Indiana State University is asking the state Commission for Higher Education for $64 million to expand and upgrade a building for its College of Nursing, Health and Human Services. The school says it needs more room to meet the state's emphasis on the life sciences. August 28, 2014
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Indiana State University is seeking funding to expand and upgrade facilities for its fastest growing college.
University trustees on Thursday agreed to request $64 million in state capital improvement funds for the 2015-17 biennium to finance renovation and expansion of the College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services Building.
The college has launched six new health care programs since 2011 and has seen enrollment nearly double since 2008.
A renovated and expanded building is needed to provide academic space for the college’s programs to provide adequate training for health care professionals, to meet growing demand, and to support the state's emphasis on life sciences, said Diann McKee, vice president for business affairs and finance.
“In addition to bringing classrooms, labs and meeting space into the 21st century, this investment would result in a facility where faculty are able to work across disciplines and with medical, health and human service professionals to address some of Indiana's most pressing health needs,” McKee said. ”The state's investment in a renovated facility for the college also serves as an investment in better health care for our state.”
The Nursing, Health, and Human Services Building serves as the hub of health promotion and social wellness for the Indiana State University campus and Wabash Valley residents, she added. The facility was constructed in 1961 and expanded in 1986. The proposed expansion would add 87,000 square feet to the 293,846 square foot structure.
The funding request will be submitted to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the State Budget Agency.
Indiana State trustees also approved a change in the university’s fee waiver for dependents of faculty and staff to include dependents of full-time, benefits eligible persons employed the day before classes begin for the semester. The previous policy required employees to have one year of service to be eligible for the dependent waiver.
Source: Indiana State University