Ball State University's board of trustees says it will adopt a 1.25 percent tuition increase, which the school says is its lowest increase in more than 40 years. The university also says it will move forward with the $87.5 million STEM and Health Professions Facility expansion project after state funding approval.

The board will officially consider the tuition increase for Indiana resident undergraduate students at its June 7 meeting.

The school is also able to advance several projects thanks to Indiana lawmakers approving 3.2 percent and 1.7 percent increases for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 fiscal years, respectively. 

Phase II of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and Health Professions Facility Expansion Project includes an $87.5 million facility. The university says the effort will provide students "with educational opportunities in cutting-edge environments that stimulate the worlds in which they will work after graduation."

A $62.5 million health professions building, currently in the competitive bidding stage, will include classrooms, laboratories, offices, simulation suites and clinical spaces. Construction is expected to start late next month.

In January, the school named Geoffrey Mearns its 17th president. He previously served as president of Northern Kentucky University. He will begin his new job with the school May 15.