Higher Education


Bradley University students returning to campus for the spring semester will be quarantining again. But it won't look exactly the same as last fall's hunker down.

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UPDATED 11:16 a.m. | An education reform bill would force schools to test children even before they enter kindergarten. The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus spearheaded the measure, which passed through both houses of the General Assembly Monday.

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A Bradley University online doctoral nursing student has died after contracting COVID-19.

Bradley University students won't have a pass/fail grading option available this semester.

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Bradley University's fall semester during the COVID-19 pandemic was unlike any other in the school's recent history.

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When it comes to assessing scientific evidence, conservatives place more value on personal anecdotes, while liberals put more stock into what the experts are saying. Those are among the recent findings by Eureka College's Alexander Swan and his colleagues.

Bradley University's nascent esports program is growing by leaps and bounds during the COVID-19 pandemic, as students look for new ways to connect while remaining socially distant.

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Many young people are casting their first-ever ballots this November in what's shaping up to potentially be one of the highest-turnout elections in recent memory.

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Bradley University's COVID-19 campus positivity rate has dropped to its lowest-ever level, but the university also failed to reach its 250 tests-per-week goal for the first time in several weeks.

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The term “regenerative agriculture” sounds wonderful...or for many maybe just more fancy talk for the latest sustainable agriculture movement.

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Bradley University students won't get a spring break next semester. But they'll get a longer winter break to compensate.

Provost Walter Zakahi announced Friday that Bradley will cancel the traditional March 15-19 spring break as a COVID-19 exposure reduction measure. The spring semester will begin Jan. 27, a week later than usual.

Rural America Is Feeling The Pandemic Pain

Oct 4, 2020

Problems that existed in Illinois small towns and across rural America have been made worse by the coronavirus outbreak, said the director of the Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University.

It appears Bradley University's new post-quarantine restrictions on student activities have taken a big bite out of COVID-19's spread on campus.

Methodist College will roll out a new Bachelor of Science in Medical and Life Sciences degree in the spring semester of 2021.

Bradley University's COVID-19 positivity rate fell nearly by half as it comes out of a two-week, all-student quarantine.

Bradley University is lifting the all-student quarantine on Wednesday, but many COVID-19-related restrictions will remain in place.

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Bradley University is making good on its promise to step up disciplinary enforcement to control the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

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At Eureka College, the fall semester is going "so far, so good" despite the new challenges presented by COVID-19.

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Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson said they're keeping a close eye on Bradley University to see if the two-week all-student quarantine is getting the COVID-19 spread on campus under control.

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Bradley University's one-week COVID-19 positivity rate now stands at 14.4% as the university experiences a spike in new cases.

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Bradley University is looking to correct the institution's COVID-19 course with a two-week all-student quarantine period.

Bradley University is ordering all students to quarantine and learn remotely for the next two weeks.

Bradley University is reporting 18 new cases of COVID-19 among the campus community this week.

From Aug. 28-Sept. 3, a total of 216 tests were administered by Bradley University Health Services. That's fewer than the 250 to 300 tests the university said it would conduct weekly. Results on seven tests are pending.

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The class of 2020 had a lot taken from them by this pandemic. Not being able to finish their senior year was hard enough, but those students who are now college freshmen are struggling with gaining independence during these strange and unpredictable times.

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Could Bradley University adopt the University of Illinois' COVID-19 saliva test? Probably not right away, said Bradley University President Stephen Standifird.

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The first week of Bradley University's fall 2020 semester is done, but there's still a long way to go yet.


A new regional essential skills pilot program seeks to get prospective employees ready to enter the workplace.

Bradley University is reporting a COVID-19 positivity rate of just over 2.5% as the first week of class wraps up.

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Unlike many other higher education institutions, first-year University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria students are starting off their year entirely remotely.

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Bradley University will not reduce tuition or fees for students who take some or all of their classes online this year.