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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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NLU’s Dr. Megahed in Sun-Times: Lower Tuition Avoids Student Loan Debt Students can avoid huge loans with Pathways tuition at the $10,000 per year mark

National Louis University president Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., became concerned after reading a Chicago Sun-Times special report about recent college graduates weighed down by as much as $140,000 in student loan debt. She offered her response in an op-ed essay to the newspaper. Continue reading »

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 »

Crain’s Names NLU President ‘Notable Woman in Education’ President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D. included in inaugural year of the award

Crain’s Chicago Business has honored National Louis University President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., by including her in Crain’s Custom Media’s Notable Women in Education section.

The 17 elite educators named as notable in the inaugural year of the award include a power group of women in Chicago-area colleges and universities. College presidents, deans, researchers and provosts make up the group. Continue reading »

Sun-Times, Kenosha News Publish Price’s Letter: Preventing Gun Violence Counselors, Police, Job Agencies Can Help Support Troubled Students, Per Todd Price

Students were walking out of their high schools to call for safety on March 14, and National Louis University’s Todd Alan Price, Ph.D., went to a school near his home to check out what was happening.

Price, professor in NLU’s National College of Education, wrote up his thoughts about the event, which was a reaction to the school shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Both the Chicago Sun-Times and Kenosha News published his letter. Continue reading »