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NLU and College of DuPage Partner To Offer 4-Year B.A.


Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., president of National Louis University, and Robert Breuder, Ph.D., president of College of DuPage, both seated, signed a partnership agreement between the schools Oct. 30. Joining them were, from left, Ruth Davis, Ed.D., Director of Institutional Outreach Strategy at NLU; Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D.,  provost at NLU; Marty Mickey, VP Finance at NLU;  Emmanuel Awuah, Ph.D., COD AVP for Academic Affairs;  Andrea Polites, M.S.W., COD Human Services instructor; Jean Kartje, Ph.D., COD VP Academic Affairs; Jason Florin, M.H.S., COD Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Human Services program, and Julie Trytek, M.A., COD Human Services instructor.



NLU and COD officials announced Oct. 30, 2014, that the schools are partnering in a 3+1 program to offer a B.A. in Human Services.

National Louis University and College of DuPage announced Oct. 30 they are partnering in a 3+1 program that enables students to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from NLU with all courses completed at COD’s Glen Ellyn, Ill. campus.

The new degree is designed for students who are working toward either an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Human Services Generalist or A.A.S. Addictions Counseling degree at College of DuPage.

During the first three years of this program, students complete an associate degree and additional general education credits at College of DuPage and transfer up to 90 COD credit hours, offered at COD’s tuition rate.

The fourth year (which is the 1 in the 3+1 moniker), students complete an additional 30 credit hours of courses taught by National Louis professors at College of DuPage at a reduced National Louis tuition rate. To ensure successful program completion, students enrolled in the program also receive concurrent advising from COD and National Louis University.

Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., NLU’s Interim Provost, said, “As an institution with a long history of developing strong community and institutional partnerships, NLU is committed to offer students at College of DuPage clear, seamless and economical pathways to attain high quality educational programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.”

“These agreements are a true milestone for College of DuPage, which now offers 13 3+1 bachelor’s degrees with six partner universities that cover all academic discipline divisions at the College,” said Emmanuel Awuah, Ph.D., College of DuPage Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. “These agreements with National Louis are additionally significant because they provide the opportunity for our students to complete education and training for careers in very strong, high-demand fields.”

Lauren Mason, a 23-year-old student at College of DuPage, is currently completing her A.A.S. Addictions Counseling degree. The Glen Ellyn resident plans to enroll in the COD/NLU 3+1 program as a convenient and affordable way to earn her bachelor’s degree.

“Completing my degree at College of DuPage is something that is vital to my educational plan. After earning my A.A.S. from COD, I will be prepared to go into the human services field and start an internship. After this is completed, I will take my CADC exam and become a certified alcohol and drug counselor,” Mason said. “The next step is to further my education by earning a bachelor’s degree. National Louis is an excellent choice for anyone interested in Human Services. The 3+1 program in particular is providing me with an opportunity to earn my bachelor’s at a discounted rate, with NLU accepting more credits toward my degree than any other program. I am looking forward to helping and making a difference in people’s lives. I have always had a passion for the human services field, and the new 3+1 program will help greatly to fulfill this dream.”

Among the state’s public colleges and universities, College of DuPage serves more than 28,000 students each term and is the second largest provider of undergraduate education in the State of Illinois after University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The College currently offers 80 degree programs and 166 certificate programs available at its 273-acre main campus in Glen Ellyn and regional centers in Addison, Carol Stream, Lisle, Naperville and Westmont, as well as through COD Online, which offers more than 250 courses in 44 disciplines, including a number of certificate and associate degrees that can be earned entirely online.

Founded in 1886, National Louis University is a nonprofit, non-denominational University offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in fields of education, management, human services, counseling, public policy, and others concerned with human and community development. From its inception, National Louis has provided educational access to adult, immigrant and minority populations – a mission it sustains today. National Louis is well-known for an exceptional history in teacher preparation and continues to be a leader in educating future teachers and community leaders to succeed in urban environments.

For more information about the COD/NLU 3+1 B.A. degree program, please call COD Admissions Representative Jose Alferez at (630) 942-3146,, or Ruth Davis, NLU, Lisle Campus, at (630) 874-4566 or