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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.

Students Start Businesses, Take Part in Startup Accelerator Residency

Happy Lee wants to start a business delivering organic, hydroponically-grown local produce to customers via an app.

Amiracle Harris also wants to deliver something to customers in her upcoming business: a monthly subscription box with products that encourage children 6-10 to become entrepreneurs.

Both of these National Louis University undergraduate Business students applied to and were accepted into Future Founders, which began in February. It  describes itself as “an innovative early-stage accelerator program that helps 18-to-30-year-olds go from side hustle to CEO through a series of interactive workshops covering the lean startup method.” Continue reading »

Celebrate Gender Empowerment Month at NLU

Throughout the month of April, National Louis University students, faculty and staff are welcome to join in community-wide events with exciting activities to grow your allyship, understand each other and be empowered by the experiences of others.

Gender Empowerment Month will bring speakers, workshops, and documentaries to campus. Throughout the month, the NLU community will be challenged to grow, engage in enriching discussions and help us celebrate our opportunity to be empowered. Events will take place in Chicago, Wheeling, Goose Island and Lisle. We will also be streaming several events online to allow everyone in our community to participate. Continue reading »

Need Some Stress Relief? Lace Up Your Shoes and Run By Gina Nunez, Associate Director, Office of Student Affairs

Gina Nunez

Gina Nunez posed before the Rock n’Roll half marathon in July 2018.

“What do you do when you’re stressed?” Some people like to color, some people meditate, and some like to just keep to themselves. I like to run.

Running has become my stress relief. I serve as the Conduct Officer and Title IX Investigator for the University, so I see some pretty heavy issues in my daily work. Leaving work at work isn’t always easy, especially when people trust you with their very personal experiences. When I’m definitely feeling under pressure, I run (not away from my problem) to gain clarity and when I’m done, I feel prepared to tackle the issue with renewed energy and a fresh perspective. Continue reading »

NLU Among Top 50 Universities for Non-Traditional Students College Factual again ranks NLU highly for adult and returning students

Mentioning the term “college student” in conversation used to conjure up a distinct image for many people:  an 18-21-year-old upper- or upper-middle-class student.

That’s rapidly changing as the number of non-traditional students rises dramatically and now rivals the percentage of 18-21-year-olds. Today’s college students may just as likely be in their later 20s, or 30s or 40s, trying to earn degrees after years of not being able to afford tuition. Or perhaps they raised children, started careers or amassed a patchwork of college credits but never graduated.

In addition to these adult students, non-traditionals may be military veterans or young lower-income people of color, who are overcoming financial barriers to earning college degrees.

NLU Ranks 26th out of 1,159

National Louis University has been at the forefront of accommodating non-traditional students through its flexible evening and weekend scheduling, online and blended classes, affordable tuition, financial aid programs and advising for adult transfer, returning and first-time students.

College Factual, an informational website which accrues and reports data on universities, has ranked National Louis No. 26 out of 1,159 colleges and universities it analyzed on factors helpful for non-traditional students. That places NLU in the top 5 percent of schools in the nation in College Factual’s rankings, for the second year in a row.

Top 5 percent in Illinois

Similarly, NLU ranked second in Illinois, out of 49 colleges and universities, placing in the top 5 percent. College Factual said it based its rankings on degree completions as well as flexibility and financial attainability.

 

NLU Helps Launch Network to Prep Great Teachers for All Students NCE Dean Rob Muller a founding member of Illinois Ed Prep Impact Network

Five deans of Illinois colleges of education, including Robert D. Muller, Ed.D., of National Louis University’s National College of Education, have formed the Illinois Ed Prep Impact Network to ensure that every child has access to quality teachers.

The colleges will collaborate to elevate the teaching profession and improve teacher readiness. They collectively prepare 18 percent of the state’s new teachers, and they plan to invite more colleges of education to join them. Continue reading »

Kendall College Officially Joins National Louis University Read the special announcement posted on NLU website

 

National Louis University Announces the Completed Transfer of Kendall College’s Programs and Other Assets

Dear NLU Community,

I am pleased to announce that on August 6, 2018, Kendall College officially joined National Louis University, representing an extraordinary opportunity as two institutions who share a commitment to support students in their pursuit of meaningful professions and careers come together. Continue reading »

Kids, NLU Grad Students Benefit from Summer Reading Program M.Ed. students get real-world experience as Reading Specialists, reading teachers

You might have seen children, some as young as first grade,  showing up at some National Louis University campuses this summer. They’re on an important mission; improving their reading skills while giving NLU graduate students valuable practice in teaching literacy.

Several M.Ed.in Reading candidates, like Yuri Zepeda,  are tapping into everything they’ve learned in their master’s program so far to help these K-12 students improve their reading and writing. Because she’s earning the M. Ed. in Reading degree and getting this valuable real-world experience, Zepeda’s school district has promoted her from ELL teacher to Reading Specialist. Continue reading »

New Series Offers Beginning Teachers a Support System From Profs You can offer input to 'Advanced Practices for Early Career Teachers' in June 13 livestream Q&A

 

Dominic Belmonte.

Dominic Belmonte.

Standing in front of your own classroom for the first time has been compared to a high-wire act. National Louis University’s National College of Education wants to offer early career teachers support as you move forward in this journey.

NLU is launching the Advanced Practices for Early Career Teachers series to provide ongoing, structured mentoring and professional learning that’s specifically designed to meet your needs as a beginning educator. Continue reading »

Seven Critical Ways to Save Money as a College Student If you can stick to these tips, you’ll give yourself a financial head start after graduation

By India Cooley, Student Finance Representative

Let’s face it now rather than later. The workload alone in college is stressful enough, and when the financial component of college life is added to that, you as a student may experience high anxiety and feel overwhelmed. You will eventually land that dream job and all that stress will be a blur, but for now here are a few tips that will help prepare you for success. Continue reading »