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Larry Dietz speaks to crowd
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Up to 1,000 Illinois State University students who would normally live in residence halls may have to rent apartments for the fall semester. ISU President Larry Dietz said Thursday that's one social-distancing goal.

Bone Student Center
Eric Stock / WGLT

UPDATED 2 p.m. | Two freshmen have filed a lawsuit claiming Illinois State University did not refund enough of their mandatory student fees after abruptly shifting to online-only classes because of COVID-19.

Colleges and universities in Illinois want their campuses to be open to students in the fall, after classes were forced online in March due to COVID-19. A state panel is going to recommend the best approach for the fall semester.

Markus Brooks
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This spring, college seniors across the country have faced a graduation experience like never before. For Markus Brooks of Bloomington, his support system helped him push through.

Larry Dietz speaking at a podium
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz has asked staff to plan for budget cuts of 10% and 20%. In a message to staff who plan budgets at several levels, Dietz said the guidance to develop the scenarios comes amid uncertainty of state support and the impact of the pandemic on future costs.

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Illinois State University said it will offer online commencement ceremonies this year for its approximately 4,327 spring graduates. The university said it expects to award about 3,601 undergraduate diplomas and 726 graduate degrees in two ceremonies May 8-9. There are usually five such in person ceremonies during graduation weekend. This year those were disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Jordan Holmes
Jordan Holmes / Courtesy

University leaders across the country face a difficult decision in the coming weeks about whether they can safely reopen their campuses in the fall.

If the answer is no, college students will have a choice of their own.

Illinois Wesleyan University

Central Illinois colleges and universities have no surety in how the next academic year will develop. The pandemic has forced them to plan for a wider range of contingencies than usual, everything from a "regular" school year with in-person classes, to socially distanced courses, to all online.

Students walk in the quad
Cindy Le / WGLT

Illinois State University staff has proposed no tuition or room and board increase for the fall semester. Trustees are likely to vote on the proposal next month.

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While summer and fall enrollments at Heartland Community College are down about 20%, administrators believe those numbers may improve and the college remains financially sound.

Watterson Towers
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A new estimate suggests the $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package will send enough money to Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan universities to help make up for losses from refunded room and board fees.

Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University
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Illinois Wesleyan University has sent the results of a faculty-driven evaluation of its academic programs to students and families. The exercise includes significant changes that could result in layoffs.

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Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Heartland Community College will not hold a traditional graduation ceremony this spring, opting instead for a virtual alternative commencement amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Charley Edamala
Illinois State University

Illinois State University Chief Technology Officer Charley Edamala described it as the calm before the storm, as the extended spring break tapered down. The global pandemic has disrupted face-to-face education at most universities in the United States. Classes at ISU resume online Monday.

Students walk in the quad
Cindy Le / WGLT

Illinois State University continues to work to retrieve students studying abroad. At the start of the semester spokesperson Eric Jome says that number was about 116 students in other countries.

Heartland building exterior
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

While Illinois State University has told students to stay away due to the coronavirus, Illinois Wesleyan and Heartland Community College have yet to take similar extraordinary measures.

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Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Illinois State University trustees on Friday approved nearly $18 million in spending on various projects and a 12.8% performance bonus for President Larry Dietz.

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Illinois State University trustees will take up proposals Friday to spend nearly $18 million in the next several years on a variety of projects and leases.

Heartland Community College Board of Trustees
Joe Deacon / WGLT

The cost to study at Heartland Community College is going up for a third straight year.

Doris Houston
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The president of Illinois State University has created a new high-level position to coordinate diversity and inclusion efforts. President Larry Dietz said Professor Doris Houston is the new interim assistant to the president in that area.

Megan McGowan / WGLT

In a nod to the academic and life skills that stem from student involvement, Heartland Community College will soon become the third higher education institution in Bloomington-Normal to offer a varsity esports team.

Larry Dietz speaks
Eric Stock / WGLT

Gov. JB Pritzker visited Illinois State University on Thursday to announce the long-awaited Fine Arts Complex renovation is finally going to happen.

a stack of books.
Dan Terkla

Maps lie.

But the way in which they mislead is extraordinarily revealing, according to Illinois Wesleyan University Emeritus Professor Dan Terkla.

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The question whether an eighth-grade student at Illinois State University’s Thomas Metcalf lab school sexually harassed a female classmate by asking her for a semi-nude photo is the central issue of a lawsuit filed by the boy’s parents in McLean County court.

Georgia Nugent
Illinois Wesleyan University

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Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Chinese consul general in Chicago said talks to end the trade war are at a critical point. During a speech at Illinois State University, Zhao Jian said the world's two largest economies are interdependent.

Illinois State University

If it weren’t for the curious mind and adventurous nature of a former professor from Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State universities, the United States may not have expanded West when it did.

Brady and Dave
Ryan Denham / WGLT

A lot of people don’t figure out what they want to do professionally until college—or later. Brady Veal of Bloomington knew when was 8.

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Grant Halverson

America has a long history of torture. From enhanced interrogation during the Iraq War all the way back to the Salem Witch Trials, torture has featured prominently in the story of the country.

The question of why it happened is a question of power and fear.

Kyle Gann
Kyle Gann

To accommodate the piano keyboard, the Western world created 12 intervals as a mathematical compromise.

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