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Kendall Transition

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

National Louis University (NLU) received approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the U.S. Department of Education to transfer Kendall College’s programs and other assets from Laureate Education, Inc. (Nasdaq: LAUR).

The transition of five of Kendall College’s degree programs -- baking & pastry, business, culinary arts, early childhood education, and hospitality management, plus Kendall College’s general education program -- to NLU officially occurred today.

“Chicago is home to a premier culinary and hospitality industry that is thriving,” said Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., NLU president. “With the approval and closing of the transfer agreement, National Louis will prepare students to enter this vital sector of the economy and will serve as a talent pipeline for ongoing economic growth. NLU is looking forward to preserving the legacy of Kendall College’s well-known programs and building on its premier reputation, while also offering more degree programs that will provide students with additional career options.”

Last January NLU announced the transfer agreement, pending regulatory approval. As part of this agreement, Kendall and Laureate are providing financial support for NLU to create facilities in the thriving downtown hospitality corridor. Kendall prepares students for careers in the culinary, hospitality, business and early childhood education fields, and is ranked as a top culinary and hospitality school in the nation.

NLU has created a fourth college within the University, known as the Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at NLU. Leigh Uhlir will continue to serve as the program director for these programs.

Approximately 800 students from Kendall will transfer to NLU, which serves more than 7,400 students per year on its six campuses in Illinois and Florida. Students will have access to both NLU’s programs that focus on teacher preparation, business management, health and human services and social and behavioral sciences as well as Kendall’s programs.

Programs previously provided by Kendall will be relocated to NLU locations. The business program will move immediately to the NLU Chicago campus and its early childhood education program will continue online, while courses in the hospitality, baking and culinary programs will remain on the Goose Island campus until NLU’s renovations are completed, which is expected in summer 2019.

National Louis also recently received approval from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to offer their Early Childhood Education program fully online. NLU will be the only provider of a fully online ECE program in Illinois.

“Laureate is pleased to have found a future home for Kendall College’s programs and its current students,” said Laureate CEO Eilif Serck-Hanssen. “We are proud to have advanced Kendall’s rich legacy while it was part of Laureate’s network and to have been part of this unique arrangement that ensures its programs continue to thrive within such a quality institution as National Louis University. We wish NLU, its students and Kendall’s alumni continued success.”

“As an alumnus of Kendall College, it makes me very happy to see the tradition of great education continuing through National Louis University,” said Bill Kim, urbanbelly Restaurants. “Kendall gave me the foundation to succeed in the hospitality business, and I am thankful for all of the hardworking faculty and students that continue to make the school one of the premiere culinary academies in the country.”

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    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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  • ELGIN

    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
    (888) 658.8632
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  • NORTH SHORE

    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
    (888) 658.8632
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  • LISLE

    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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  • WHEELING

    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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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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