|Students||6,000 (Fall 2021)|
|Campus||Chicago, Illinois; Richardson, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Anaheim, California; Washington, D.C.; San Diego, CaliforniaNew Orleans, Louisiana|
The Chicago School is a private university with its main campus in Chicago, Illinois. Established in 1979, The Chicago School was primarily focused on the professional application of psychology. It currently has about 6,000 students across all campuses and online. The university offers more than 30 academic programs in professional fields such as psychology, business, health care, health services, education, counseling, and nursing.
The Chicago School was established in 1979. Initial plans for the school were made in 1977 and realized in January 1979 by the nonprofit Midwestern Psychology Development Foundation. The first classes were held in 1979 at 30 West Chicago Avenue, before moving in 1980 to the Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue. In 1986, it moved to Dearborn Station in Chicago's South Loop. In 2004, the school moved to its current location on the Chicago River at 325 N. Wells Street.
The school expanded to the West Coast, adding three campuses in Southern California. The first out-of-state location was opened in downtown Los Angeles in the summer of 2008. The school announced a formal affiliation with the California Graduate Institute and its campuses in Westwood and Irvine in the fall of 2008, although the L.A. location did not receive accreditation until a full decade later in 2018. Having developed from the psychoanalytically oriented clinical training at CGI, the Westwood campus maintained the psychoanalytic training model of its predecessor until it closed in the summer of 2014. CGI has now formally been incorporated into the Applied Clinical Psychology doctoral (PsyD) program.
2012 Los Angeles Campus lawsuit, settlement, and accreditation
In 2012, a group of 40 students who had enrolled in the inaugural 2008 clinical psychology doctoral cohort at the Los Angeles campus sued the school alleging that they were misled and deceived by the school into attending a doctoral program that was not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Students stated that they were offered admission to the Los Angeles campus after applying to the APA accredited Chicago campus doctoral program, while the school knowingly "downplayed" the fact that the Los Angeles campus had no clear path towards accreditation at the time that admission was offered. A group of 26 students subsequently filed a class-action lawsuit in 2014. In September 2016, the court found that students were not properly apprised as to the accreditation differences between the Chicago and the Los Angeles campus programs. The Chicago School settled the lawsuit for $11.2 million dollars. The Los Angeles campus Clinical Psychology PsyD program obtained APA accreditation in 2018, two years after the fraud payout.
All branches of the Chicago School are accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The School Psychology doctoral (EdS) program in Chicago, Illinois, is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.
The Clinical Psychology doctoral (PsyD) program in Chicago, Illinois, is accredited by the American Psychological Association until 2023. The Clinical Psychology doctoral (PsyD) program in Washington, D.C., is accredited by the American Psychological Association until 2024. The Clinical Psychology doctoral (PsyD) program in Los Angeles, California, is accredited by the American Psychological Association until 2028. The Clinical Psychology doctoral (PsyD) program in Anaheim, California, is accredited by the American Psychological Association until 2031.
Each campus is equipped with event spaces, at least one classroom, and a library. Locations can be found in the following cities:
- Chicago: The original location of The Chicago School, since 2004, has been housed at 325 North Wells St, in Chicago's River North neighborhood. The building itself opened in 1914 as a Chase and Sanborn Coffee warehouse, a former industrial era building. In 2007 the school expanded across the street to additional space in the Merchandise Mart building.
- Washington, D.C.: This location opened in the summer of 2010, occupying a suite in the McPherson Building at 901 15th St NW.
- Dallas: Located at 2101 Waterview Pkwy in Richardson, Texas.
- New Orleans: While it has no dedicated space of its own, this location, at 1 Drexel Drive in New Orleans, uses space at Xavier University of Louisiana, a historically Black college.
- Los Angeles: Located at 707 Wilshire Blvd., the L.A. Campus occupies space in the Aon Center.
- Anaheim: Located in Suite 1200 at 2400 E. Katella Ave in Anaheim.
- San Diego: Located at 401 W. A Street, in the building 1 Columbia Place.
TCS Education System
In 2009, The Chicago School created the non-profit university system TCS Education System. In subsequent years several institutions joined the TCS system in addition to the Chicago School itself:
- Pacific Oaks College
- Pacific Oaks Children's School
- The Colleges of Law
- Saybrook University
- Kansas Health Science Center–Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
- University of Western States
- Dallas Nursing Institute (subsequently closed)
- Santa Barbara Graduate Institute (subsequently closed)
- Anjhula Mya Bais, psychologist, trauma specialist, human rights activist, and model
- David Castain, entrepreneur and philanthropist
- Steven Kaufman, entrepreneur and philanthroplist
- Alicia Kozakiewicz, television personality, motivational speaker, and Internet safety and missing persons advocate
- James P. Liautaud, American industrialist, inventor, and business theorist.
- Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, Sierra Leonean politician, psychologist, and current leader and chairman of the Alliance Democratic Party
- Maurice West, member of the Illinois House of Representatives for the 67th district
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