Indiana tuition programs and other area college news 

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The following are news items from schools participating in this education guide.

Adler School of Professional Psychology: At the Adler School of Professional Psychology, we believe it is possible to earn a living while also creating real change. Our vision is to train socially responsible graduates who meet the needs of individuals, as well as the communities, they serve. We have provided quality education through a scholar-practitioner model for more than 50 years.

In addition to courses in psychological theory and practice, students complete a range of required and elective courses that extend beyond traditional training. Our mission-driven curriculum has earned national and international recognition from professional organizations, individuals and employers around the world.

We offer:

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (child and adolescent psychology track)

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (military psychology track)

Doctoral concentrations are available in traumatic stress psychology, clinical neuropsychology, primary care psychology, marriage and family therapy, art therapy, organizational development and Adlerian psychotherapy.

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (specializations in rehabilitation counseling, sport and health psychology, and forensic psychology)

Master of Arts in Gerontological Counseling

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy

Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Counseling

Master of Arts in Counseling & Organizational Psychology

Master of Arts in Police Psychology

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology: online/hybrid format

Master of Arts in Criminology: online

Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology: online

With campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, Adler School students have the opportunity to study in diverse and innovative environments with accomplished faculty in their fields. We also offer flexible, 100 percent online program options – MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and MA in Criminology. Students receive a unique blend of theory and practice in class sizes averaging 12 students and through practicum experiences with more than 500 community partners.

Continue your academic journey with the Adler School of Professional Psychology. We are now accepting applications for our fall 2012 term and invite you to join us for our next event from 10 a.m. to noon May 3 at the Chicago campus.

Adler is at 17 N. Dearborn, Chicago; call (312) 662-4100 or visit

Benedictine University: Giant Pandas, Pivotal Strategies for the Education Leader: The Importance of Sun Tzu’s Art of War, Is Science Magic?

The books authored by Ovid Wong, Benedictine University professor of education — and there have been 26 of them — are as diverse the experiences he brings to the classroom.

But feeding the curiosity-seeker is what Wong strives to do.

“Sharing knowledge and laughter with people is the joy of my life,” Wong said. “The sharing comes in different sizes, shapes and forms, such as teaching, publication and research.”

At Benedictine University, Wong shares his knowledge with students seeking certification as teachers and with those who are interested in science, particularly biology, earth and space.

“Science method courses are my favorite,” he said. “The course integrates the best of two worlds — science and education.”

But teaching cannot be only about students learning for the here and now, Wong said.

“I encourage my students to be curious about learning, to become a lifelong learner,” he said. “As teachers, we must show to students that learning is real and interesting.”

Wong also shares the knowledge he acquires by mentoring students at Benedictine University.

“The ultimate student success goes beyond the academics, and this is where mentoring comes to life,” he said.

Meanwhile, Wong’s enthusiasm for learning is reflected in his books, his membership in professional organizations, his teaching, his relationships with students and his personal philosophy.

“I always tell my students, ‘Love what you do and you will not have to find another job in your life,’ ” he said.

BenU is at 5700 College Rd., Lisle; call (630) 829-6090 or visit

Kendall College: In tough financial times, many are returning to the classroom to expand their skills and pursue their passions. It’s a great time to add educational credentials to your resume, whether you want to advance in your current career or change your profession altogether.

Finding the time to fit education into an already busy lifestyle with family and work commitments can seem overwhelming. Responding to this challenge, Kendall College has designed combined online and weekend degree programs to accommodate the needs of the busy adult learner. These programs bring together the best of online and classroom learning so students can benefit from instructor and peer interaction, as well as the unparalleled flexibility of online coursework.

Students meet either one or two Saturdays a month at Kendall’s Chicago campus as they concurrently complete the rest of their coursework online. Research shows that many students benefit from, and prefer a combination of, the two methods of study.

This unique format is available to students who want to pursue their Bachelor of Arts in Business or a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management. These flexible programs offer the intense study and concentrations of Kendall’s traditional programs, as well as the experience of the same accomplished instructors leading the courses.

Kendall College is a member of Laureate International Universities, a global network of more than 55 institutions in 28 countries offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs to 675,000 students worldwide.

Summer classes start July 9.

For more information about Kendall’s programs, admissions process, transfer credits and study options, check out or call (888) 905-3632.

Indiana University Northwest: Illinois residents can now look across the state line at their higher education options without having to worry about paying out-of-state tuition. Academic programs in demand from Indiana University Northwest are now accessible to academically eligible Illinois residents thanks to the Illiana Merit Scholarship Program.

IUN is located just minutes from the Illinois-Indiana border and just one-half mile south of Interstate 80/94 on Broadway in Gary, Ind. The new scholarship is available for the upcoming 2012-13 academic year.

“This is an incredible value for Illinois residents,” said Linda Templeton, director of admissions. “IU Northwest offers a number of programs that simply aren’t available at nearby universities, at least not affordably. For many, IU Northwest is the preferred school for such programs as its AACSB-accredited business school or the dental hygiene program, as well as fine arts, social work and nursing, among others. Students who intend to enter a medical or professional school are attracted by IU Northwest’s pre-professional academic tracks.”

Past academic performance is the only eligibility requirement for the Illiana Merit Scholarship, which is available for undergraduate and graduate programs. Incoming freshmen as well as transfer students are invited to apply.

To be eligible, recent high school graduates must possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, along with a combined SAT score of 1,000 (critical reading plus math) or greater or an ACT composite score of at least 21. Transfer and graduate students must have maintained a 3.0 cumulative GPA from a baccalaureate institution.

The scholarship is renewable from year to year as long as the student maintains a 3.0 cumulative GPA and remains enrolled as a full-time student. Graduate students must maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA. Satisfactory progress toward the degree must be maintained.

Recipients of this scholarship essentially receive the difference between the Indiana resident rate and the nonresident rate. Based on the rates for the 2012-13 academic year, for example, the student would receive a scholarship with an estimated value of $10,851 per academic year. This figure is based on two terms at 15 credit hours each. Ordinarily, non-Indiana residents would pay $16,894 for two 15-credit- hour terms.

“Until now, a respected Indiana University degree may have been out of reach for many Illinois residents,” said David Malik, executive vice chancellor of academic affairs. “With this opportunity, IU Northwest is broadening the options for students, regardless of which side of the state line they call home.”

In addition to the IU Northwest Illiana Scholarship, applicants may qualify for additional federal and campus financial aid, as well as privately funded scholarships. Students are encouraged to complete the free application for federal student aid to facilitate additional funding.

Undergraduates who wish to apply may visit and click on “apply now.” For questions about eligibility or qualifications, or to obtain graduate program applications and contact information, please or call (888) 968-7486.

Purdue University Calumet: The following are 10 key facts about obtaining a Purdue University degree in Calumet.

1. Big enough, small enough, convenient enough. Nearly 10,000 students attend Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Ind. Our neighborhood campus is just off Interstate 80/94, three miles east of the Illinois-Indiana state line between Chicago and the Indiana Dunes.

2. Purdue Calumet graduates earn a world-respected Purdue degree. The same degree awarded at Purdue’s Big 10 sibling campus.

3. Student success is Purdue Calumet’s strategic cornerstone. We measure success by degree attainment. To help students graduate, we offer comprehensive resources, services and opportunities, plus faculty, advisors and support staff eager to help.

4. Experiential learning is distinctive. All undergraduate students enroll in two courses of structured experiential learning. Our program, one of the few nationally tied to graduation requirements, integrates traditional and applied learning in real-world environments. Students learn experientially by conducting scholarly research, partaking in internships, helping employers solve problems, studying abroad and more.

5. Purdue Calumet claims a diverse student body. Students of color comprise one-third of our enrollment.

6. Purdue Calumet appeals to prepared, motivated students. We offer an honors program complete with scholarships, full-tuition Chancellor’s Awards for valedictorians and salutatorians, and numerous other scholarships.

7. Purdue Calumet has national and international appeal. Our engineering program has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report. Ditto for our MBA for Executives program by Fortune magazine. More than 600 international students attend.

8. Purdue Calumet offers campus housing facilities that are not dorms. They are apartments — furnished suites featuring private bedrooms, semi-private bathroom(s), kitchen and living room.

9. Our faculty members are respected worldwide. Their fields include steel manufacturing technologies, high energy physics, water quality, radio frequency effects on human and bacterial gene activities, and international media.

10. Purdue Calumet has a growing athletics program. We field basketball, tennis, cross country, soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s golf squads. Coming soon: men’s baseball and women’s softball.

IUN is at 3400 Broadway in Gary, Ind.; call (888) 968-7486 or visit

South Suburban College: Established in 1927, South Suburban College is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college with a diverse annual student population of more than 16,000. Located in South Holland, SSC offers more than 50 career education and transfer programs awarding associate degrees, professional certifications and transferable credits. The college’s counselors work with students to develop an academic plan that will best help them to achieve all of their educational and career goals.

The college also has numerous community outreach programs including adult basic education, general education development, English as a second language, continuing education and much more. In addition, SSC’s Business & Career Institute provides training, testing, consulting, and economic and business development resources for the region.

SSC’s tuition rate is considerably lower than most public or private universities. The college also offers special rates for residents of Lake County, Ind. Full-time students can attend for just more than $3,000 a year within a short distance from home, saving thousands of dollars in additional room and board expenses. SSC’s financial aid office will work to maximize student aid and tuition waivers, and the SSC Foundation offers a wide range of scholarship opportunities for all students.

Summer class sessions begin June 4 and 11.

For more information, to schedule a tour or to get your college education started at South Suburban College, visit or contact the SSC admissions office at (708) 210-5718.

Westwood College: Getting in to college and making it through to graduation is only half the battle. Taking those new skills and turning them into a career is where the real work begins; it will lead to the big payoff.

Debbie Plemons, at Westwood College’s Chicago Loop campus, tells students that the moment they begin their first class, their focus should be on gaining the skills they need to start a career. This means soaking up as much experience in the classroom as possible as well as making industry contacts.

Westwood’s career services advisors help graduates get on the right track by helping them put together resumes, hone interview skills and get in touch with local businesses and agencies that are hiring. The college, which has four campuses in the Chicago area, also backs its programs with an “employment pledge,” helping eligible graduates pay their bills if they are unable to find jobs.

“Given the tough job market, we tell our students that most companies are not lining up to hire them. They need to get out there and sell themselves and their skills,” Plemons said.

Carrie Collura, a graphic design graduate from Westwood’s DuPage campus, said employers are looking to hire people who have degrees, but they are also expecting them to start their jobs with proven skills.

“Grades are not everything — your ability to prove your knowledge is the true evaluation of education,” said Collura, a web designer at an Internet consulting firm. “Westwood has given me the knowledge, ability and therefore the freedom to utilize my design skills to represent my company on the World Wide Web.”

The employment pledge program is available to new students starting at Westwood College.

For more information, contact