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NLU Is Highlighted for The Continuing Effort in Supporting Prior Learning Assessment & Adult Learner Lifecycle

Joseph Levy, Executive Director of Assessment and Accreditation and Tracy Costello, Assistant Director of Prior Learning Assessment of NLU believe that adult students need to feel validated and know their experience and knowledge has value and worth. Consequently, they are taking the proper steps to ensure these students are acknowledged. In The EvoLLLution online newspaper, Levy and Costello’s discuss considerations for ensuring student success through PLA programs, while also highlighting example practices at NLU. Prior Learning Assessments (PLA) allow a student’s experiential learning to be evaluated for potential credit award while recognizing and validating the non-traditional learning they bring with them to college.  

Through trial and error and finding the right balance of support, Levy and Costello have developed effective PLA options for undergraduate and graduate students such as credit by exam, credit by portfolio, credit by licensure and certifications, and course by arrangement to support students’ whose experience surpasses the coursework needed for completion of certain courses within some programs. These assessments are described in detail in the article and more information can be found on NLU’s PLA website.

With student support in place, Levy and Costello also created outreach initiatives that support and encourage adult learners including a PLA video showcasing students of PLA, redesigning the NLU website to provide testimonials, and program specific information fact sheets to demonstrate the PLA process (e.g., undergraduate examples here). By doing so, these efforts educate and reinforce PLA programs to students, faculty and staff, and are excellent examples for other institutions to consider. “At NLU, our institutional legacy is defined by its mindfulness in ensuring access to a diverse student body. With this in mind, we have made it our mission to provide equitable PLA opportunities for all students, supporting their unique individual backgrounds” state the innovative creators Levy and Costello. Read the article in The EvoLLLution online newspaper and learn more about NLU’s PLA services at https://www.nl.edu/pla/.

These results, as well as other workshops from various adult education groups will be discussed at the CAEL (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning) Conference “Plug in: Energize Adults Pathways to Success” at the Palmer House on Wednesday, November 6 to help support and promote the continuing efforts for PLA options for adults in and around the Chicagoland area. NLU is sponsoring the event, and the conference is opened to anyone would like to attend. More information can be found here.

Voting on National Louis University Campus Up in 2018

National Louis University, along with 1,000 other institutions, participated in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) through the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education. The study provides reports to participating colleges and universities, like NLU, which use them to support political learning and civic engagement, as well as to identify and address gaps in political and civic participation. National Louis University reported that student voting on campus was up in last year’s election, increasing to 47.9 percent in 2018 from a rate of 39.1 percent in 2014. The full campus report can be viewed here.

The report is part of the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, or NSLVE, conducted by the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life. The study shows that nationwide,the voting rates at participating college campuses doubled on average compared to the previous 2014 midterm. In 2018, the Average Institutional Voting Rate (AIVR) among campuses in the study was 39.1 percent, nearly 20 percentage points higher than 2014’s average turnout rate of 19.7 percent. Turnout increases were widespread, with virtually all campuses seeing an increase over 2014.

This report is vital to NLU, indicating an increase in the dedication and engagement of the political sphere by our students. The report provides NLU administrators the data review to implement innovative ways to engage students on a deeper, larger level. National Louis University is committed to educate, promote, and support students’ engagement and commitment to vote. To learn more about this study and other NLU civic engagement within the community, visit the NLU Civic Engagement Center.

Sun-Times: Argosy Students Will Graduate from National Louis University

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. Continue reading »

WBBM/CBS Radio: Argosy Students Will Walk In NLU Commencement

WBBM Newsradio broadcast a segment that told the story of students who were stranded when Argosy University closed in March, how National Louis University welcomed them and how 33 of them will don caps and gowns to walk n NLU’s Commencement ceremony Saturday.

Reporter Nancy Harty of the CBS station interviewed two students. Kevin Davis, a Psy.D. student, explained that students have “made up the rest of that lost semester thanks to NLU administrators moving at lightning speed.” Continue reading »

Legislators Made ‘Positive Steps’ for Teachers: Chalkbeat Quotes NLU

As the Illinois legislature wrapped up its session recently, it passed some bills intended to help the state alleviate its teacher shortage. The education news magazine Chalkbeat asked National Louis University’s National College of Education for its take on the legislature’s actions.

In the magazine’s article, “A good start: There could be some changes coming for Illinois teachers,” Chalkbeat reporter Yana Kunichoff quoted Pamela Jessee, director of accreditation for NCE and NLU. Jessee felt that while legislators made positive steps, they would not be enough to attract more people into the teaching field. She was particularly concerned about the lack of respect teachers receive. Continue reading »

Dean Rob Muller Quoted On Solving Illinois’ Teacher Shortage

Illinois will close out the school year with a shortage of 1,000 teachers, and the state legislature and the recently-appointed state schools superintendent, Carmen Ayala, are considering how to remedy the shortage, wrote reporter Yana Kunichoff in Chalkbeat. 

She quoted Robert D. Muller, dean of National Louis University’s National College of Education, commenting on the fact that teacher educators have been wrestling for years with factors which have led to the shortage.

The article discusses various proposals which have been made, from mandating a minimum salary for teachers statewide to providing payment for student teachers. Muller observed that legislators, who tend to be focused on what’s good for their districts, can reframe their perspectives for what’s good for the entire state, education-wise.

Kunichoff wrote:

“As the new state board takes an in-depth look at the crisis and as legislative proposals continue to wind their way through Springfield, Muller muses about what he would tell anyone considering a career in the classroom.

“If you want to give back to your community and make a substantive contribution, what better way than teaching?” he said. “Seasoned educators who are passionate about what they do have the ability to change lives.”

Read the Chalkbeat article here.

Learn more about undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs at National Louis University’s National College of Education.

Kendall’s ‘Mary Poppins’ Makes Magic: First Place and Forbes Writeup Students beat 10 professional teams to win Chicago Flower and Garden Show's crowd favorite award

When five Kendall College at National Louis University students started brainstorming how to create a tablescape/landscape display for the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, the magic started early in the process and kept on going.

Their “Mary Poppins”-themed display won first place in the Flower Show’s Text to Vote competition, becoming the crowd favorite of the 40,000 attendees. It beat 11 other contestants–including 10 professional companies which design weddings and corporate events. It also enchanted Chicago writer Megy Karedes, who included it in her Forbes magazine column about the creativity of the tablescapes. Continue reading »

ABC7 Shares Kendall Student’s Dream, Trotter Scholarship Segment featuring Rochelle Trotter, Kendall student Brande Gilbert will be shown on-air on March 2

Brande Gilbert, a student at Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at National Louis University, received a scholarship from the Charles and Rochelle Trotter Endowment. She appeared with Rochelle Trotter on ABC7’s Heart and Soul show.

It’s hard to overestimate chef Charlie Trotter’s influence on the Chicago, national and even international restaurant and food scenes. After his untimely passing in 2013, the New York Times declared he had “remade the culinary landscape.” 

That makes it a great honor for Brande Gilbert, a student at Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at National Louis University, to receive a scholarship from the Charles and Rochelle Trotter Endowment. Continue reading »

How to Get Rid of Garlic Smell? Kendall Faculty Give Tips to Magazine TheTakeout.com consulted Kendall College chef instructors on how to spiff up

The editors at TheTakeout.com, a popular national food blog, celebrated Garlic Week recently by exploring garlic bread, garlic beef, garlic knots and…you get the idea.

By the end of the week, they had a burning question:  if you’ve been cooking with, um, odorous foods like garlic or fish, how do you get the smell off your hands? Continue reading »