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Northern Illinois University’s budget for the coming year will have a small surplus – even as the university faces falloffs in state aid and enrollment.

The Board voted unanimously on Thursday to adopt the FY 2015 budget; $425.8 million in expenses are projected, while revenue is expected to be around $426.6 million – a surplus of about $800,000.

University figures show that enrollment went down by over 500 students this fall, and that state aid was slightly lower than what NIU received last year.  To deal with the former problem, the board has assembled its own committee to work on recruitment and retention of students.

In the meantime, work on the Stevens Building will officially begin on Monday, with a visit by Gov. Pat Quinn.  He’ll attend the groundbreaking ceremony for an addition to the building, which has housed the anthropology department and the theater and dance schools; those facilities have for years been in the most dire need of replacement of any on campus.

The ceremony at the northeast corner of the Stevens Building will begin at 11:45 a.m.

Peyton James

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