Colleges, universities highlight programs that set them apart

Area schools
participating in this guide share news
of their
programs and achievements.

University of Illinois at Chicago: Can your degree really change the world? Ask Sheila Vemmer.

She is a daughter. She was in the Navy. She will be an Urban Planner.

Sheila K. Vemmer comes from a large family of veterans. There was never any question that she would serve her country. After a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy, Sheila earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

She heard the call of duty again, but this time from the State Department. In her new career as a videographer, Sheila was sent to Afghanistan to tell the story of economic development in the war-torn country. When she returned stateside, she found her passion and continued her life’s work seeking to improve the human condition, maybe even to change the world.

That’s when she found UIC’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA). At CUPPA, we choose to serve the public good. Our faculty, staff and students have heeded the call to make the city, state, nation, and the world a better place by using research and policy development, debate, and intellectual curiosity entrenched in scientific investigation.

By offering innovative academic programs and fostering engaged, interdisciplinary research, CUPPA attracts the most promising students, the most inspirational faculty, and the most dynamic researchers. Scholarship and public service are inseparable partners in pursuit of the public good and the enhancement of the human condition.

Degrees include urban planning, public administration, policy, and urban studies. Find out more about Sheila and CUPPA at

Purdue University Calumet: Ranked nationally as a “Best Value” for executive education by Fortune Magazine, the MBA for Executives (MBAE) is an 18-month program designed for a distinctive mix of executives, entrepreneurs, and business professionals. The program, which leads to the award of the prestigious Purdue MBA, is housed at Purdue University Calumet. The campus is located just 30 miles from downtown Chicago. For veterans looking to go back to school, this campus is your premier choice.

The MBAE program is structured in six 10-week modules, with Saturday classes only. Our curriculum highlights Purdue’s traditional quantitative strength, but also includes other topics critical to today’s business success such as International Business, Ethics, Leadership, and Risk Management. In recognition of the growing importance of globalization, the program also features an international business practicum in the form of a weeklong study abroad.

A unique aspect of the MBAE program is the cohort approach. This model creates a unified learning community of goal-oriented highly skilled professionals with varying backgrounds. The cohort acts as a close-knit cooperative network of individuals during the program, fostering teamwork development and shared learning.

Students pay an all-inclusive program fee, which includes study abroad, iPad, all textbooks, tuition, and meals. Upon the successful completion of the program, MBAE graduates receive the MBA diploma from Purdue University, a name with an established international recognition.

Northeastern Illinois University: With three Chicago locations and classes in Lake County, Illinois, Northeastern is a fully accredited public university offering more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs, including several new additions:

B.A. in Global Studies

B.A. in Latino and Latin-American Studies

M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education

Minor in Child Advocacy Studies

Minor in Communication

Minor in Environmental Studies

Minor in Geography

Minor in Journalism

Minor in LGBTQ Studies

We’ve been busy building too. Along with the renovations of science labs in Bernard J. Brommel Hall on our main campus and the Donn F. Bailey Legacy Hall at Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, Northeastern is constructing a new, permanent home for our El Centro Campus. The modern, 55,000-square foot space will open in time for the start of the fall 2014 semester.

For more information, visit

Governors State University: Academic excellence and innovation are natural partners. At Governors State University, you’ll find an abundance of both.

GSU is expert at serving students seeking the opportunities afforded to them by earning a bachelor’s degree or enhancing their qualifications with a certificate or graduate degree. Adults returning to school after service in the military or years busy with work and family obligations seek education options that fit their needs, and GSU has them.

Enroll in our first freshman class and complete your first two years of general education courses in an innovative program that stresses student achievement through small classes and themed areas of study.

Join the Dual Degree Program as a student in one of our community college partners and secure GSU advising services and low tuition rate while you earn your associate degree. When you come to GSU as a junior, you will be on your way to graduating with a bachelor’s without wasting time or money.

If you already have an undergraduate degree, consider the next step and earn a graduate degree or certificate. GSU has 28 master’s degree programs, five doctoral programs and 23 certificate programs – each one designed to qualify you for a brighter future with the skills and tools you need.

All our programs are taught by professors who work with both undergraduates and graduates as research team members. There are many ways to enhance your options at GSU. Learn more. Go to or call (708) 534-4490. It is never too late to start on your future.

Northwestern University: The Master of Science in Health Communication is a unique program that prepares students to solve important problems in healthcare by applying concepts and methods from the communication arts and sciences. The program takes an innovative approach—bringing together the science of social influence with the science of human centered design.

Program advantages:

Leadership — Our program prepares you to be a leader who can:

Improve the quality and safety of healthcare

Improve the health of populations

Reduce the cost of care

Focus — The one-year, Saturday class structure and convenient downtown Chicago location allows you to integrate your studies with your existing personal and professional priorities.

Network — From the moment you enroll, you will become a part of a global Northwestern network of experts across every conceivable industry. You’ll develop close connections that will enrich you personally and professionally.

Join us for an in-person or online event where you’ll have the opportunity to:

Hear how the Northwestern MS in Health Communication can advance your career through its innovative curriculum led by world-class faculty

Get details and tips about the application process so you can start your program in 2014.

Register for the March 29 Open House at

Register for an online info session at

We are currently accepting applications for fall admission. Scholarships are available. Apply early for priority scholarship consideration. Not sure if the MS in Health Communication is right for you?

Website:; call: (312) 503-2811; email:

Northwestern University: Build outstanding management skills and a robust network of industry contacts by earning a Master of Science in Leadership for Creative Enterprises.

The one-year program helps students to develop the management skills and professional networks necessary to become leaders in the visual, performing, and interactive arts.

Specialized management courses prepare you to lead creative people, projects, and organizations

Unique professional development opportunities allow you to build industry contacts

Personalized mentoring with industry leaders

Networking treks to visit creative industries in LA, NY, and Silicon Valley

Earmarked internships that provide real world experience

We are now accepting applications for fall 2014, and generous merit-based scholarships are available.

To learn more about the MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises:

Visit our website:; email:; call: 847-467-7117.

National Louis University: The university understands that transitioning from military to civilian life and into a career presents many opportunities and challenges. We are dedicated to helping make this stage of your life seamless. NLU offers exceptional services and support for active and veteran students, their families and dependents, including:

Credit hours for military experience

Generous military discounts on tuition

Dedicated financial aid contact to assist with applying for tuition benefits

A Student Veterans of America Chapter

Advisory Committee of 21 professionals with varying military backgrounds

Employer Outreach Specialist to help connect students with work opportunities

Additional services include career services, mental/health/social services, curriculum advising, legal services and many more.

National Louis University is Chicago’s original adult-focused university, proudly providing excellence in education for more than 125 years. NLU offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business, counseling and psychology, education, human services and health care management. Many programs are offered online, on campus, days or evenings for maximum flexibility. And, NLU has five convenient Chicago-area campuses including Elgin, Wheeling, Lisle, Skokie and downtown Chicago.

Whether you are looking to start or advance your civilian career, NLU has a program for you. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist to help you select the degree path that fits your interest and professional goals. Call 888-419-3784 or visit today.

East-West University: A free bachelor’s degree and more is on offer as East-West University is reintroducing the East-West Challenge. Anyone who meets EWU’s admissions requirements and doesn’t already have a bachelor’s degree can take a brief quiz online and potentially win a 100 percent, four-year scholarship. Any U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident is eligible to win. Participants must take the quiz between now and 12:00 p.m. on April 4. A randomly selected winner will be notified later that day.

In addition to the full, free bachelor’s degree, second prize is a 75 percent four-year scholarship, and third prize is a 50 percent four-year scholarship. Two runners-up will receive a two-year textbook scholarship, which could be worth up to $1,500 per year.

East-West University is located in Chicago’s South Loop at 816 S. Michigan. It’s convenient to both the ‘L’ and Metra. EWU’s new state-of-the-art Student Life Center, with dorms, libraries, a gym and a full indoor basketball court, is the newest skyscraper to pop up in the South Loop.

The winners must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and full-time status throughout their four years at EWU to keep their scholarships. Other rules and restrictions apply. To read the full instructions and take the quiz, please go to

East-West University is a private, non-profit, non-denominational four-year university. East-West is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

South Suburban College: The community college based in South Holland is offering a new schedule of general education classes at its Oak Forest Center. The center is conveniently located near 167th and I-57, accessible from Kilbourn Avenue. The Oak Forest Center has primarily been used as the home for SSC’s Court Reporting and Paralegal career programs, along with the Emergency Medical Services program (in conjunction with Ingalls Hospital). The new schedule offers a wider variety of classes to enable both part-time and full-time students to take advantage of the alternate location.

The new Oak Forest Center class options include, but are not limited to: Accounting, Biology, Building Construction Technology, Business, Computer Information Sciences, English, Management Information Systems, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, and Speech.

General registration for the summer 2014 semester at SSC begins March 17. The summer semester is a great opportunity for high school graduates to get a head start on college credit. It is also an opportunity for students who attend a four-year college to “reverse transfer” and complete an affordable credit course near home.

New students should visit the Admissions Office in Room 2348 to complete the Application Form, or download it from and fax to (708) 225-5823 along with a current state issued ID to begin the enrollment process.

For more information about all of SSC’s programs, admissions and registration, please visit or contact the Admissions Office at (708) 210-5718. Registration Services are also available at the Oak Forest Center, 16333 S. Kilbourn or call 708-225-6000.