IU sees slight drop in system enrollment

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — Indiana University says its overall enrollment has dropped slightly at its seven campuses around the state.

The university's figures show it started the fall semester with 90,754 degree-seeking students, a decline of about 0.8% from a year ago.

The Herald-Times reports that IU's main campus in Bloomington saw its enrollment drop about 0.4% to 42,760 degree-seeking students. But the Bloomington campus has about 8,300 first-year undergraduate students this fall, which is an increase of about 2% from last fall semester.

IU says it set a statewide record with 22,068 degree-seeking minority students. University President Michael McRobbie says that reflected the school's work to recruit minority students and create welcoming campuses.

$40M grant boosting planned Purdue engineering complex

WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — Purdue University is receiving a $40 million Lilly Endowment grant toward construction of a new complex for engineering, technology and other programs.

The grant announced Tuesday will boost Purdue's planned $140 million Engineering and Polytechnic Gateway Complex on the West Lafayette campus. Purdue says the two buildings in the complex would include instructional laboratories, design studios and other collaborative spaces for students and researchers in science, technology, engineering and math programs.

Lilly Endowment Chairman N. Clay Robbins says it expects the project will help Purdue prepare students for careers in those STEM fields.

The state of Indiana is providing $60 million for constructing the complex, with $40 million more being raised from private donations. Construction is expected to begin next spring and be completed in fall 2022.

Talks planned for expanded gambling at tribal casino

SOUTH BEND (AP) — Indiana officials are going to start negotiating with a Native American tribe over allowing expanded gambling at its South Bend casino.

The Michigan-based Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians last month asked Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to open talks on an agreement in order to possibly add live table games, such as blackjack and roulette, and sports betting at its Four Winds South Bend Casino.

The casino opened in January 2018 but is limited under federal law to electronic games and a poker room without a state agreement. The tribe has such an agreement already for its three Michigan casinos.

Indiana Gaming Commission Sara Gonso Tait tells the South Bend Tribune that the state's negotiating committee hasn't yet been appointed and declined to comment on a time frame for the talks.

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