Kent State University’s board last week approved a five-year, $250 million capital plan to finance various improvements starting next year through 2016. Officials also said they would ask the state for $65 million in financing.

The board also voted to increase tuition by 3.5%. The Ohio Legislature last year gave state-funded schools the ability to raise tuition by 3.5% after lawmakers cut higher education funding by around 4%.

The board also approved a 2% pay raise for all non-union employees as part of Kent State’s $544 million 2011 budget.

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