Indiana State University has cut the ribbon on its $64 million Health and Human Services facility, the largest state-funded project in school history. The university has also announced it is transitioning the existing University Honors Program to an Honors College.

ISU says the College of Health and Human Services has grown to become the school's second-largest college, serving 2,700 undergraduates and nearly 750 graduate students. The facility will be ready for occupancy this spring. The second phase of the project, which includes renovation of classrooms and labs in the existing Arena building that dates back to the 1960s, is scheduled to be complete in spring 2019.

President Dan Bradley says, in addition to benefits for students and Indiana's workforce, the facility will "dramatically transform the appearance of our campus from Third Street and create a new main entrance to Indiana State."

Construction on the facility began in 2016. Major upgrades include technology, improved temperature control and more space for new academic programs. Executive Director for Governmental Relations Greg Goode says no project in school history "has ever come as close to the magnitude of this type of investment."

The board of trustee's vote to transition the honors program to an honors college is effective immediately .The school says the move will bring structure and institutional commitment in hopes of boosting ISU's profile and strengthening recruitment of high-achieving students. As part of the change, students completing the Honors College curriculum will graduate from both the college of their major and the Honors College.

In other business at Friday's meeting, ISU trustees approved a three-and-a-half-year contract for incoming President Deborah Curtis.