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Superintendent Caught Teaching Bug from Preschoolers School district administrator got her start as a classroom volunteer

Caletha White ’17 is the new superintendent of schools for Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 in Park Forest, Ill. beginning July 1, 2018. Well before this new position or even her career in education, White was just a mother volunteering in a preschooler classroom.

The energy of 3- and 4-year-old students and their eagerness to learn was contagious, and it led to White’s career change away from human resources and into education. “The imagination, creativity and excitement of early learners was amazing and I wanted to nurture that passion in children by creating classroom environments that are windows to the world,” she explained. Continue reading »

National Louis Wins 2018 Eduventures Innovation Award NLU shows 'true thought leadership,' Eduventures leader said

A jury of higher education leaders and advisors selected National Louis University as a winner of the 2018 Eduventures Innovation Award. NLU’s Aarti Dhupelia, vice president for strategic initiatives, and Stephanie Poczos, associate dean of general education and Pathways, accepted the award in Boston at the Eduventures Summit June 14. Eduventures is a research and advisory firm focused on higher education.

The National Research Center for College and University Admissions (NRCCUA), an educational data science and research organization and Eduventures’ parent, created the Eduventures Innovation Awards Program to honor higher education institutions that have demonstrated significant innovations when developing programs in each of these categories:

  • Enrollment: A new enrollment management strategy in a fast-changing environment
  • Student Experience: A new approach to teaching and learning or student support
  • Outcomes: A new effort to define and report student outcomes

Entries are scored on value to the institution, innovation, and relevance to the mission of the school.

“The 2018 Eduventures Innovation Awards winners showcase true thought leadership at their institutions,” said Patrick Vogt, CEO at NRCCUA.

“They exemplify creative and forward-thinking approaches that are making demonstrable changes in the way colleges and universities recruit, teach and retain students. On behalf of the team at NRCCUA, I congratulate this year’s group of individuals and organizations.”

In addition to National Louis University, other winners included Adelphi University, Anderson University (South Carolina), Elon University, Georgia State University and Walden University.

 NRCCUA serves over 1,800 member institutions comprised of public and private colleges and universities across the nation.

Governor Taps NLU’s Curda To Lead Illinois Dept. of Veterans Affairs Stephen K. Curda taught education and technology courses, led NLU veterans program

National Louis University students who took classes from Associate Professor Stephen K. Curda, Ph.D., might not have known from his welcoming demeanor that he has held a very distinguished career in the U.S. Army, or that he rose to the rank of Brigadier General before retiring recently.

Instead, students knew the tenured associate professor as a caring instructor devoted to his students, and also as the leader of National Louis University’s veterans program through his position as Special Assistant to the President for Veterans Education. Continue reading »

People, Organizational Culture Drew Nilsen To Human Resources, I/O Psych She'll oversee new HR and Industrial/Organizational Psych dual masters program

Janice Nilsen, Ph.D. heads a dual master's degree program in Human Resources Management and Industrial/Organizational Psychology at National Louis University.

Janice Nilsen, Ph.D., heads National Louis University’s dual master’s degree program in Human Resources Management and Development and Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Janice Nilsen, Ph.D., has used her natural  “people person” abilities to grow in a human resources career that has evolved over time.

She has spent years in the business world, including high-level training and human resources roles at Sears and Office Max. She has also valued education by earning her MBA at the University of Notre Dame and her Ph.D. in Organizational Development at Benedictine University (in 2016). Continue reading »

Phi Delta Kappan Publishes NLU’s Azcoitia on Leading Community Schools

Many people are attracted to the idea of community schools, but starting one is not as simple as opening a health clinic and instituting partnerships with local businesses, civic groups and seniors, cautioned  NLU’s Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D., distinguished professor of practice within the National College of Education, in an article in Phi Delta Kappan’s February issue.

It takes a battery of leadership skills and abilities to helm a community school, wrote Azcoitia, along with co-authors Ted Purinton, Ed.D., former director of NLU’s National College of Education’s department of educational leadership, and alum Karen Carlson,  Ph.D. Phi Delta Kappa is a professional association for educators, and the Kappan is its magazine. Continue reading »

National Louis University and Laureate Education, Inc. Announce Transfer Agreement of Kendall College’s Programs and Other Assets

National Louis University (NLU), Laureate Education, Inc. (Nasdaq: LAUR) and Kendall College, LLC announced Jan. 16 they have entered into an agreement whereby Kendall College’s current programs and other assets will transfer to NLU. The boards of NLU and Kendall approved this arrangement, with the additional agreement of Kendall’s parent company, Laureate Education, Inc.

This transfer of programs is contingent on regulatory approvals, including that of the U.S. Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission, whose decision is expected the latter half of this year, but possibly as soon as the summer.

Under this agreement, NLU will offer all five of Kendall College’s degree programs – baking & pastry, business, culinary arts, early childhood education, and hospitality management – plus Kendall College’s general education programs.

Currently, both NLU and Kendall offer early childhood education and business, as well as general education programs. Kendall’s other three degree offerings represent new programs at NLU. As part of this agreement, Kendall and Laureate will provide financial support for NLU to create state-of-the-art facilities including kitchens, a dining room, and hospitality and culinary innovation space and classrooms on its flagship Michigan Avenue campus. NLU will create a third college within the University that will be known as the Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at NLU.

“NLU and Kendall College share many important core values and a similar mission of providing access to quality higher education that prepares students for career success,” said Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., NLU president. “After careful consideration, the NLU Board of Trustees has determined that this is an excellent opportunity to grow our institution’s ability to offer additional professional pathways through established programs, serving more students and building stronger communities.”

Paul Lussow, Kendall president, said “The Kendall College board and leadership want to ensure the best future for the college and its students. We believe this agreement with NLU represents a thoughtful solution for our current students to continue their education in Chicago at a long-standing institution with a strong mission and academic history, and we are also pleased that the Kendall name will continue.”

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Alum Travels to D.C., Supports Rights of Disabled to Live Where They Choose Lianne Paterson '17 advocates for the rights of individuals with disabilities

 

U.S. Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, left, poses with NLU alum Lianne Paterson as she advocated for residential choices for individuals with disabilities.

After Lianne Paterson ’17 became a mother to three children—two of whom have disabilities—she started testing her wings in advocacy. Paterson earned her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology in 2016 and her Ed.S. in School Psychology at National Louis University in the spring. This month, she leveraged her knowledge as a school psychologist and her advocacy experience to meet with senators and Congressmen in Washington, D.C. Continue reading »

Crain’s Chicago Business Features President Megahed’s Award She received the 50@50+ award for improving lives, strengthening communities

NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., was honored with the AARP 50@50+ Illinois Award and featured in a  gallery of award winners in Crain’s Chicago Business on Nov. 6.

AARP called Megahed and the other recipients “champions of leadership” and hailed the fact they are breaking perceptions and building possibilities.

NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., has been honored in Crain’s Chicago Business with the AARP 50@50+ Illinois award.

The magazine noted that Dr. Megahed has launched the New Urban University Coalition, which uses shared knowledge and findings to improve higher education for urban students. It also noted that NLU welcomes older adults and retirees, which has resulted in a student population in which 12 percent are over the age of 50, three times the average at colleges statewide.

The other 49 honorees included leading business people, CEOs, doctors, writers, tech entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives, artists and musicians.

View the 50@50+ Award winners, including President Megahed, in Crain’s Chicago Business.

View Dr. Megahed’s biography here.

Homegrown Community Activist Leads at Hometown School District NLU grad appointed to D65 school board in Evanston

Rebeca MendozaRebeca Mendoza ’17, M.A. in Psychology, is a community activist who is devoted to the well-being of her hometown. She was recently appointed to the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Board of Education.

“After graduating from college, I returned home to see that many of the disparities in my own community had not changed. Specifically, the ongoing achievement gap for our students of color,” she said. “This is my community, and I care deeply about it. I am a product of the District 65 school system.”

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