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President Megahed Special Announcement

National Louis University announces agreement with Kendall College and Laureate Education, Inc. to transfer Kendall's current programs to NLU, contingent on regulatory approvals.

Dear NLU Community,

On behalf of National Louis University (NLU), I am pleased to announce that the boards of both NLU and Kendall College, with the additional agreement of Kendall’s parent company, Laureate Education, Inc., have agreed to transfer all of Kendall College’s current programs to NLU.

This agreement is contingent on satisfactory regulatory approvals, including that of the U.S. Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission, whose decision is expected the latter half of this year, but possibly as soon as the summer.

National Louis University carefully reviewed this opportunity, and determined that the transfer of Kendall programs was strategically aligned with our commitment to expand our portfolio of programs to better serve all students. More information about the  agreement is available in this joint press release.

Upon approval, 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, including three that are new to NLU -- culinary arts, baking & pastry and hospitality management.

When the agreement receives all regulatory approvals, NLU students will see more opportunity -- and some construction. Kendall and Laureate will provide financial support for NLU to create state-of-the-art facilities including kitchens, a dining room, hospitality and culinary innovation space and classrooms on its flagship Michigan Avenue campus.

The NLU community will be growing as it will be joined by additional strong programs, accomplished faculty and staff, and talented students. Kendall has a well-known reputation of excellence, particularly in the culinary arts and hospitality industries. Kendall College is ranked #1 among Chicago leading hotels and Michelin Guide Restaurants for preparing students for careers in culinary arts and hospitality management industries. U.S. News & World Report’s ranked Kendall as the most international and ethnically diverse college in the Midwest in 2017, and FSR Magazine also recognized the college as one of the top 22 culinary schools in the nation.

I hope you will share my enthusiasm, as we welcome new programs and people to NLU, and provide additional opportunities for all our students.  

Nivine Megahed, Ph.D.


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