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Higher Education

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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.

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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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Enrollment declined at Illinois community colleges again this fall, driven in part by a strong economy and low unemployment.

League of Legends
Eric Stock / WGLT

Illinois State University is adding a video gaming program.

COMPACT team on stage
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Illinois State University is taking next steps toward the launch of mechanical and electrical engineering programs.

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Illinois State University

As climate change and human industry destroy once thriving habitats, scientists are using samples from herbariums to piece together the history of our ecosystem.

Jamel and Willie
Tiffani Jackson / WGLT

Scholarship recipients from Central Illinois on Friday will hear from a leader of color who embodies the type of success that the NAACP’s Freedom Fund Banquet wants to cultivate.

International students, especially those from China, play a crucial role in funding the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Illinois State University
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Illinois State University had another great recruiting year, with a 1.2% increase in total enrollment and the largest freshman class in 33 years. It's another stable year. Several other schools throughout the state continued years of enrollment drops.

Dave Kindred with his collection
Darnysha Mitchell / WGLT

After 60 years of telling captivating stories around the sports world, reporter Dave Kindred's donation of artifacts and memorabilia to Illinois Wesleyan is taking fans for a ride all over again.

What happens when universities see enrollment plunge year after year? For many Illinois schools, they focus on how to hold on to the students already walking their halls. Students often leave between their first and second year.

Tammy Yates was excited to come to Macomb seven years ago. Yates and her partner Chad Hunziker opened Chubby's, a restaurant on West Adams Street, just a few blocks from the Western Illinois University campus.

Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University
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Illinois colleges and universities have been under pressure for years from smaller graduating classes, out-of-state competition and changing demographics. Private higher education institutions in the state face the same challenges public schools do and a couple extra.

Wonsook Kim as a student.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

“Illinois State University is where I started. Why ISU? Because this is where my heart is at.”

Wonsook Kim earned three degrees at Illinois State in the 1970s and experienced her first dates, first job, and first experience with dorm life there. Her love for her alma mater is why she and her husband decided to give the school a $12 million donation last Thursday, the largest individual donation in the school’s history. For her generosity, ISU President Larry Dietz announced that the College of Fine Arts and the School of Art will both be renamed after Kim.

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Illinois State University

Gamma Phi Circus at Illinois State University will celebrate its 90th year with a parade: the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City.

IWU Names Search Committee For New President

Sep 4, 2019
Staff / WGLT

Illinois Wesleyan named a 12-person committee to find the private university's 20th president.

ISU students on a sidewalk
Cindy Le / WGLT

UPDATED 5:15 p.m. | Illinois State University freshman enrollment jumped nearly 5% this fall—its largest freshman class in 33 years.

Allen Hall on the University of Illinois Urbana campus.
Courtesy of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois student Andrew Smith of Normal has been arrested in connection with a noose found in an elevator at Allen Hall in Urbana early Sunday morning.

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