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ABC, CBS News Feature NLU Veterans, Criminal Justice Programs Veterans program director Dixon received state award; program director Schak offered analysis in criminal case

Stacey Dixon, National Louis University.

Stacey Dixon, Ed.D., serves as director of veteran student support services at National Louis University.

National Louis University experts were featured by television news shows this past weekend. One discussed veterans and Veterans Day while the other provided expert analysis on a criminal case. Continue reading »

Diversifying Chicago’s Teachers: Chalkbeat Quotes Muller NCE dean offers thoughts on getting more teachers of color into classrooms, a nonprofit news organization focusing on education, recently quoted Robert D. Muller, dean of National Louis University’s National College of Education in a Nov. 2 article titled “In one Chicago high school, big plans amid a bilingual teacher shortage” and a Nov. 5 article titled    “Beyond hiring: the struggle to diversify Chicago’s teaching ranks.”

Reporter Adeshina Emanuel asked Muller for his thoughts on the fact that the Chicago Public Schools and other districts are having trouble hiring and retaining African-American and Latino teachers, leaving students of color largely without role models.

Read the Nov. 2 article here.

Read the Nov. 5 article here. 

Daily Herald Explores NLU Prof’s Book on Surviving Domestic Violence Columnist Burt Constable interviewed Elizabeth Schaefer, M.S. in Written Communication faculty member

It was only too easy for National Louis University’s Elizabeth Schaefer to find other victims of domestic violence to interview, Daily Herald columnist Burt Constable wrote in “I want to help women in those situations: Domestic violence author also a survivor” on Oct. 25.

Constable provided an overview of how Schaefer, an assistant professor in NLU’s M.S. in Written Communication program, experienced domestic violence herself as a young, pregnant wife. After surviving the experience, leaving the abuser and getting divorced, she felt a desire to help other survivors. That led to interviewing 31 other women, all survivors of domestic violence, for her book “Women are With You,” published by Books On a Whim.

She posted flyers asking domestic violence victims to contact her to tell their stories, and women responded, Constable wrote. Many of them cried and shook when telling their stories, which Schaefer reported as oral histories. They also talked about a time when abuse tends to dangerously escalate. 

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Schaefer said she hopes the book will help people recognize red flags in a relationship before they lead to emotional, psychological or physical abuse.

View Burt Constable’s Daily Herald column on NLU’s Elizabeth Schaefer here.

Learn more about NLU’s M.S. in Written Communication degree program.

Wallethub Features NLU’s Bouchey Advising Small Businesses The financial-information website tapped into Bettyjo's counsel on credit cards

What should a small business entrepreneur look for in a credit card?, a well-known website dedicated to making financial decisions around credit, asked that of National Louis University’s Bettyjo Bouchey, Ed.D., associate dean and associate professor in the College of Professional Studies and Advancement and director of online academics. Continue reading »

Sun-Times Features NLU President, Colleges’ Pledge of Assistance 25 colleges plan to improve graduation rates for disadvantaged students by 2025

The Chicago Sun-Times quoted National Louis University President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., in an article on 25 Chicago-area colleges and universities addressing the fact that working-class college students, particularly those who are African-American and Latino, have a much lower rate of graduating than their wealthier classmates. Continue reading »

Chalkbeat Features NLU Teacher Residency Program Student, professor and dean of education quoted

School districts face teacher shortages, yet job-seekers who are considering a  teaching career are sometimes surprised to learn they must commit to about two years of a master’s degree program to become eligible for those jobs.

The education publication Chalkbeat recently highlighted an alternative path of preparing teachers–teacher residency programs– in “With the alarm sounded statewide over shortages, Chicago forges ahead with a teacher experiment.” Continue reading »

CBS Chicago Quotes NLU’s Schak On Civilian Use of Force Criminal Justice program chair offered expert commentary on civilian use of force

During a traffic altercation recently, a suspect started shooting at a Cicero police officer. A bystander,  who is a civilian who holds a concealed carry permit, came to the officer’s aid by firing three shots at the suspect, striking him once.

CBS-TV Chicago reporters Brad Edwards and Mai Martinez reported the story, with Edwards interviewing Richard Schak, the chair of National Louis University’s B.A. in Criminal Justice program. Schak, a retired Chicago police sergeant, cited the Illinois Statute that permits citizens to defend themselves, or another, who is in immediate danger of great bodily harm. He also offered some thoughts on the incident.

See the story and video here.

Learn more about NLU’s B.A. in Criminal Justice program. 

WBEZ Radio Features NLU’s Mingo on ‘What My Students Taught Me’ Emotional story highlights need for teachers to respond quickly to students

In a moving, in-depth interview, WBEZ Radio has featured National Louis University’s Ericka Mingo, Ph.D., telling the lesson she learned from a remarkable NLU student.

WBEZ, which is the National Public Radio station in Chicago, included Mingo in its “What My Students Taught Me” series. It features teachers from kindergarten to college talking about that one student they can’t forget. Continue reading »

MSN Money Again Names NLU No. 2 Nationally For Growth It rated universities for rise in number of applications

For the second year in a row, MSN Money has reported that National Louis University ranks second in the nation among colleges and universities for its growth rate.

Specifically,, which originally created the article, looked at colleges in which the rate of applications rose from 2007 through 2017. It used data from the National Center for Education Statistics and ranked the colleges on the total percent increase in applications over the course of the decade. Continue reading »

Alum’s Story Goes Viral, Collects $4,000 For School Kids Kimber Bermudez '16 Keeps In Touch With NLU Prof, Relies on NLU Guidance

Donations and media mentions have continued to roll in for National Louis University alum Kimberly Bermudez ’16, who was featured in the Washington Post after she talked about the poverty of her first-grade students on a July 10 flight and fellow passengers started handing her cash.

Kimber, as she is known, has since seen her story appear on CNN, BBC, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, the New York Post, Daily Mail, Huffington Post UK,, Upworthy and radio stations and newspapers around the nation. Those outlets are in addition to the Washington Post, USA Today and the Today Show.

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