Chicago Sun-Times reporter Maudlyne Ihejirika highlighted National Louis University’s Pathways at NLU program Nov. 8 in her story, “NLU’s Pathways program key to record jump in the college’s applicants.”
The story profiled two Pathways students, Jairo Melendez and Jazeline Alize. Melendez explained he had been working third shift in a factory trying to help his family and wondering how he could possibly afford college. When he heard about NLU’s Pathways program, he realized it was his chance to escape the factory for a possible career in law.
Alize said she would be the first in her family to graduate high school, and she has a burning desire to finish college.
The Sun-Times also quoted NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., and Aarti Dhupelia, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives.
Megahed is quoted as saying NLU felt it had a moral imperative to address the fact that so few disadvantaged students were attending college, and even fewer continuing to graduation.
Dhupelia noted that when she looked at Chicago Public Schools figures, she saw more students graduating high school and enrolling in college, and yet the numbers of students graduating college were not going up.
“It’s when I realized colleges needed to do something different, play a bigger role in solving the college completion challenge,” she said.