Academic Services

Academic Ombudsman

   Michelle Edgcomb Friday
   Olin Hall 106
  medgcomb@bradley.edu
  (309) 677-2931

The Academic Ombudsman at Bradley University is a senior faculty member elected by the University Senate, available to help in resolving issues students may have with their teachers on grades, how they are treated in the class, or any other matter relating to academic work. The Ombudsman helps in interpreting academic policies of the university and the due process channels available to the student who has a grievance. The Ombudsman also facilitates communication between the student and the teacher, and any academic official to which the student may appeal. The Ombudsman, being in an independent, neutral position, is able to offer suggestions to parties to resolve issues during the informal phase of the grievance, and the parties in dispute may take advantage of the suggestions to resolve the issues in a timely manner.

In the event a dispute reaches the formal phase and the Student Grievance Committee takes up the case for deliberation, the grievance committee can invite the Ombudsman to submit, in person or in writing, his/her position on the case, to be considered as part of input in their inquiry.

The Ombudsman can also make recommendations to the academic administration on changes needed to the existing system to improve resolution of student grievances in a fair and timely manner, and to eliminate causes that give rise to grievances.

Academic Review Board

   Dr. Herb Kasube
   Markin Center 50
  hkasube@bradley.edu
  (309) 677-2426

The Academic Review Board is authorized to act upon petitions for reinstatement of undergraduate students dismissed for poor scholarship. This board also considers petitions for other academic irregularities.

Scholastic Dismissal

A student enrolled on probation who does not achieve either a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or a semester GPA of 2.25 at the end of the semester will be dismissed.

Once dismissed, the student will not be allowed to attend any class offered by Bradley University for college credit, including any interim or summer session, without reinstatement by the Academic Review Board. A student’s enrollment in summer school or interim session will be canceled as a result of academic dismissal.

Petitions for Scholastic Reinstatement

Any student dismissed for poor scholarship has the right of appeal for reinstatement. A student should not expect to be reinstated until after one full regular semester has intervened. Petitions for reinstatement should be directed to the Academic Review Board.

Academic Forgiveness Policy

To qualify for the Academic Forgiveness Policy, students must not have been enrolled in a Bradley degree program for at least five years. Persons who wish to be readmitted to Bradley University under the Academic Forgiveness Policy must petition the Academic Review Board and request forgiveness of previous grades earned at Bradley. If the petition is approved, grades for all Bradley courses taken before the hiatus of five or more years will be removed from the GPA calculation. Students will retain credit for those courses with grades of “C” or better, whether the credit was taken in residence at Bradley or from another source. The forgiven grades shall not count in determining the student’s grade point average for academic probation or dismissal or for graduation; however, they shall remain on the transcript with an appropriate notation, and shall be used in determining graduation honors.

Forgiveness is a one-time option which is final and irreversible once granted. This regulation became effective beginning with the first semester of the 1987-88 academic year.

Cullom-Davis Library

   Barbara A. Galik
      Executive Director of the Library
   Cullom-Davis Library 145
  barbara@bradley.edu
  (309) 677-2830

It won’t be long before you find yourself in the Library looking through magazines in the browsing area or doing research for a term paper. The Library's online catalog and circulation system incorporates Bradley’s holdings and those of 77 other academic libraries in Illinois. The Library provides access to more than 40,000 electronic journals, magazines, indexes, and abstracts.

The Library carries a wide assortment of books and periodicals. Films from the Student Foreign Film and Art Society have been added to the circulating collection. Tapes and music scores are located in the Music Resource Collection on the third level of the Library.

If the Library doesn’t have the book or journal article you need, use interlibrary loan. The item can probably be borrowed from one of over 6,000 cooperating libraries in the U.S. and abroad. Allow at least two weeks for delivery. This is a good reason to start your work early. Your Bradley I.D. serves as your library card not only at the Bradley University Library but also at local area libraries. 

The Library provides seating for 1000 students. Snack foods and beverages are permitted in "The Stacks Cafe", the area outside the cafe and some other areas, but not near computers, in the Music Resource Center or in Special Collection Center. Your Bradley ID is required to enter the Library.

The Washington Center

Bradley University is affiliated with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars in Washington, D.C. The Washington Center provides full-time internship opportunities in the nation's capital for students of all majors. Through the Washington Center, students have the opportunity to secure internships at a number of governmental, corporate, and non-profit agencies, including the White House, Congress, federal agencies, lobbying firms, communication companies, and environmental organizations. In addition to professional work experience, The Washington Center provides academically-orientated lectures, discussions, and academic terms on public policy, foreign affairs, art and architecture, mass media, and more. While living in Washington, D.C. students may stay in apartment-style housing. Students may be able to receive academic credit. For additional information please email ckremitzki@bradley.edu

Registrar’s Office

   Andy Kindler
      Registrar
   Swords Hall 11
  akindler@bradley.edu
  (309) 677-3107

The Registrar’s Office serves the campus community in the areas of academic records and registration. Students should contact this office if they need information concerning official transcripts, registration, graduation, name changes, enrollment certifications, transfer work evaluation (for current students), academic regulations, grade reporting, permanent scholastic records, and veterans assistance. Permanent, parent and most local address changes can be made online.

Summer and Interim Sessions

   Janet M. Lange
      Executive Director of Continuing Education
   Continuing Education Building
  lange@bradley.edu
  (309) 677-2374

Bradley offers five summer and interim sessions with classes both online and on campus. These additional sessions help students catch up, get ahead, and graduate on time. When students register for the fall semester, they may also register for the any of four terms that run from May through August. During spring semester registration, students may select courses in the January interim session.

Course schedules for the January Interim are available in late October, and the summer session schedule is available in late March. All session schedules are posted online.

Academic Success Center

   Gregory Haines
      Director
   Cullom-Davis Library 320
  ghaines@bradley.edu
  (309) 677-2415

The Academic Success Center strengthens comprehensive learning, enhances retention, and promotes student success by providing academic support services to Bradley students. The programs provided include:

University Program

The University Program helps students get started at Bradley on the right track by ensuring appropriate academic advisement and goal-setting for major(s) of interest. Students in University Program majors will be assigned an advisor in their college or a professional advisor and will spend time outside of their traditional classes working toward developing habits that enhance academic success and identifying major options that align with students’ interests, skills, and goals.

Academic Exploration Program

The Academic Exploration Program assists students who seek guidance about academic major and career choices. The program provides students with the support and tools to assess themselves, the resources to explore academic and career options, and numerous opportunities to interact one-on-one with their academic advisor, who may also be their instructor for the Student Planning Seminar Course (AEP 100). Please visit us with any questions or concerns.

Tutoring

Bradley undergraduate students qualify for one hour of free one-on-one peer tutoring per subject, per day. Free drop-in tutoring is also provided for select courses each semester. Check the ASC website for a specific list.

Turning Point Retention Program

Many students experience some form of academic difficulty during their college career. At Bradley, students whose difficulty has resulted in academic probation are required to participate in the Turning Point Program (TPP). The Turning Point Program's mission is to assist first-time probation students as they work to regain good academic standing. Program participants meet with TPP staff and create and accomplish a plan for the semester that may include the Learning Enhancement Strategies Seminar (AEP 115), weekly accountability meetings, or connections to other campus resources.

Academic Coaching

Students experiencing challenges that are causing academic difficulty (poor time management, test anxiety or inadequate test-taking strategies, low reading comprehension, etc.) can meet with an ASC staff member to create a learning improvement plan and to identify strategies to improve their likelihood of academic success.

AEP 115: Learning Enhancement Strategies Seminar

AEP 115 is for University program students to ensure they have the college-level study skills necessary to be successful at Bradley and to help explore a broader set of major options. Topics include self-regulation, time management, note taking, test taking, textbook reading, and goal setting.

Learning Design and Technology

   Barb Kerns
      Executive Director
   Morgan Hall 205
  brk@bradley.edu
  (309) 677-2332

Instructional Technology & Media Services and the Instructional Design & Learning Technologies unit formerly of CTEL have reorganized under IRT into a new unit called Learning Design and Technology.

Learning Design and Technology combines support for teaching and learning with technology in the classroom and online along with faculty development and course design consultation. Learning Design and Technology provides video production, video conferencing, lecture recording, and AV event support along with online learning systems of Sakai, Turnitin, and YouSeeU, and print-based duplication services and satellite copiers across campus.

The full scope of the redesign of the units will continue for the next few months, including a redesigned website. Learning Design and Technology offices are located in Jobst Hall 237, Kaufman 102 and 202, and Macmillan.

News

Faculty are invited to attend a full day workshop on March 2 introducing the eight Quality Matters (QM) standards for online course design. This workshop, intended for faculty who have experience teaching online, will introduce eight standards for quality online course design and assessment. Participants who complete the course will receive a QM certificate. To register, email Learning Design and Technology at brk@fsmail.bradley.edu.

Technology Classes

IRT is offering a number of technology classes including, E-mailing Large Groups, Qualtrics Survey Tool 101, Google Drive Training, ABC's of Mobile Devices, and YouSeeU. Go to https://webapp.bradley.edu/trainingscheduler/ to enroll. Log in with your BUNetID and password.

Hours

Executive Director (MORGAN 205) 8AM - 12PM, 1PM - 5PM (Monday through Friday)
Instructional Design (KAUFFMAN 202) 8AM - 12PM, 1PM - 5PM (Monday through Friday)
Sakai (KAUFFMAN 102) 9AM - 12PM, 1PM - 6PM (Monday through Friday)
AV Services Fall/Spring Semesters (JOBST 237) 8AM - 10PM (Monday through Thursday)
8AM - 5PM (Friday)
Duplicating (MACMILLAN) 8AM - 5PM (Monday through Friday)
Break Periods: 8AM - 12PM, 1PM - 5PM (Monday through Friday)