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Fall 2008 • Volume 14, Issue 4  



National media rank Bradley among best

us news and world report america's best colleges 2009

U.S. News & World Report Bradley is ranked sixth among comprehensive universities in the Midwest for the second consecutive year in the list of “America’s Best Colleges,” published annually by U.S. News & World Report. The University, also the fourth highest Midwestern school in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list, has earned a top ranking for more than 10 consecutive years.

The College of Engineering and Technology is ranked 27th nationally, and its manufacturing program is rated third in the nation. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is among the top 100 such programs nationwide in “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

Released each summer, the U.S. News rankings are based on a number of factors including faculty resources, student selectivity, retention rate, class size, financial resources, and alumni giving. Bradley boasts an 88 percent freshman retention rate, nearly 50 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students, and more than 80 percent of faculty are full time. Visit for more information.

Princeton Review best 368 colleges

Princeton Review For the 10th consecutive year, The Princeton Review named Bradley one of “The Best 368 Colleges” in the nation. In July, the Review cited Bradley’s small class size and graduation placement rates, as well as the close relationships students are able to build with professors. Bradley’s technological advancements in the Caterpillar Global Communications Center also contributed to the recognition. The Princeton Review includes about 15 percent of America’s four-year colleges in its annual publication, based on feedback from students, visits to schools, and opinions of independent college counselors, students, and parents. Visit for more information. logo For the first time has ranked America’s best colleges and universities, and Bradley has been ranked among the top 10 percent. From more than 4,000 colleges nationwide, evaluated 569 universities based on 7 million student evaluations of courses and instructors, alumni recognized in Who’s Who in America, the percentage of students who graduate in four years, average student debt, and students and faculty who have won distinguished national awards. In the last two years, Bradley alumnae have received a Pulitzer Prize and an Academy Award.

“ is another independent confirmation that Bradley University is one of the best schools in the nation,” said President Joanne Glasser. “This national distinction is reflective of our strong academic programs and the commitment of our talented faculty to exceptional instruction and student success.”

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Faculty and staff honored for exemplary efforts

The following faculty and staff were honored at the University Conference in August:

Caterpillar professors Dr. David Schmitt and Dr. Susan Berry Brill de Ramirez received Caterpillar professorships. This honor recognizes the highest level of scholarship among senior faculty who hold tenure and have the rank of full professor. Schmitt, Caterpillar professor of psychology, and Brill de Ramirez, Caterpillar professor of English, are the 11th and 12th professors recognized since 2000.

Burgess Award The Theodore G. Burgess Award for Excellence in Interdepartmental Collaboration was presented to the Department of Theatre Arts, the Multimedia Program, and Information Resources & Technology. Collaborative projects include productions of The Adding Machine and Alice (Experiments) in Wonderland; the “Tunnel of Oppression;” and the Red Tie Gala for the Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance.

First Year Faculty Award Dr. Joshua Lewer, assistant professor of economics, was selected for this award based on student evaluations, peer visitation, course innovation, and instructional improvement. He teaches at all levels, from introductory classes to Executive MBA courses.

Outstanding Academic Advisor Dr. Tim Conley, associate professor of English, was commended for his guidance in every aspect of advising, including discussing graduate school and career options with English majors as they approach graduation.

Presidential Award President Joanne K. Glasser has established a Presidential Award to recognize faculty and staff for extraordinary service. George Brown, associate professor of theatre arts; James Ferolo, assistant professor of multimedia; and Kathy Fuller, assistant vice president of University Relations, were commended for their efforts with the Red Tie Gala.