Higher Education

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Illinois Central College is launching a new equity initiative aimed at helping low-income, underrepresented, and first-generation students earn a higher education credential.


Bradley University said a COVID-19 outbreak among 12 students was traced back to a small, off-campus gathering where no mask-wearing or social distancing happened.

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Concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are leading college sports associations to delay or cancel the start of their fall 2020 sports seasons.


Update 3:30 p.m.| Bradley University is confirming a COVID-19 outbreak involving members of its campus orientation program.


Bradley University now says non-faculty staff should continue working from home after the targeted Aug. 17 "Return to Campus" date if they are able to do so.

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Bradley University is moving forward with a plan meant to improve diversity and inclusion on campus in response to national conversations about racism and social injustice.

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Bradley University President Stephen Standifird said new rules from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requiring international students to take in-person classes to remain in the country won't affect Bradley students, but are still of "serious concern."

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued new restrictions Monday on international students planning to attend American colleges and universities this fall. The guidance from ICE states that international students are forbidden from taking a full online course load while residing in the U.S. The news comes as universities and colleges formulate plans to reopen during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with some opting for a mix of in-person and online learning.


College athletes are returning to campuses across the country.

Bradley University's "Return to Campus" plan will include a weekly round of COVID-19 surveillance testing among a sampling of students, faculty, and staff.


Hundreds of Bradley University faculty and staff have issued a statement condemning systemic racism and injustice — both on campus and in society at large.

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Dozens of Bradley University student athletes staged a peaceful demonstration Tuesday night, protesting racial injustice and inequality.

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Bradley University President Stephen Standifird is apologizing and announcing changes after a statement he issued earlier this week regarding recent tensions and unrest drew backlash from the university's black community.

Bradley University is offering buyouts to all full-time employees in an effort to trim costs as the institution faces a grim upcoming year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Bradley University President Stephen Standifird is appointing a "Return to Campus" team to prepare for probable scenarios in the upcoming school year.


Bradley University students will be back on the Hilltop for fall classes.

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The former Midstate College campus is on track to become the new home of the Bleeding and Clotting Disorders Institute.

For recent college graduates, trying to enter the job market during the COVID-19 pandemic is a daunting task. But Jon Neidy, executive director of Bradley University's Smith Career Center, says there are reasons to be optimistic.

The Peoria Innovation Hub is now officially redubbed Distillery Labs.


It looked like 2020 was going to be the year for "a really good job market" for U.S. college seniors, according to one college career counselor. Then COVID-19 hit.

Bradley University is eligible for up to $4.2 million in financial help through the federal CARES Act. But there's still a lot of uncertainty on when and how that money may benefit the institution and its students.

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College students in all sorts of programs have had to make big adjustments to their studies due to COVID-19 related campus closures. That includes those studying a trade or technical skill.

Bradley University President Gary Roberts said the institution is preparing to potentially slash operating expenses by 25 percent, or $40 million, as the COVID-19 pandemic deals a blow to the already financially-struggling school.

Virus Brings Online Classes Into Focus

Apr 4, 2020

In an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, colleges across the country including Bradley University and Illinois Central College have moved to online classes allowing students to continue their education from home.


Bradley University students have returned from spring break. But for the rest of the semester their classes will take place online.


A Bradley University student enrolled in the Semester Abroad program has tested positive for COVID-19.

Bradley University students will not be returning to class after spring break. 

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Bradley University is taking additional measures as part of its COVID-19 response. 

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Bradley University has named Stephen Standifird as its 12th president.

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 NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will be played without fans in the arenas because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus.