ISU is telling the Board of Higher Education what it wants in state aid and capital project money for next year. That includes a 14.4% increase in general revenue and $264 million in projects. Board of Trustees member J.D. Bergman says don't expect much of it to come true.
In fact state aid dropped more than six percent for the current fiscal year. ISU President Al Bowman says requesting the unrealistic amounts is an important symbol to show state officials what higher education needs to operate. ISU continues continues to increase other revenue sources to make up for drops in state aid. The current complete budget for ISU is .1% higher than last year. The wish list going to the board of higher education also includes the same capital projects as the year before. Those include Milner Library rehabilitation, a new Mennonite College of Nursing building, replacements for the Laboratory Schools, and rehab of the College of Education facility.
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