Bradley’s president talks about Friday’s planned protest as university finalizes plans to cut programs and staff

Bradley President addresses faculty, investments and supporting students amidst news the school is considering to cut 17 academic programs.
Published: Nov. 13, 2023 at 5:52 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 13, 2023 at 6:13 PM CST
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PEORIA (25News Now) - The president calls it a “hard look” as Bradley University rethinks the future with layoffs and academic programs eliminated.

President Stephen Standifird says the cuts proposed are needed to make sure the students are always at the forefront of the decision-making process.

Now some of those students are preparing a protest.

Some of Standifird’s points were about faculty members who may be impacted and clarified just when their contracts are scheduled to be finished, plus the current investments the administration is making to keep Bradley afloat financially.

”What type of investments can we make that really meet the needs and interests of today’s students. Exactly what that looks like will depend on where our students are at when we finalize these decisions on Dec. 6,” said Standifird.

“We’re committed to doing that and make sure the faculty are here to support them through that process,” he added.

25News also got information that students are planning a walkout for Tuesday at 10 am near Lydia Circle.

Here’s what Standifird said about the protest:

”A number of my colleagues will be doing a walkout tomorrow. I will give a shoutout to those who are organizing with us. They worked with us. There are rules and regulations about how you do those things on campus, and they’ve been very respectful in coordinating those things to do that. I respect their right to have those types of conversations.”

Standifird also stressed the percentage of students who are impacted is just under 4% or around 150 students.

He told 25News that once the official announcement of which programs are cut is made on Dec. 6, the programs will phase out gradually over the next three years.

Even as cuts are made, Standifird said Bradley is making investments in other areas to further grow the school, like the partnership between Apple and T-Mobile to expand digital connectivity on campus.