The $10,000-a-Year Bachelor’s Degree That Works Webcast Recording



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Get an in-depth look at how National Louis University built an innovative, scalable, and financially sustainable bachelor’s degree program that is helping close the achievement gap for low-income and first-generation students. Our instructor will give you an insider perspective of the “nuts and bolts” of running this comprehensive program, as well as how the program allows the institution to successfully balance mission and market goals. You will learn:

  • How an in-house innovation space made inception of the program possible
  • The financial model and operational efficiencies that make the program sustainable
  • The ins and outs of the program’s academic curriculum and corresponding support services

You will leave with considerations for how the various aspects of this program can be applied and scaled at your own institution.

Who Should Attend

This program is appropriate for professionals from Academic Affairs, Finance, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs. We encourage you to attend the webcast in cross-functional teams, and use it as a catalyst to begin or further the dialogue about facilitating access for low-income and first-generation students on your own campus.

Learning outcome

After participating in this online training, you will be able to apply aspects of National Louis University’s program and approach for scaling at your own institution.


  • Inception of Program
    • Backstory: the “why” and connectedness to mission
    • Creating an in-house innovation space
  • Business model and cost details
    • Creating a sustainable pricing structure
    • Operational efficiencies
    • Tuition and fees
    • Access to textbooks
  • Academic Curriculum
    • Instructor ratios and course load
    • Curriculum and delivery methods
  • Student Support
    • Wraparound model
    • Student success coaching
    • Predictive scoring model
    • Other interventions  
  • Results and Next Steps
    • Lessons learned
    • Plans for ongoing improvement


Aarti Dhupelia, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, National Louis University

Aarti Dhupelia oversees the Harrison Professional Pathways Program, an innovative undergraduate degree program designed to close the achievement gap in higher education by offering students affordability, strong individualized support, and a personalized and professionally focused curriculum.  Prior to joining NLU, Aarti spent 8 years in senior leadership roles at Chicago Public Schools, most recently serving as CPS’ Chief Officer for the Office of College and Career Success, where she drove strategies around attendance and truancy, drop-out re-engagement, out-of-school time, social and emotional learning, college and career planning, and early college and career acceleration coursework.  Before joining CPS, Aarti spent several years as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies at Marakon Associates.  Aarti holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University, and she is an alumna of the Broad Residency in Urban Education program.


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