ISU Approves Budget, Teaching Program

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The minors, being offered through the Scott College of Business, will begin this fall. The minors, being offered through the Scott College of Business, will begin this fall.
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Indiana State University trustees have approved operating budgets for the 2018-2019 fiscal year totaling $195.3 million in projected revenue and expenses. The school has also given the go-ahead to a middle school mathematics major designed to address the shortage of middle school math teachers.

ISU's current mathematics teaching major requires 82 credit hours for licensure for grades five through 12, and 101 credits for the elementary education major coupled with a middle school math minor. The new major will require 69 credit hours. The program begins in the fall.

The new budget includes a 1.5 percent across-the-board increase for employees with good performance reviews as well as faculty and staff target salary programs. It also includes a 1.5 percent increase in student wages and 2 percent bump in student scholarships.

The board also approved a resolution naming the football practice field after Jack and Joyce Rentschler, in honor of a final gift agreement with the ISU foundation. The Rentschlers attended the Indiana State Teachers College in the 1950s. The school will also split its current bachelor's in human and environmental systems and its bachelor's in earth and environmental systems into two majors each.

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