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Auburn University Executive Vice President Don Large told the Board of Trustees at its April 17 meeting that the $6 billion education budget passed by the Alabama Senate recently will likely result in level funding to the university. He recommended the board approve an approximately 2.5 percent tuition increase for in- and out-of-state students at Auburn and a 3 percent increase at Auburn University Montgomery for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The budget is currently with the Alabama House of Representatives, before it reaches the governor for final approval.

Since 2008, state appropriations to Auburn have dropped $100 million annually, leaving Large’s office to determine what he called “a fair and reasonable approach” to balancing an annual budget without burdening students.

Large said the administration and the board work closely to keep any tuition increase as small as possible while maintaining the academic quality the Auburn Family expects. He noted that Auburn’s increase is less than the rate at neighboring institutions, such as the University of Alabama, which recently approved a 3.5 percent tuition hike, and the University of Georgia, which passed a 9 percent increase.

Jimmy Rane, the board’s president pro tem, commended Large and his office for dealing with the budget constraints, saying “students and families will be much better off thanks to your efforts.”

Large said additional details on the budget will be presented at the June board meeting.

In other action, the board approved the following facilities projects:

- A renovation of Broun Hall, home of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, including upgrading classrooms, auditoriums, study and common areas, architectural finishes and electrical, mechanical and information technology system.

- Repairs and renovations to the President’s House, including replacing deteriorated building envelope components, interior architectural finishes, and mechanical and electrical system, as well as modernize the private living area of the home.

- Hiring Perkins + Will of Atlanta as architects and Brasfield & Gorrie of Birmingham, Alabama, as construction management for the new academic classroom and laboratory complex, which will be constructed where Parker and Allison Halls are currently.

- Hiring of Stacy Norman Architects of Auburn, with Ayers Saint Gross of Baltimore, Maryland, as architects and Hoar Program Management as construction management for the new School of Nursing facility, to be located on land at the corner of South Donahue Drive and Lem Morrison Drive. Hoar had been previously named construction management for the new pharmaceutical research lab to be built adjacent to the nursing building.

- The Architects Group of Mobile, Alabama, will be the architect for a project to create a space for the volleyball team in the Auburn Arena. The team locker rooms are currently in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum, but they play in the arena.

- The first phase of repairs and renovations to Cater Hall will commence this summer, with repairs to the foundation and replacing windows, siding and electrical and mechanical systems. The 100-year-old building was originally the home of the university president and now houses the Honors College.

- The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences received permission to create a streamside/wetland mitigation bank at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center.

- The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine will be permitted to create a walking path around the pond in the Auburn Research Park.