When Amanda Jamski-Jornd and hundreds of other students were left stranded in the wake of Argosy University’s shutdown in March, they never thought they’d be walking a Commencement stage in June.
But, Chicago Sun-Times reporter Cindy Hernandez wrote, Jamski-Jornd and 32 other students will be walking in National Louis University’s Commencement June 15 because NLU went to great lengths to welcome the Argosy students. About 444 Argosy students in total came to NLU, with about 200 of them in Chicago and the rest at NLU’s Tampa, Florida campus.
The story quotes Judah Viola, Ph.D., NLU’s dean of the College of Professional Studies and Advancement, which offers the psychology programs: “Our faculty has really stepped up to be supportive and to welcome the (former Argosy) students with open arms. We have done what we can to help them adjust to the culture of our school and to get them to refocus on their studies and what their goals were in the first place.”
Jamski-Jornd will receive her doctor of clinical psychology (Psy.D.) degree. NLU did not offer that program prior to Argosy’s closure, but swift action on the part of the university’s leadership and accreditors at the American Psychological Association resulted in the program being established at NLU.
Jamski-Jornd and her fellow Psy.D. students had technically been enrolled at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, which was formerly run by Argosy but is being established at NLU. It will become the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at National Louis University.
The story also quoted Lauren Jackson, a Psy.D. students at NLU.
“We were able to pick up where we left off with a lot of the same professors,” Jackson said. “Now we are pretty much back on track.”