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Fall 2009 • Volume 15, Issue 4  



More high rankings for Bradley University

America's Best Colleges 2010For the third consecutive year, U.S.News & World Report has ranked Bradley sixth among comprehensive universities in the Midwest that offer master’s degrees.

The ranking appears in its annual publication, America’s Best Colleges that was released August 20. Bradley is also fifth in the list of Great Schools at Great Prices, which features schools that offer high-quality programs at a more affordable cost.

Also in the new U.S.News & World Report rankings, the College of Engineering and Technology was ranked 21st among private schools and 34th when including all public and private universities.

Bradley’s Foster College of Business is ranked among the nation’s top undergraduate business programs. According to Dr. Rob Baer, dean of the Foster College of Business Administration, “While university rankings are regional, the top undergraduate business program ranking is strictly national. Among private universities, the Foster College of Business is ranked 53rd. Among just the master’s level universities, we are top 20. Among private and master’s level schools, we are 11th.”

“We are pleased that national publications continue to recognize Bradley’s excellent living and learning experience,” said President Joanne Glasser. “Bradley students are achieving success in the classroom, in the community, and in the job market. We are enhancing our facilities and our academic programs, while building on our traditional strengths in engineering, communications, liberal arts, education, and business.

This is the 11th consecutive year Bradley has received a high ranking from U.S.News & World Report. The rankings are based on faculty resources, student selectivity, retention rate, class size, financial resources, and alumni giving. Bradley boasts an 88 percent freshman retention rate, half of the classes have fewer than 20 students, and more than 82 percent of the faculty are full time. Visit for more information.

Princeton Review 371 Best Colleges 2010For the 11th consecutive year, The Princeton Review named Bradley one of “The Best 371 Colleges” in the nation. In July, the Review cited Bradley’s small class size, devoted professors, and academic programs, as well as its friendly students, wealth of student organizations and activities, and Greek community. The profile highlights the Markin Family Student Recreation Center and said Bradley provides an environment where “people from all backgrounds get along.” 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.


Former secretary of labor launches Falcon speaker series

Elaine ChaoElaine Chao, secretary of labor in the George W. Bush administration, gave the inaugural address of Bradley’s Theresa S. Falcon Executive Speaker Series. The August 28 event celebrated the life of DR. THERESA FALCON-CULLINAN, MBA ’05, for whom the Executive MBA is now named. She passed away on August 29 after a battle with cancer, the day after the event.

Chao also spoke to students on campus. She is the first Asian Pacific American woman appointed to a president’s Cabinet. The only member of the Cabinet to serve all eight years of the Bush administration, she is the longest serving secretary of labor since World War II. Chao has also served as CEO of United Way of America and as director of the Peace Corps. She currently is a Fellow with the Heritage Foundation and a contributor to FOX News.

To read about Dr. Falcon-Cullinan and the event, visit


Move-in day

Many hands make light work

Cool temperatures and the help of hundreds of fraternity and sorority members made the move-in process a breeze as several thousand students returned to campus on August 22. DAVID “IOWA” SMITH ’11 and COURTNEY SHATTUCK ’12 tote the belongings of a freshman moving in to University Hall. Visit to view photos and videos from Welcome Week.