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Why come to Roosevelt University?

Roosevelt University is a teaching and learning institution of higher education, dedicated to the enlightenment of the human spirit. The College of Professional Studies, one of six academic colleges at Roosevelt University, serves the adult learner and is the innovative arm of the University. Housed within the College of Professional Studies is the Department of Human and Community Renewal (DHCR), established in 1989. The DHCR is one example of the University implementing the principles of social justice through practical scholarship and civic engagement with numerous communities throughout the Chicago metro area.

From 1989 to 2002, the DHCR also operated the Bachelors of General Studies Degree Program, one of the most successful programs in counteracting recidivism in the state and the nation. The program was initially offered at five correctional centers, and within a year had expanded to nine correctional centers. At present, the BGS Program has produced more than 538 graduates; those graduates who have been released have maintained a consistent 5.5% recidivism rate. Despite its success, in February 2002, under fiscal crisis, the state of Illinois withdrew funding and closed the program, with the hope that when financial conditions warranted, the BGS program would be restored.

A quality education has proven time and again to be a means for breaking the recidivism cycle. And we know from experience that a true quality education not only imparts knowledge and skills, it can also positively change behavior. A study of Roosevelt University IDOC/BGS alumni revealed the following to be true, as of July 2009:

  • Over 2,289 BGS students served, 1989-2002;
  • 80% were from underrepresented groups;
  • 538 known graduates;
  • 527 released from prison;
  • Those 527 have maintained a 4.6% recidivism rate since 1990;
  • 80 graduates finished their degree after release; and
  • A net savings to taxpayers of about $ 10M per year.

Finally, we have partnered with a number of companies and organizations to provide you with internship experience while you pursue your studies.