Peoria Public Radio Staff
Tue August 19, 2014
Bradley University projects 940 freshman students, program adjustments
Bradley University is projecting a fall freshman class of 940 students. That’s 140 fewer students compared to last year’s freshman class. Bradley University president Joanne Glasser shared the numbers at the State of the University address. Bradley is looking to make about seven-point-eight-million dollars in cuts to hit a balanced budget for the academic year.
The University has three advisory groups reviewing programs, looking for ways to reduce costs, maintain academic strength and boost marketing and recruitment efforts. Glasser says any changes to programs will be sent to the University Senate this fall for final action. She says Bradley is also boosting its marketing efforts this year with more focus on individual student stories, and a public perception audit. Glasser says the challenging financial times also mean its unlikely university employees will see any wage increases this year. She also reported the Bradley University endowment grew more than $20 million in the last year