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North Park Offers Top-Ranked Nonprofit Program

Pier Rogers, Director of the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management

CHICAGO – July 17, 2009 – North Park University is one of only two universities nationwide to offer a fully comprehensive nonprofit management program according to Nonprofit Quarterly, a magazine dedicated to strengthening the role of nonprofit organizations. In the 2009 Education Directory published in the spring issue, Nonprofit Quarterly surveyed schools nationwide to determine which eight essential programs are available at each institution. North Park University and Arizona State University were the only schools to meet all of the eight criteria.

The eight programs catalogued by Nonprofit Quarterly include credit programs, undergraduate certificate programs, undergraduate concentrations (more than three courses), graduate nonprofit studies classes, graduate certificates, graduate concentrations leading to a master’s degree, graduate degrees majoring in nonprofit studies, and online courses.  

In the past year, as the economy has worsened, North Park has seen increased interest in its Axeslon Center for Nonprofit Management and an influx of applications from the recently unemployed, those looking to switch careers, and others looking to further their education.  

“We are pleased to be recognized by Nonprofit Quarterly as one of the leading nonprofit management programs in the country and hope this recognition will help direct prospective students to our nonprofit management programs,” says Dr. Pier Rogers, director of the Axelson Center.

The Axelson Center offers a variety of programs for professionals who work, volunteer, or are transitioning into the nonprofit sector. These include graduate degrees and certificates, half-day and full-day professional development workshops, an annual symposium, a BootCamp for new nonprofit CEOs, custom designed workshops for organizations, networking opportunities, and some no-cost programs.