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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz presents information on a proposed College of Engineering during a virtual board meeting on February 19, 2021.

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NORMAL — The Illinois Board of Higher Education will consider Illinois State University’s proposed College of Engineering at its meeting Tuesday.

The action element requests approval for the university and two departments: electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. Board documents say the university would house three majors in electrical, mechanical and general engineering.

The new university has been in development for more than a year, with the ISU board of trustees approval by the administration to officially move toward obtaining state approval last May.

“We are very excited to have this in the hands of the IBHE for their consideration and will await the board’s decision,” said ISU spokesman Eric Jome.

He said the request involved a lot of work from many people on campus, but the university would wait for a vote before commenting much further.

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The IBHE agenda for Tuesday includes a Presentation by ISU President Terri Goss Kinzy.

IBHE board documents say the proposal includes a focus on equity, including recruitment and opportunities for underrepresented groups in engineering, including people of color and women. That focus includes students as well as faculty and staff.

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