Higher Education

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.

Peoria P&Z Documents

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.

Julian Carvajal / Flickr / CC-by 2.0

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. 

Jimcrone / Wikimedia Commons

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

Bradley University

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

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

 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.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

Design concepts for a proposed privately-owned 5-story luxury student housing complex across the street from Bradley University were unveiled to the public Monday. 

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Darrell Brown scored 21 points and Elijah Childs added 17 to lead fourth-seeded Bradley to its 10th NCAA Tournament with an 80-66 win over seventh-seeded Valparaiso in the Missouri Valley Conference championship game on Sunday.

Bradley Braves Athletics

A former star Bradley baseball pitcher was the pilot in Tuesday's fatal plane crash near Lincoln.


Bradley University is closely monitoring the spread of coronavirus as it may impact students studying abroad.

Dana Vollmer / Peoria Public Radio

Numerous studies link social media use with mental health problems, like depression. But new research conducted by a Bradley University professor shows how a true crime podcast might be bucking that trend.

Lee V. Gaines / Illinois Newsroom

When Ralph Gray transferred from one prison in Illinois to another, he didn’t know the move would mean sacrificing access to an education.

Jimcrone / Wikimedia Commons

The co-chairs of Bradley University's presidential search committee said they have a candidate.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

Peoria medical students will soon head off to one of two radically different locales with the same goals in mind: improving healthcare access in rural communities.


Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said he's confident Bradley University will emerge from its financial struggles stronger than before. 

Kristin McHugh/WCBU

WCBU's news operation is growing, finances are stabilizing and the future is bright. That's the message general manager RC McBride is delivering since daily operations transferred to WGLT-- Bloomington-Normal's public radio station last June. Kristin McHugh sits down with McBride for an update on the partnership with Bradley University. 

Tim Shelley / WCBU

Bradley University students are organizing to save the theater major after it was floated for potential elimination.


Bradley University will consider eliminating majors and merging departments as part of a broader program prioritization effort. 

Jimcrone / Wikimedia Commons

A couple is making one of the largest donations in Bradley University's history.