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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 »

ICE Learning Technologies Conference Crystallizes NLU Audiences Intense planning led to a great EdTech conference experience

Ayn Keneman, Ed.D., Doug Van Dyke, Tori Alland, Mia Gutsell and Angela Elkordy, Ph.D., made a presentation at the ICE conference.

Faculty, students and staff of National Louis University spent weeks preparing for the Illinois Computing Educators conference last week, and it paid off in a successful presentation by three students, an informal faculty meetup with prospective students and a welcome table crowded with both interested prospective students and alums who wanted to talk about their wonderful NLU faculty.

“What made the conference stand out for NLU was that we did a lot of coordination before we went,” said Angela Elkordy, Ph.D.,  chair of the newly formed Learning Sciences program, which offers M.Ed. and Ed.S. Degrees in Learning Sciences with a concentration in Learning Technologies. Continue reading »

Braven At NLU Prepares Students To Get Degree-Worthy Jobs Program Gets Sophomores Thinking Seriously About Careers

On a recent Wednesday evening, seven students in a National Louis University classroom were scanning resumes of job candidates posted on the whiteboard. The students, all from the Pathways at NLU program, scribbled the positives and negatives of each candidate on sticky notes. Two adult volunteers, both working professionals, guided them through an exercise in which the students had to act as hiring managers, deciding which of the fictitious job candidates to contact for an interview. Continue reading »

Taking Children to Holiday Parties? Make Magic, Not Meltdowns NLU Faculty Offer Tips to Help Parents, Hosts

Jennifer Klapatch Totsch, Ph.D., offers suggestions to keep kids, parents and hosts happy at holiday parties.

Seeing babies, toddlers and children at holiday gatherings and family parties can be delightful—until they start crying or acting out, which can deflate holiday cheer quicker than the Grinch.

With a little planning and resourcefulness, National Louis University faculty Jennifer Klapatch Totsch, Ph.D., says you can help the little ones, as well as the grandparents and uncles, enjoy the party and make wonderful memories. Continue reading »

NLU Writers Gather to Hear Celebrities, See Names In Print M.S. in Written Communication Program Hosts MOSAIC party

 

From left, Nate Herman, Dawn Turner, Laurie Lawlor and Rick Kogan sit on a panel discussing the writing life.

As students and alumni of NLU’s M.S. in Written Communication program listened to a panel of celebrity writers at the program’s annual MOSAIC party Oct. 23, emcee Marjie Killeen asked the panel a question that almost had them at a loss for words.

Almost, but not quite. Continue reading »