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Summer 2009 • Volume 15, Issue 3  

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Promising enrollment for fall | High graduation rate | MBA students place first — again | Getting down to business | Fulbright prof in Romania | “Most promising find of 1952” | Coach Orsborn honored | Building leaders | Blagojevich impeachment | Student impressions of India | Academic hall of famers | Top tour guide | Biotech fellowships | Slideshows and Video: CHRIS ROBERTS ’10 75-foot bank shot video; Undergraduate commencement; Graduate commencement; Air Force commissioning story and video; NCAA softball tournament; Team Bradley, Peoria’s Race for the Cure; A Celebration of Bradley University: St. Louis and Washington, D.C.; Bradley rocket engineering camp

 

Promising enrollment for fall

One of the largest incoming classes in Bradley’s 112-year history is slated to arrive on campus in August. A total of 1,140 students have made deposits to secure their place on the Hilltop. In spite of the recession, the target of 1,080 new students was significantly surpassed. “Because of the economy, no one could predict what this freshman class was going to be,” said Dr. Alan Galsky, vice president of student affairs, adding that Bradley has not lowered its standards for admission.

“Bradley has put itself in a position to be a product that people perceive is worth the expense, even in a challenging economy,” Galsky told local media in early May. Regarding enrollment figures, he said, “We’re doing better than most private universities, and we’re doing better than a lot of public (universities).”

 

Top tour guide

TYLER FOX ’10, a Student Admissions Representative (STAR), is the recipient of the first STAR Award, presented by the Admissions Office. As part of the effort to increase enrollment for the 2009–10 school year, Cory Craig, assistant director of admissions, started a competition in which the office tracked which STAR led the admissions tour for each student who made an enrollment deposit at Bradley.

Fox won the competition, having led tours for 40 of the students who committed to Bradley. KATIE CANELLA ’09 and MATT STEIN ’10 received second and third place respectively. The award was announced at the annual All STAR Ball.

A total of 1,140 incoming students have made enrollment deposits for next year.

 

High graduation rate

A June 2009 report from the American Enterprise Institute on six-year graduation rates found that Bradley’s 76 percent rate compares very well with other institutions. The average graduation rate for “very competitive” institutions (such as Bradley) is 62 percent, so BU far exceeds that. In addition, Bradley’s average is higher than that for “highly competitive” institutions. In fact, only a handful of Illinois universities have a higher graduation rate than Bradley University.

“Our impressive retention rates are evidence of the outstanding job our faculty and staff do in teaching and mentoring our students,” said Joanne Glasser, Bradley president.

 

Promising enrollment for fall | High graduation rate | MBA students place first — again | Getting down to business | Fulbright prof in Romania | “Most promising find of 1952” | Coach Orsborn honored | Building leaders | Blagojevich impeachment | Student impressions of India | Academic hall of famers | Top tour guide | Biotech fellowships | Slideshows and Video: CHRIS ROBERTS ’10 75-foot bank shot video; Undergraduate commencement; Graduate commencement; Air Force commissioning story and video; NCAA softball tournament; Team Bradley, Peoria’s Race for the Cure; A Celebration of Bradley University: St. Louis and Washington, D.C.; Bradley rocket engineering camp