Roosevelt University Gets Approval to Integrate Robert Morris Illinois

Chicago, IL—March 9, 2020.   Roosevelt University and Robert Morris University Illinois were notified by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), their primary accreditor, that it has approved their joint application to make Robert Morris part of Roosevelt. The transaction was finalized on March 9, 2020.

The integrated University will continue under the name of Roosevelt University. Ali Malekzadeh will continue as president of Roosevelt and Robert Morris’ former president, Mablene Krueger, will be the chief operating officer of Roosevelt’s Schaumburg Campus.  The combination of the two universities will allow them to build on their historic missions that honor diversity and access to education, welcoming first-generation students and minorities.

“The integration aligns the strengths of both universities to better serve our diverse student population,” said Pat Harris, chair of the Roosevelt University Board of Trustees. “With a stronger financial position, the University will be able to expand academic pathways and develop exciting new programming for our students.”

“We have many plans for our integrated University, and we look forward to working with all of our students, faculty and staff to implement them,” said Ali Malekzadeh. “This is beyond a business transaction; it is about preserving the culture and missions of both universities as we evolve in a complex industry. We are excited for the future and all of the new opportunities we are developing as a result of this partnership.”

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

“Students’ and employers’ needs are fundamental to our strategic plan,” said Mablene Krueger. “We will continue to be creative in our approach, utilizing complementary resources and strengthening areas of excellence, all to help students become more successful. It is a very exciting future for our entire community, filled with many opportunities.”

There will be a new college, the Robert Morris Experiential College, in which many of Robert Morris’ current programs will reside. Its Bachelor of Science in nursing and associate degrees in allied health 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 will fold into Roosevelt’s computer science programs.

New programs exist with the Robert Morris associate degree in culinary arts added to complement Roosevelt’s Bachelor of Science in hospitality management. The expansion of extracurricular programming includes several new athletic programs and other opportunities for student involvement.

President Ali Malekzadeh and Mablene Krueger will be featured speakers at City Club of Chicago on March 10, 12:00 P.M. CST. ONLINE STREAMING AVAILABLE

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Integration Task Force Update

First and foremost, thank you for the overwhelming response and willingness to participate in the integration task forces — more than 200 Roosevelt and Robert Morris faculty, staff and students have volunteered.

Over the next few days, the Building a Stronger University steering committee will review and finalize the task force assignments and provide detailed guidelines to all task force members. It is very important that all Roosevelt and Robert Morris employees stay focused on their current responsibilities; however, it is also expected that time be set aside each week for task force work. Therefore, the steering committee encourages task forces to designate Fridays for the Future for meetings and related work.

Lastly, in order to achieve operational excellence in all administrative functions, 15 Roosevelt and Robert Morris colleagues are attending a three-day session on systems thinking and process mapping, which will be followed by sessions on change management and project management. Task force members will also have an opportunity to attend 60- to 90-minute sessions on process mapping and project management in order to help integrate processes, functions and technologies across the two Universities.

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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