time of the day you are most productive. Are you a night owl who gets all their work done before bed, or are you a rooster who likes to get up with the sun and complete some work to start your day? Once you have learned what time works best for you, try to keep a routine! Continue reading
Washington Monthly’s “The Other College Guide” has given NLU a score of 10, out of a possible 14, on its list of Best Bang for the Buck –Midwest Rankings list. Only 18 colleges, out of 403, earned higher scores. NLU’s actual rank was 43 out of 403.
The guide uses the ratings of Washington Monthly, an independent, non-profit news magazine that offers in-depth news articles on Washington government and politics as well as higher education. According to “The Other College Guide,” it ranks schools in the Midwest as to the best value for students based on “net” (not sticker) price, how well schools do graduating the students they admit, and whether those students go on to earn at least enough to pay off their loans.
You can view the rankings here.
Bradley Olson, Ph.D., was one of six American Psychology Association members who won a victory recently when the APA’s leaders voted overwhelmingly to ban psychologists from assisting the U.S. military with interrogations and subsequent torture of terrorism suspects.
“This vote represents the American Psychological Association’s movement from treating powerful sections of the government as the client to a state where the person’s well-being and human rights stand foremost,” said Olson, an associate professor at National Louis University, is co-director of the Community Psychology doctoral program.
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