Bradley University plans $7 million in cuts

Jun 3, 2014

Bradley University is looking to make $7 million in cuts this summer to hit a balanced budget next academic year. Bradley President Joanne Glasser says this fall’s freshman class is projected at 970 students. That’s 110 fewer students compared to last year’s freshman class, although the numbers could change before school starts in the fall. 

Glasser says the lower-than-expected enrollment means a $2 million hit for the University. She says Bradley needs to make a five percent reduction overall to maintain sustainable operating margins.  

That’s in addition to nearly $2 million in cuts planned for dining, housing and athletics. Glasser says she’s formed three advisory groups of faculty and staff to review programs, look for ways to reduce costs, and boost marketing and recruitment efforts. Glasser says the expected fall enrollment represents a new baseline and a revenue gap that can’t be filled with tuition increases alone.