What Students are Saying

KELLI BETTENHAUSEN
Graduate - MA Organizational Leadership

Why did you choose Lewis University for your graduate studies?
I was searching for a graduate program and not quite sure which area to go into. I opened a packet I received from the Chamber of Commerce and there was a flyer providing information on the Organizational Leadership Program at Lewis University. I was very interested and met with the admissions department at Lewis. I heard positive things from others about Lewis. The rest is history.

How has your degree helped you professionally?
Actually the process of obtaining the degree helped me as much as having the degree. I am a project director for a federal grant. This position entails knowledge of leadership, systems, cultures, change, critical thinking, strategic planning and finances. The classes I took at Lewis consisted of such topics and enhanced my knowledge. I was provided the resources to be a better project director.

What did you like most about the program that you chose at Lewis University?
The content and relationship building. I often wondered while I was in meetings at work, why I felt out of place. My mind would develop strategies, I would ask a lot of questions and often ended up in leadership roles. While in this program, I was not an outsider but within my element. The other students in the program tended to think like me.

Would you recommend Lewis University to others?
Absolutely, I enjoyed my experience. I am very glad that I chose Lewis.


SANDY BRASSEL
Current Student - Management student

Why did you ultimately choose Lewis University for your degree program?
I ultimately chose Lewis University out of three different schools I was looking into because of the academic reputation, referrals I got from previous students of Lewis along with the university being known as one of America's Best Colleges listed on U.S. News & World Report. Lewis also has different campus locations to help those students who need a diversity of class locations.

How are you hoping that your degree program will help you professionally?
I am hoping that it will not only open more opportunity doors for me, but will enlighten me with new inspiration and ideas I never would've imagined.

What do you/did you like most about the program you chose at Lewis University?
I've recently seen a larger need for someone with this type of background. I no longer have to worry about not being able to actually better myself after I receive my degree due to the lack of need in the workforce.

Would you recommend Lewis University to other potential students?
I would definitely recommend Lewis University to other students. Especially those who are going back to school to continue their education like I did. It can be quite the scary experience if someone is not there to help you along the way and to explain that you will not be the only one going back. To let you know it's ok.s.


Nicole BunteNICOLE BUNTE
Graduate - MA Organizational Leadership

Why did you choose Lewis University for your graduate studies?
Organizational Leadership!! Wasn’t enthused on pursuing an MBA, however enjoyed people, leading change for the better, training and business psychology. All these topics fell into the category of Organizational Leadership.

How has your degree helped you professionally?
My degree has supported many facets of my profession, however learning to listen and strong team building skills are essential when managing and working with a variety of people at various levels.

What did you like most about the program that you chose at Lewis University?
The Capstone surfaced skills accumulated throughout the program wrapped around a topic of your choice. There is no question the Capstone is challenging, however when faced with deadlines and requirements mixed with desire and passion, it is amazing what a person can accomplish.

Would you recommend Lewis University to others?
Yes…already have.


HILDA GONZALEZ
Graduate - MA Organizational Leadership Graduate

Why did you choose Lewis University for your graduate studies?
I have always been fascinated with the diverse leadership styles that exist in our world and its many facets and intricacies. So, after reviewing the curriculum and class descriptions I felt the classes were exactly the learning experience I was seeking. Specifically, I was in search of a program that offered courses in the history of leadership and emotional intelligence.

How has your degree helped you professionally?
First of all, it has allowed me to better understand myself as a person, both professionally and personally. By better understanding myself, I have come to understand the differences that exist in people and the motivational options required to lead effectively. Ultimately, this has made me a better person.

What did you like most about the program that you chose at Lewis University?
I enjoyed the teachers first of all - which included their spirit, energy, commitment and dedication to their students. They are all professionals in their respective fields who provide students with tried and true examples and approaches. I also enjoyed the classes as they included real-world concepts to utilize in real-world situations.

Would you recommend Lewis University to others?
Absolutely! This program provides students/professionals with studies in emotional intelligence leadership required for creating a working climate that can nurture employees to give their best.


GEORGE KOCH, III
Current Student - Applied Sociology and Political Science student

Why did you ultimately choose Lewis University for your degree program?
I chose Lewis University because I had previously taken an Adult Accelerated course with another institution and found myself wanting more in terms of value. I didn't feel that the education that I was receiving or the degree that I would have received, would enable me to pursuit my future plans.

How are you hoping that your degree program will help you professionally?
I know for certain that my degree program has given me a professional edge, as I continue to learn and explore various aspects of my degree, I can then in turn use that information in the workplace. I feel more confident in the decisions that I make, the way that I manage and interact with employee's and colleagues, and how a continual learning process allows me to be flexible in ways others who have stopped their learning process are now facing as challenges.

What do you/did you like most about the program you chose at Lewis University?
If I had to choose one aspect of the Adult Program that I most enjoyed, it would have to be the fact that the course and the material used in the course are the same material that is used in the non-accelerated classes. Because the courses are accelerated it means that there is no time to fool around--it is truly up to the individual to get as much or as little out of the program as they want to. For me, I find this to be the type of environment that unlocks my creative side, and gives me the permission to learn until I want to stop learning.

Would you recommend Lewis University to other potential students?
For anyone who is in a similar situation as I where they didn't choose to go directly to college after high school, and perhaps are at a point in their career where the degree is keeping them from advancement or exploring fields of interest, I would highly recommend the program at Lewis. It's unlike many of the other Adult Programs, as it will teach you to learn and the material is truly at a college level so that you can feel your hard earned dollars are going to something worth while and worth the investment in time and money. Assuming you have done what is asked within the course modules, you will leave each class with a sense of accomplishment as you take not only one step closer to a degree, but a step towards a perpetual learning environment where age and ability will never be an excuse from reaching a higher level of understanding and awareness.


Kristina LewandowskiKRISTINA LEWANDOWSKI
Graduate - Business Administration

Why did you ultimately choose Lewis University for your education (degree program)?
When I made the decision to continue my education after earning my Associate’s Degree, there were two main reasons why I ultimately chose Lewis University. The school’s reputation was the first. Many friends and family members that I spoke with prior to making my decision all concurred that Lewis was not only a great school, but an environment of higher learning that promoted a strong standard of excellence. The second reason was the SPCE program itself. The site locations were a big plus. Two of them were only 20 minutes from my home, and the others were easily accessible from the local highways in my area. As a single parent working full time, only having to attend class once or sometimes twice a week for a five or eight week session was wonderful. Also, the class size really promoted a solid learning environment where all students could really feel comfortable interacting amongst each other. Furthermore, the online classes that are available made it much easier for me to spend more time with my daughter since I had the ability to complete assignments at night from home, or at work in some cases.

For graduates: How has your degree helped you professionally?
Since I already have a management title where I currently work, earning my Bachelor’s Degree was really just the “icing on the cake” in my case. However, a long time dream of mine has been to teach and I plan to start applying to teach part-time at a few two-year colleges in the coming months.

What did you like most about the program you chose at Lewis University?
I would have to say convenience was what I liked most about the SPCE program at Lewis University. From the locations of the sites to the fast pace courses, the program allowed me to be involved in my daughter’s day to day and extracurricular activities while completing my degree in just two years.

Would you recommend Lewis University to other potential students?
Yes, I would definitely recommend Lewis University to other potential adult students. Lewis University really provides a great learning environment and experience to all its students.


ANN PIAZZA
Current Student - Management

Why did you ultimately choose Lewis University for your degree program?
I had heard good things about Lewis's adult learning program and the convenient locations worked with my schedule

How are you hoping that your degree program will help you professionally?
I'm hoping to be able to further my career with my current company. My degree will open many doors for me.

What do you/did you like most about the program you chose at Lewis University?
The instructors were great. Bringing real life situations to my study helped me relate more to the subject matter. Also the students, having all adults who are going through the same thing you are keeps the morale up.

Would you recommend Lewis University to other potential students?
Absolutely. It is a great program.


TINA POSTEL
Graduate - MA Organizational Leadership

Why did you choose Lewis University for your graduate studies?
Lewis University was an accredited university, close to home with a quaint, welcoming campus. The Organizational Leadership program was geared towards working adults with accommodating schedules, a timely and applicable curriculum and a superb faculty. Returning to school can be an intimidating process but from the start, with a personal interview with an academic advisor, I felt at home at Lewis.

How has your degree helped you professionally?
I continue to utilize the critical thinking skills and leadership knowledge I gained from my education at Lewis on a daily basis in all of my decision making processes.

Although I was not looking for new employment, in the past year I was offered and accepted a new Director’s position in my field. Thanks to my education, I look forward to many more future successes as well.

What did you like most about the program that you chose at Lewis University?
Coming from a large state university for my undergraduate degree, I thoroughly enjoyed the personal attention and input from each of my instructors at Lewis University. They showed an honest, sincere interest in my education and future success.

Additionally, the accelerated program worked wonderfully into my schedule. Classes at night and on the weekends allowed me the flexibility I needed to continue working full time and to take care of my three children at home.

Would you recommend Lewis University to others?
Absolutely! For those who keep putting it off, as I did for nearly ten years, Lewis University is the perfect match for students of all ages and backgrounds who are looking to make the jump towards dynamic personal and professional growth. I only wish I would have done it sooner!


STEVE ROWLAND
Graduate - Management

Why did you ultimately choose Lewis University for your degree program?
I chose Lewis because I wanted a quality education from a respectable school with convenient locations that fit in with my hectic schedule.

How has your degree helped you professionally speaking?
Having my degree from Lewis has finally opened a long-awaited promotion from my current employer as well as several outstanding offers from some other prestigious organizations.

What do you/did you like most about the program you chose at Lewis University?
The thing I liked most about Lewis was it's convenient locations. I was able to schedule classes and locations based on my schedule. Sometimes it was best to take classes close to home. Other times, it was best to pick up a class coming from work. I always had options at Lewis when none were available at work and home.

Would you recommend Lewis University to other potential students?
I would definitely recommend Lewis University. Especially to working adults, like me, who thought going back to school would be difficult and inconvenient.