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IU Board of Trustees to meet Thursday and Friday

The IU Board of Trustees will meet Thursday and Friday at IU-Purdue University Indianapolis for its first meeting of the academic year.

The Board of Trustees is IU’s governing board, legal owner and final authority, according to the board’s website. The board has nine members and meets six times a year on various IU campuses.

Among the items on the agenda are enrollment reports, new directions in academic advising and updates on the School of Informatics and Computing. Action items include approval of new degrees, a change in IU benefits for employees, an addition to Hodge Hall and a railroad crossing easement on Woodland Avenue.

On Thursday, the Academic Affairs and University Policies Committee and the University Relations Committee will meet.

The Academic Affairs and University Policies Committee meeting will begin with an update on the School of Informatics and Computing led by Robert Schnabel.

The update will include enrollment and diversity numbers, as well as new plans and development for the future.

The committee will then discuss the enrollment report led by John Applegate, executive vice president for university academic affairs; Andrea Ingle, associate director for university institutional research and reporting; and Christopher Foley, assistant vice president and director of the Office of Online Education.

After the enrollment report, Applegate; Rebecca Torstrick, IU-South Bend professor of sociology and anthropology; David Johnson, vice provost for enrollment management; and Dennis Groth, vice provost for undergraduate education, will discuss new directions in academic advising, a presentation reflecting on past academic advising and ways this team will go about improving it.

On Friday, the Finance, Audit and Strategic Planning Committee and the Facilities and Auxiliaries Committee will meet. The meeting will conclude with the Business Meeting, where voting on all action items will occur.

The Finance, Audit and Strategic Planning Committee meeting will begin with a request for approval for the resolution on domestic partner benefits, according to the agenda.

The change will affect employees with same-sex partners. It will end the provision of benefits given to same-sex marriage in 2001, a time when same-sex couples did not have the right to marry in the United States.

Since the Supreme Court ruling in June, the provision is no longer needed, according to the agenda. Therefore, the board will vote to get rid of that provision.

The Facilities and Auxiliaries Committee will discuss action items that include an addition to Hodge Hall and a railroad crossing easement on Woodland Avenue.

If approved, Hodge Hall will receive a 30,000-square foot addition to its north side. The addition will create space for extended career services for Kelley School of Business graduates by supporting functions such as receptions, interviews, counseling and job fairs, according to the agenda.

To create this space, the agenda states the addition will include a large reception space, multiple meeting and conference spaces and 
offices.

The project, to be funded by gifts through the IU Foundation, is estimated to cost $14 million.

The board will also discuss the approval of a railroad crossing easement on Woodlawn Avenue. This easement will be between 12th and 13th streets and will be used to install and maintain a railroad crossing.

To read the full agenda, visit trustees.iu.edu.

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