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Lewis Jumps to Top 15 in Midwest US News Rankings

U.S. News & World Report dramatically increased its ranking of Lewis University, recognizing the Romeoville-based institution's continual improvement and progression. In just one year, Lewis University jumped up 9 spots with an overall rank of 13 in the Best Regional Universities (Midwest) category.  The U.S. News ranking of Lewis University has continuously improved from No. 52 in 2004, No. 34 in 2014, and No. 13 in 2024.   “The remarkable growth in our reputation in the last two decades recognizes our progressive and responsive approach to meeting students where they are,” Dr. David Livingston, president of the Lewis University, commented.   The most notable change in ranking factors for Lewis University in this year’s rankings was its Peer Assessment Score, which indicates how a school is regarded by top administrators at other institutions. The historic high score for Lewis University was calculated from the weighted, two-year rolling average of ratings on academic quality it received by presidents, provosts and deans of admissions at institutions in a peer assessment survey.  “Our historically high peer assessment score stands as a resounding affirmation of the trust and respect we have earned from our academic peers. It reflects the recognition of the dedication and expertise of our faculty and staff, the passion and commitment of our students, and the transformative impact of our programs,” Livingston added.  Lewis University was once again recognized in the following categories .   Best Value Schools   A+ Schools for B Students   Top Performers on Social Mobility - Regional Universities (Midwest)   Best Colleges for Veterans - Regional Universities (Midwest)   Again, the following undergraduate academic programs were among the best in the country.   Computer Science Programs    Engineering (No Doctorate Offered) Programs    Nursing Programs      [PHOTO

Lewis Students Explore Solutions to Current Societal Issues
Reducing disease spread in healthcare settings, firearm safety education, and creating more efficient semiconductor manufacturing processes are just a few of the research topics undertaken by 13 Lewis University students this summer. The biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, engineering,  [MORE]  [PHOTO

Lewis Named Best Illinois Private Master’s University
Lewis University was recently recognized as the highest-ranking private master’s level university in Illinois in Washington Monthly 2023 Master’s University Rankings .  The publication analyzes four-year liberal arts institutions based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories  [MORE]  [PHOTO

Lewis University Kicks Off South Hall Renovation Project
The Lewis University South Hall Renovation Project kicked off September 14 with a few ceremonial swings of the hammer. The revitalization project ushers in a new era of innovation and growth in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences .   Dr. Christopher Sindt, provost, and Teresa Krejci, vice  [MORE]  [PHOTO

Rep Underwood Staff Dialogues on Voices of Joliet Exhibit
US Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and her staff recently looked deeper into the historical context of current social and economic challenges in the Joliet area.    During an all-staff meeting on September 6, held at the Gaylord Building in Lockport , attendees toured and engaged  [MORE]  [PHOTO

Men's Cross Country Wins a Title at National Catholic Invite
The Lewis University men's cross country team finished first in the small school division including NCAA DII schools and tied for third overall, at the National Catholic Invitational Friday (Sept. 15). The Flyers finished with 105 points. Leading the way for Lewis was junior  Charlie Wirth  (Greenville,  [MORE

Cross Country Captures a Title at National Catholic Invite
The Lewis University women's cross country team won the small school championship after finishing first place among non NCAA DI schools while placing third overall at the National Catholic Invite on Friday (Sept. 15). The Flyer's finished with 65 points. Leading the way for Lewis was junior  Hannah  [MORE

History Symposium Unites Environmentalists and Historians
Native Americans in Illinois, prairie restoration, environmental History, and a celebration of sites along the I&M Canal were all part of "Place and the Environment" on September 16 at Lewis University in Romeoville. Almost 200 attendees enjoyed the daylong symposium organized by the Lewis University  [MORE]  [PHOTO

Mustafa Presents 'The Blaxploitation Horror Film' on 9/27
"The Blaxploitation Horror Film: Adaptation, Appropriation and the Gothic" will be presented by Dr. Jamil Mustafa, professor of English Studies , at noon on September 27 in Convocation Hall on the Lewis Romeoville Campus.  The lecture is being presented as a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas  [MORE]  [PHOTO

Lewis University to Host Photography Exhibit of Phoenix Area
Lewis University will host a Greg Booker, M.F.A., photography exhibit from August 28 to September 21 at the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery. The art capturing the American West is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The exhibit is free and open to the public.  Booker is an associate  [MORE

Author Leah Thomas is Set to Speak October 19
Eco-Communicator and author of "The Intersectional Environmentalist: How To Dismantle Systems of Oppression To Protect People and Planet,”  Leah Thomas , will present the Annual Gros Memorial Event at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Lewis University Convocation Hall in Romeoville. This presentation also will be  [MORE]  [PHOTO

Buss Secures a Second Term as President of CHESCS for NCEA
Dr. Jennifer Buss, associate professor of Special Education , has been nominated to serve another term as President of  Catholic Higher Education Supporting Catholic Schools  for the National Catholic Education Association. CHESCS is a national network of Catholic colleges and universities with  [MORE

Dr. Kimberly Duris' Article and Grant Accepted
Dr. Kimberly Duris, associate professor of psychology, had a research article published in the September edition of the Journal for Counseling in Illinois . The title of the publication was "A Comparison of the Perceived Level of Effectiveness of Clinical Supervision Practices and Strategies" .     [MORE

Dr. Mustafa Writes the Book on Blaxploitation Horror Films
Dr. Jamil Mustafa, professor of English Studies , has written his first book, The Blaxploitation Horror Film: Adaptation, Appropriation and the Gothic . This pioneering study demonstrates how conventional horror films adapt the archetypes of Gothic fiction, while Blaxploitation horror films appropriate  [MORE

Dr. Reza Gharoie Ahangar Provides Expert Advice to WalletHub
Dr. Reza Gharoie Ahangar, assistant professor of business analytics, offered his insights in the "Ask the Experts" section of WalletHub's Geico Car Insurance Review 2023 .   

HLC, IBHE Visit to Lewis University and St. Augustine
We are looking forward to another important event that marks a significant milestone in the merger process between Lewis University and St. Augustine College. As part of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) evaluation process, a visit has been scheduled to assess the campuses and their readiness for  [MORE

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