Mablene Krueger and Ali Malekzadeh

Roosevelt University Announces Intent to Integrate Robert Morris University Illinois into Roosevelt

Together Building a Stronger and Expanded University

Chicago, ILOctober 2, 2019President Ali Malekzadeh of Roosevelt University and President Mablene Krueger of Robert Morris University Illinois announced that Roosevelt has submitted an application to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to integrate Robert Morris University Illinois into RooseveltRobert Morris would be integrated into, and continue under the name of, Roosevelt University. The combination of the two universities would help them build on their historic missions that honor diversity and access to education, welcoming first-generation students and minorities.   

“We have been working with Robert Morris’ leadership team to ensure that it is a good fit for our respective students, faculty and staff,” said Malekzadeh. “Because of our complementary programs, and inclusive, yet distinct, missions of social justice and social equity, it is a perfect fit for both our universities’ students, faculty and staff and provides countless opportunities for everyone. We hope for this to be a model approach on how to successfully integrate two private universities. 

Together, Roosevelt and Robert Morris would be nationally recognized as a catalyst for students from all walks of life to receive transformational learning experiences. Students who attend the expanded Roosevelt University would become socially conscious citizens who thrive in a diverse and changing world. 

I’m very excited about partnering with RooseveltThere are many synergies between our two Universities,” said Krueger. This and the universities’ proximity will enable immediate implementation of best practices and programmatic expansion, while ensuring a seamless transition for the students, faculty, staff and the community as a whole.” 

Roosevelt plans to create a new college, the Robert Morris Experiential College, in which many of Robert Morris current programs would reside. Robert Morris would bring to Roosevelt a strong leadership team, strength in experiential learningand complementary programs, and over 1,800 students. Its nursing programs and associate degrees in allied health would complement the strong baccalaureate programs that Roosevelt has in biology, biochemistry, allied health, and health science administration. In addition, Robert Morris offers a Master of Information Systems that would fold into Roosevelt’s Computer Science Programs, and there would be new opportunities in the Culinary and eSports fields.   

This announcement is part of Roosevelt’s Building a Stronger Roosevelt initiative, a three-pronged approach to improve enrollments, grow revenues, and cut expenses while investing in academic programs. With the Robert Morris integration, Roosevelt University would become academically and financially stronger, laying a deeper foundation today and for the future.   

Malekzadeh commented, “President Krueger and I are committed to making sure that the legacy of Robert Morris is preserved during this integration, and that both universities learn best practices from each other for the benefit of the students, faculty, and staff.” 

The application is subject to the approval of the HLC, Illinois Board of Higher Education, U.S. Department of Education, and the governing boards of Roosevelt and Robert Morris. Filing the application is the first step in the process and constitutes the Universities’ joint request for permission to pursue the proposed transaction. 


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