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Three Students Earn WGLT Scholarship

Apr 9, 2021
Catrina, Camberyn and Tiffani
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

Congratulations to this year's WGLT Scholarship winners! They are Camberyn Kelley, Tiffani Jackson, and Catrina Petersen.

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Illinois State University

Illinois State University is bringing back a few parts of the traditional commencement experience this spring, even if looks and feels a little different for students.

Lawmaker Wants To Bring Early Childhood Bachelor's Programs To Community Colleges

Apr 8, 2021
Capitol News Illinois photo from Blueroomstream.com.

A bill that would allow community colleges to grant bachelor’s degrees for early childhood education is awaiting consideration before the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Heartland Community College campus

Personal information of thousands of current and former Heartland Community College students and staff has been posted on an unsavory section of the internet, putting them at risk of identity theft.

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Illinois State University is getting help from the National Guard to vaccinate eligible campus community members.

Illinois State University graduate student union organizers on the Quad during a 2017 event
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Illinois State University’s Academic Senate voted narrowly Wednesday night to reject plans for a new engineering college.

Illinois State University science laboratory

Illinois State University will get $4.2 million to improve science lab safety. The Capital Development Board has released the money for fume hood exhaust system renovation.

Illinois State University

A year after the start of the pandemic, a second class of "COVID graduates" is hitting the job market—and they're on better footing than last year's college seniors. The job outlook is on an upswing, and grads say they feel better equipped to navigate the virtual landscape.

Emily Bollinger / WGLT

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.

Screenshot / Illinois State University

Illinois State University administrators are hoping to open a new College of Engineering.

Watterson Towers residence hall at ISU

The heads of colleges and universities in Illinois are asking Gov. JB Pritzker to move higher education faculty and staff up to 1B in the vaccination queue.

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Country Financial is partnering with the Heartland Community College Foundation to help underrepresented high school students jump start their college careers.

A new scholarship opportunity, called the Country Financial Scholars Program, will cover up to 18 credit hours of dual enrollment and dual credit classes a year for a dozen Bloomington-Normal area students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, business or agriculture. Country Financial also will connect students with mentors in those areas.

Chapin Rose
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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.

Heartland Community College campus
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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.

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

Performers on stage
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.

Larry Dietz at news conference
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.

Heartland Community College
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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.

HCC building
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

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

testing site
Ryan Denham / WGLT

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.

Emily Bollinger / WGLT

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.

Larry Lyons standing along railing at Hancock Stadium
Illinois State University

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

INside the new space
Dana Vollmer / WGLT

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.

U of I testing site
Lee V. Gaines / Illinois Newsroom

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.

College buildings
Lincoln College

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

Emily Bollinger / WGLT

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.

a hand holding a fossil
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

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.