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Kathleen Gorski, Ed.D.


Higher Education Leadership Adjunct Faculty

Programs/Classes Taught:

Higher Education Leadership Program

HED600 Higher Education in the United States

HED626 Legal Issues in Higher Education

Areas of Expertise:

Assessment of Student Learning

Program Review

Institutional Effectiveness


Kathleen Gorski joined NLU in 2012 as an adjunct faculty member after nearly 20 years working in higher education in Illinois. Past experiences include working at Concordia University in River Forest, in the Office of Admissions; The University of Illinois in Urbana, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, and National Louis University in the Office of Teaching and Learning.  She currently serves as the Dean of Outcomes, Curriculum and Program Development at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove.

She is passionate about access, student learning and success. She loves teaching, learning, collaborating and sharing best practices with the higher education community.  She has presented professionally at multiple conferences including: The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), The Association for Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE), The Assessment Institute, IMS Global Learning Impact Leadership Institute, and The Mid-Western Educational Research Association (MWERA).  In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for The Association for the Assessment of Learning (AALHE) and The Chicago Area Assessment Group (CAAG) 

In her leisure, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, gardening, running, swimming and occasionally binge watching television programs.


B.A. Communications, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana

M.ED Educational Administration, University of Illinois, Urbana Illinois

ED.D. Educational Leadership, Argosy University, Schaumburg, Illinois

Research and Interests:

Student Success

The Assessment of Student Learning

Program Review

Institutional Effectiveness

Contact Information:

Kathleen Gorski


    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
    (888) 658.8632
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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
    (888) 658.8632
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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 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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