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ISU board approves lease agreement for startup incubator space

NORMAL (WEEK) — The Illinois State University Board of Trustees approved several plans Friday (July 26), including a new master’s degree program for computer science.

The new program will focus on advanced concepts in computer science and leading-edge applications. The board says the master’s program will provide opportunities for students interested in the technical side of computing.

They expect to have 50 students in the program each year.

The board also approved a lease for space in the Trail East building set for uptown Normal. ISU plans to put a startup incubator inside the space once the building is ready.

It has the goal of promoting technology innovation, entrepreneurship and local economic development. The university will sign a lease agreement with Bush Construction Company with annual payments of $168,000 per year.

Drew Veskauf

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