News from the Aurora University community

Challenger Learning Center marks 15th anniversary with stellar recognition

AURORA, Ill. — The Challenger Learning Center (CLC) of Aurora University in Woodstock, was recently recognized for successfully completing more simulated space missions during the 2015–2016 school year than its sister Challenger Centers around the world. Last year, student astronauts, engineers and flight crews from throughout Chicagoland and southern Wisconsin — mostly fifth- and sixth-graders […]

Aurora University education degree programs receive CAEP accreditation

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has accredited the Aurora University School of Education bachelor’s program in elementary education and doctoral program in educational administration through the year 2021. CAEP, formerly the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), is a federally recognized accrediting body for schools, colleges and departments of […]

Aurora University announces 2016–2017 Celebrating Arts and Ideas schedule

Aurora University is pleased to announce its 2016–2017 Celebrating Arts and Ideas series, which this year features 34 cultural events — films, art exhibits, speakers, concerts and theatrical productions — that are free and open to the public. Celebrating Arts and Ideas begins the evening of Monday, Sept. 12 with the return of the Town […]

Aurora University names new dean for Woodstock Center campus; Former Lakewood village manager to start Sept. 12

Aurora University (AU) has named Catherine J. Peterson as dean of its Woodstock Center campus. Previously, Peterson was the village manager of Lakewood, a position she held since 2002. She will begin her new role with AU on Sept. 12.

Aurora University names new vice president of academic affairs

Aurora University has named Frank M. Buscher, Ph.D., as its new vice president for academic affairs. Buscher comes to AU from Christian Brothers University (Memphis), where he served as vice president of academics and student life from 2008 to 2015.

Aurora University receives Tree Campus USA recognition from Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation has selected Aurora University as a 2015 Tree Campus USA award winner.

Aurora University announces March and April Celebrating Arts and Ideas events

Aurora University continues its 2015–2016 Celebrating Arts and Ideas series in March and April, featuring free music, film, lecture, theatre and art events open to the public.

Thought leaders to discuss the state of immigration reform at Aurora University

Aurora University will host “Immigration Reform in the Land of Opportunity,” part of its ongoing Town Square Series, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, from 7:30–9:00 p.m. in Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration.

Aurora University Online receives NC-SARA approval

In January, Aurora University Online was welcomed as a participant by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) in the SARA initiative following the university’s approval by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).

Former legislator, department head to discuss blueprint for solving state’s problems

Aurora University will host a public policy discussion highlighting recommendations to solve and lessen problems in Illinois, featuring former State Representative James D. Nowlan and former director of the Illinois Department of Revenue J. Thomas Johnson in conjunction with Rick Pearson of the Chicago Tribune.

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