PEORIA – Roosevelt University’s physical presence in downtown Peoria appears to be brief.
By the end of this year, Roosevelt plans to move out of its campus at One Technology Plaza, 211 Fulton St.
Nino Randazzo, the university’s director of physical resources, said the intention in an email to a Roosevelt supplier based in Peoria. The Star Journal obtained a copy of the email.
When asked for details, Roosevelt spokesman Mike Kaluzny did not provide a date when the school’s downtown operations are expected to end. Kaluzny also did not directly confirm the shutdown of the facility.
“Roosevelt plans to continue offering degrees to our Peoria community via an online / remote modality,” Kaluzny wrote in an email. “This format is consistent with what our students have been through since the onset of the (coronavirus) pandemic, and we are better able to meet their needs by leveraging our academic and technological strengths in this way.
“Our students will always be able to learn from expert professors at Roosevelt University statewide.”
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In a subsequent email, Kaluzny did not respond to questions regarding how many students are enrolled at Peoria, whether classes are held in Peoria, how many Peoria-based employees Roosevelt has, or how much space the school has. occupies at One Technology Plaza.
Based in downtown Chicago, where its main campus is located, Roosevelt’s local presence began last March. It was then that Roosevelt acquired Robert Morris University Illinois, which included a suburban Peoria campus.
Since this merger, Robert Morris Experiential College has been part of Roosevelt. The college offers university programs in culinary arts, health care, and information science, among other disciplines.
Robert Morris established a facility in Peoria in 2000. It was one of at least seven schools opened in Illinois since its founding in 1965 in Carthage. The residential campus in this Hancock County town closed in 1989.
In Peoria, Robert Morris had grown up to offer college sports, including baseball and football.
But by the time of the Roosevelt merger, the Robert Morris campuses had enrolled fewer than 2,000 students in total. This is a decrease of two thirds compared to the beginning of the century. In May 2019, Robert Morris announced the closure of its Springfield site.
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Roosevelt’s website lists three campuses: Chicago, Peoria, and Schaumburg. At the start of 2020, Roosevelt had approximately 6,400 students.
Robert Morris Illinois was not affiliated with Robert Morris University, a private school based in the suburbs of Pittsburgh.