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UPDATED 11:16 a.m. | An education reform bill would force schools to test children even before they enter kindergarten. The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus spearheaded the measure, which passed through both houses of the General Assembly on Monday.

Higher Education Reform Bill Unveiled In Springfield

Jan 9, 2021
Zaldwaynaka Scott speaks

A bill aimed at making college education and teacher preparation programs more accessible and affordable for people of color began working its way through the General Assembly on Saturday with the formal introduction of language that lawmakers have been negotiating for months.

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Heartland Community College has hired an architect to design an agriculture complex on campus, but school officials say the size and scope the proposed complex will depend on available funding.

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Spring semester enrollment is lagging well behind last year’s pace at most Bloomington-Normal colleges and universities.

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University High School

Actors act, even in a pandemic. But what high school students are doing now is more subtle than the way they usually tread the boards.

Watterson Towers residence hall at ISU

The road to the presidency was not straightforward. And it has shaken some Illinois State University students, who have some of the same divisions and misinformed beliefs the rest of America has shown during voting.

As calls for representation among the marginalized echo in schools, the Illinois Board of Higher Education has announced the newest student group, Diversifying Higher Education Faculty, for local universities with the goal to increase faculty of color.

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Illinois State University

Illinois State University's president does not have too much concern about a potential spike in COVID-19 cases to start the second semester.

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The Heartland Community College Board of Trustees Tuesday night chose Jim Drew to fill the vacancy on the board created by the recent death of Greg Chadwick.

Drew, of Lincoln, will serve until voters choose a new trustee during the April 6, 2021 election. Two years remain on Chadwick’s unexpired term.

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Hackers carefully considered the timing of the Oct. 5 cyberattack on Heartland Community College.

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The Illinois State University Board of Trustees on Friday unanimously approved a contract booking blocks of hotel rooms to quarantine students who are deemed close contacts to a COVID-positive peer.

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The start of the fall semester was rocky for Illinois State University. Original plans for COVID-19 test supplies fell through just two weeks before the start of classes. Students saw their once blended schedules moved nearly all online, triggering questions about whether students should move back at all, and why they’re paying full price.

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Illinois State University

Illinois State University Athletics Director Larry Lyons said Friday he plans to retire by the end of the year.

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Gamers at Illinois Wesleyan University have a new space to practice and compete with the opening of a new, 5,700-square-foot esports facility.

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Marisa Hardwick isn’t surprised there are now more than twice as many cases of COVID-19 on the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus than previously predicted by university researchers.

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Lincoln College will go back to hybrid learning Monday after a two-week quarantine and virtual learning period.

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Comparing colleges’ COVID-19 numbers can be tricky because of the variety of approaches to testing and reporting data. A lot of Midwestern college campuses bear watching, though.

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North and west of Mason City, Iowa, there is a quarry belonging to the LeHigh Cement Company. It's huge. In a "what I did on my summer vacation" moment, ISU Geologist and Paleontologist James "Jed" Day said he found something very cool there.

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Illinois State University students and board trustees say they want more updates from administrators on their progress addressing anti-Blackness on campus.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz in Thursday's State of the University address painted a picture of an institution that’s doing mostly well, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Illinois State University admissions officials said pandemic-related fears of a precipitous decline in enrollment did not materialize, with total enrollment falling by less than 1% from the previous year.

Illinois Wesleyan University
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Illinois Wesleyan University has reported a 9% increase in freshmen enrollment for the fall term.

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UPDATED 7:30 a.m. | About a thousand students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have tested positive for COVID-19 since twice-a-week coronavirus testing became mandatory for all students on Aug. 16.

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More than 1,023 Illinois State University students have tested positive for COVID-19—an alarming number given it’s only about two weeks into the fall semester.

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The huge gap between the capacity at the University of Illinois and the capacity at Illinois State University to test for the virus that causes COVID-19 may soon disappear.

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The American Association of University Professors said Friday it questions the legitimacy of the process that led to the Illinois Wesleyan University Board of Trustees decision to cancel anthropology, French, Italian, and the religious studies programs.

The AAUP has asked for a response to faculty allegations made in a letter sent to IWU President Georgia Nugent and trustees chair Timothy Szerlong.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said Monday he's closely monitoring the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases among students.

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The hustle of running late to class, the passion students have for a course, and the persistence of earning a degree—it’s all been moved online.

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UPDATED 3:20 p.m. | The number of Illinois State University students who've tested positive for COVID-19 climbed to 70 on Friday, as McLean County's testing positivity rate continued to rise.

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Illinois Wesleyan University said it is responding to a cluster of 10 COVID-19 cases among students.