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Celebrating 10 years in Southern California

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of our Los Angeles Campus, President Michele Nealon reflects on all that has been achieved and what the future may hold.

Milestones are important to observe in the life of any organization—they mark incremental, ongoing progress while offering opportunities for reflection and celebration.  At The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, we welcome those dates that prompt us to compare the present with the past and to relish the evidence of our accomplishments.

As we prepare to celebrate The Chicago School’s 40th Anniversary next year, we can take a moment to recognize 2018 as a milestone of its own: the 10th Anniversary of our presence in Southern California, as well as the eighth year of my tenure as president.

These eight years have been the highlight of my professional career; it is a true privilege and honor to work with our community to advance a mission that is both relevant and impactful, and to oversee the preparation of the next generation of exemplary mental and behavioral health practitioners. How could I not be proud of faculty and staff who excel not only in the classroom or in their interactions with students, but who are taking their rightful places of leadership in their respective disciplines while shepherding students through hands-on service projects that improve lives and serve the community?

Let’s take a look at where we are in comparison to 2010:

  • In 2017, we confirmed evidence of our institutional effectiveness and integrity, through our regional accrediting agency, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), as it reaffirmed our accreditation for 10 years, the longest term possible.
  • We have doubled the number of TCSPP campuses (from four in 2010 to eight today).
  • A continual process of identifying and developing new programs has brought us to a total of 47 degrees, unique specializations, and certificates.
  • We continued to validate the excellence of our programs by obtaining the American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation for our Clinical Psychology programs in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington; CACREP accreditation for our Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs in Washington D.C. and Online, and National Association of School Psychologists approval for our Ed.S., School Psychology program in Chicago.
  • As the number of campuses and programs grow, so too do the number of community partnerships we have forged—we are at a record 2,053 this year.
  • Our expanding global reach has resulted in an increase of international students from 20 in 2010 to 133 today, representing countries as diverse as Taiwan, South Africa, the Philippines, Iran, Tunisia, Canada, China, Libya, Norway, Ethiopia, and Nigeria.
  • Our number of employees has grown to 465.
  • As a testament to the strength of the professions we represent and the ever-growing reputation of The Chicago School globally, prospective student interest in our programs is at an all-time high – enrollment has grown 31 percent since 2010.
  • Over 93 percent of first-year graduates are employed, 90 percent in their field of study.

No wonder our reported level of current student engagement remains exceptionally high and alumni engagement continues to rise!

While we would love to measure the impact we have had on the profession, it is an outcome that is understandably difficult to quantify.  We do know that The Chicago School now confers more than 7 percent of the graduate psychology degrees in the U.S. We know that our programs reach across the globe, bringing psychology education to a growing number of international students and reaching students and organizations in North and South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. And we know that, because endless effort has gone into the process of improving student outcomes, our graduates begin their careers exceedingly well prepared to deliver services and poised to take the work they do to new levels of innovation and effectiveness.

Our contributions to the communities we serve and the profession of psychology and related behavior health services are also evident in the national recognition that we receive.  Several of our campuses have been named, repeatedly, to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. We have been recognized as a Military-Friendly School by Victory Media and named a Top School by Military Advanced Education in the MAE Guide for Colleges and Universities. And we have been selected by the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society for producing outstanding scholars committed to contributing to the development of their respective fields.

I am proud of what we have achieved in the eight years I have had the privilege of serving as president, and in what each campus has accomplished in the years it has been part of our great University. So many of you have played significant roles in this progress and for that, I am eternally grateful.


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Dr. Michele Nealon

As President of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), Dr. Michele Nealon leads one of the most successful non-profit professional graduate schools in the nation, directing campuses across the country that educate more than 4,300 students in the fields of psychology and related behavioral sciences.


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