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Chicago Sun-Times Publishes NLU VP’s Letter on GOP Tax Plan Marty Mickey, VP of Finance, explained how the tax plan would hurt students

The tax plan proposed by Republicans in Congress would hurt graduate students, as well as older and non-traditional students, wrote Marty Mickey, National Louis University’s Vice President of finance, in a Letter to the Editor published Nov. 8 by the Chicago Sun-Times. Continue reading »

Chicago Sun-Times Spotlights NLU’s Pathways Program Highlights program's affordability, quality, jump in applications

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. Continue reading »

Chronicle of Philanthropy Features Mary Bullock’s $2.5 Million Gift to NLU


The late Mary Bullock, who obtained degrees from NLU in 1954 and again in 1964, has donated $2.5 million to the university.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has featured the $2.5 million gift which Mary Bullock ’54 and ’64,  left to National Louis University.

A kindergarten teacher who walked to work even in howling winter weather, Bullock spent 40 years teaching in School District 45, based in Villa Park, Ill. She bequeathed the gift to NLU’s National College of Education, which will use it as an endowed scholarship fund to support scholarships for early childhood educators. 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.

Chicago Tribune: NLU’s Lifelong Learning Institute Promotes Peer Learning


Topics in the news, Broadway musicals, presidents, great films and literature  are all subjects which members of National Louis University’s Lifelong Learning Institute discuss and learn about, wrote Mike Isaacs in the Chicago Tribune’s Skokie Review newspaper.

The article, “Seniors, retirees expand learning opportunities through unique peer learning program in Skokie,” describes how one or two students coordinate and lead each class. In this “peer learning” or “shared inquiry” model,  the student leaders may read from newspapers or a text, and then spark a discussion on the topic. Continue reading »

MSN Money, 24/7 Wall St. Rank NLU #2 in Nation for Growth

Two national media outlets have named National Louis University one of the fastest growing universities in the nation in terms of student applications.

NLU reached the #2 ranking in the nation for growth in  student applications over a 10-year period. MSN Money and 24/7 Wall St., a financial news company, published the rankings, compiled from National Center for Education Statistics data. Continue reading »

Daily Herald, Journal-Topics Report On NLU Soccer Field, Park District Partnership Wheeling Park District soccer games will be played at NLU's campus

The Wheeling Park District needed more soccer fields, and National Louis University had an abundance of green space on its Wheeling campus.

Thus a partnership was born, as announced in the Daily Herald article “Wheeling Park District partnering with National Louis University to share facilities,” on Sept. 19, and the Journal-Topics article “National Louis, Park District Team Up to Serve Community” on Sept. 26.

Both papers quoted NLU president Nivine Megahed, Ph.D.

“Our beautiful campus has green space on the northeast side of the property, and the park district needs fields to meet the growing demand for soccer, so it was a natural partnership,” she said in the Daily Herald. Continue reading »

NLU Ranked In Top 20 Colleges Nationally for Non-Traditional Students by College Factual College Factual, which analyzes national college statistics, named NLU superior in category

Recognizing that students aged 24 and older fall outside the profile of the typical 18- to-24-year-old college student, rankings website College Factual has compiled a list of 988 colleges and universities nationally which are best for these returning students. College Factual ranked National Louis University in 19th place in the nation, behind Stanford University and just ahead of Cornell University.

According to the Fiscal Times, which reported on College Factual’s findings, the rankings website’s analysis considers factors such as demonstrable success after graduation, the percentage of students over age 24 and the availability of flexible learning. Continue reading »

NLU’s Cooper Discusses Test Anxiety in TEACH Magazine

Anxiety among students isn’t always a bad thing, write Meagan Gillmore in TEACH magazine, quoting National Louis University’s Jennifer M. Cooper, Ph.D.

Gilmore wrote: “‘Anxiety, in proper amounts, helps increase concentration, memorization and motivation,’ says Jennifer M. Cooper, an assistant professor in school psychology at National Louis University in Illinois. “’Anxiety is really designed to prevent harm,’” she says. ‘Trouble arises when anxiety interferes with a person’s ability to function. Students may not be able to avoid stress, but they need to learn how to manage it.'” Continue reading »

NLU’s Warsi Advises on Teaching Refugee Children She offers tips to magazine of National Association for the Education of the Young Child

Refugee children may have experienced trauma and lived in war zones, and it’s important for teachers of young children to be aware of this, wrote National Louis University’s Sadia Warsi, Ph.D., associate professor in National College of Education’s Special Education program.

Her article appeared in Teaching Young Children, the publication of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Continue reading »