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Ray Legler


Assistant professor

Programs/Classes Taught:

BA: Psychology of Middle Childhood and Adolescence

      Lifespan Development

      Social Psychology

MA: Advanced Human Development

       Organizational Leadership

       Research Methods


PhD: Urban Politics

        Program Evaluation


Areas of Expertise:

community psychology, urban poverty, youth development, education policy, program evaluation, school-community partnerships


After completing graduate school, I worked at Northwestern University as the director of the School-Community Linkages Project. I then conducted education policy analyses and program evaluations at Learning Point Associates in Naperville. After that I became Director of Research and Evaluation at After School Matters in Chicago. Before coming to National Louis, I was a project director at DePaul University.


PhD., Community Psychology, Michigan State University

BA, Psychology, University of Illinois - Urbana

Research and Interests:

I am currently working to implement a project called Pathways to Success. This project is designed to support the transition of high school students to post-secondary education. This education may include community college, four-year college or university, or career/technical training. The overall goal of the project is to equip young people with the skills that they need to compete in our economy, obtain sustainable employment, and escape or avoid poverty.

The project works at two levels. At the first level, in collaboration with school staff, the project involves components designed to support students as they explore post-secondary opportunities, apply to post-secondary institutions, and make the transition from high school to college or career/technical education. Activities at this level include student visits to local colleges and universities, technical schools, businesses, and community-based organizations. The project also includes the development of support systems to help students with the college/technical school application process and practical issues such as financial aid, housing, and social support. At the second level, the project seeks to make long-term, sustainable changes to our system of support for students by building relationships between staff at high schools, local colleges and universities, career and technical/training schools, employers, and other community-based organizations. The project is working with the Bronzeville Community Action Council, King College Preparatory High School, and Dunbar Vocational Career Academy, and is supported by a grant from National Louis University.

Contact Information:



    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
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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
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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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