Constitution Day 2016

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Interactive Constitution

Can't decipher all the jargon in the U.S. Constitution? Use this Interactive Constitution to get clear explanations from Dr. Linda Monk, a constitutional scholar, journalist, and award winning author, and the Annenberg Classroom, presented by the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

Byrd Amendment

In 2004, Congress passed an amendment proposed by Senator Robert Byrd that requires educational institutions that receive federal funding to teach the Constitution on September 17. This day is designated as the day for citizens to commemorate the signing of the Constitution and learn more about our founding document.

Educators, register here for your school or classroom to take the 2016 Preamble Challenge in order to celebrate Constitution Day on September 17, 2016 and fulfill your Byrd Amendment requirements. You'll receive a free Preamble Challenge Teacher Toolkit to host your own Preamble activity in your classroom!

Current Constitutional Cases

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (2013/2016) - The Supreme Court is considering whether the University of Texas at Austin's consideration of race in undergraduate admissions is constitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This is the second challenge by Fisher regarding UT Austin's admissions policy, who argues that she was denied admission to UT Austin because she is white.

According to UT Austin, the year that Fisher applied (2008) was an extremely competitive year. The school automatically offered admission to students in the top 10% of their high school graduating class. Fisher did not finish in the top 10% of her high school class, and was left to compete for the 841 spots remaining for students not in the top 10% of their class. 

Should race be a considering factor in the admissions process? Do you think that colleges and universities should actively work to create a diverse population on their campuses?


United States v. Texas (2016) - This is a pending U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the constitutionality of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) progam, which grants deferred action to illegal immigrants who are the parents of a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident. Under DAPA, illegal immigrants who are parents of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident could have their deportation delayed indefinitely by the executive branch of government. The DAPA program has been challenged in federal court by 26 states.

Is the DAPA program constitutional? Should parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents be separated from their children because of their illegal immigration status? Why do you think so many states have challenged the DAPA program?


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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    NLU has a proud history of serving graduate students in southeastern Wisconsin. We currently offer all Wisconsin residents online programs in non-licensure education as well as a variety of business-related degrees.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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