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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 »

NLU’s Pluymert Offers Insight on National NBC News She gave viewers perspective on a case in which teachers dragged a 7-year-old with autism

National Louis University’s Katalin (Kathy) Pluymert appeared on the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt Aug. 15 to offer insight on an Ohio case in which a teacher and teacher aide at an Ohio school forcibly carried a 7-year-old boy on the autism spectrum who had been acting out on the playground. The incident was caught on the school’s video, and shows the two teachers carrying the boy by his hands and feet, then later dragging him by the ankles into the principal’s office.

Among other comments on the national news show, Pluymert told a reporter about the need to deescalate the situation and keep the child and others safe. Continue reading »

Kane County Chronicle Profiles NLU’s Doyle, Human Services Management Program Program will prepare human services pros who get promoted into management

The Kane County Chronicle’s July 5 profile of National Louis University’s Mark Doyle focuses on his leadership of the Human Services Management program, which is launching in early September.

Doyle has worked as a professional, manager and consultant in the Human Services field for nearly 40 years. He said many professionals, such as counselors, get promoted into management and flounder because they have never learned management skills such as putting together a budget, working with Human Resources, courting funders and stakeholders or speaking to the media.

In the article, Doyle explained NLU’s Human Services Management program will train and educate those professionals to become better leaders and stewards of human services agencies, whether they be nonprofits, government agencies or something else.

Doyle has lived in St. Charles, within Kane County, for 24 years. National Louis University’s Elgin campus is also located in Kane County.

See the Kane County Chronicle article here. 

Sun-Times Highlights Ph.D. Student’s Art Therapy: Dolls4Peace Addresses Grief Rochele Royster helped students at 55 CPS schools process violence by making 1,409 dolls to honor gun victims


When National Louis University doctoral student Rochelle Royster helped open an art exhibit of hand-created dolls meant to commemorate victims of Chicago gun violence on June 10, the Chicago Sun-Times was there to cover it.

The article “Dolls Commemorate Lives Lost to Gun Violence,” by Mitch Dudek, described the 1,409 dolls, so far, mounted on a wall of the Hyde Park Art Center. Royster, a Chicago Public Schools special education teacher and art therapist as well as student in NLU’s Community Psychology Ph.D. program, enlisted the help of people at 55 CPS schools and five universities to hand-make each one. She explained the process of making them was therapeutic for people living in violence-wracked communities. Continue reading »

Daily Herald: Students Sign To Become Teachers, Enter NLU-District 214 Partnership D214 high school students can get college credit from NLU

In a ceremony Thursday, 110 High School District 214 students signed letters of intent to participate in Educator Prep, a partnership the high school district has with National Louis University, according to a Daily Herald article by reporter Doug Graham. 

The letters indicate the students’ interest in entering the teaching profession. District 214, which has nine schools in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs, will provide opportunities for them to take education classes and student teach, and some of those classes will count for college credit at National Louis University. Continue reading »

NLU’s San Filippo on ‘Law Enforcement Today’ Show Speaks about support for Wounded Officers

NLU’s David San Filippo, Ph.D., has a daughter who chose law enforcement as a career, and that inspired him to work with the Wounded Officers Initiative, which supports law enforcement officers who have been injured.

San Filippo, chair of the Health Studies Programs in NLU’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement and a licensed mental health counselor, volunteers as clinical director of the Wounded Officers Initiative’s Blue Line Support program. Continue reading »