UMaine Announces $2.5 Million in Technology Upgrades

To increase its learning capabilities and expand technological offerings, NEC member the University of Maine (UMaine) will undertake more than $2.5 million in IT upgrades this summer.

Most of the funds will be used to enhance existing classroom space to maximize the university’s video-lecture and distance learning capabilities. 180 of the university system’s 263 classrooms will receive upgrades following a decision from the board of trustees to develop continuity plans that enable UMaine to host in-person classes in accordance with public health guidance. UMaine is currently working on a proposal to reopen institutions of higher education across the state to present to Governor Janet Mills (D-ME).

“Our commitment to meet our students where they are and serve them safely must be met with investments in our technology infrastructure,” said UMS Chancellor Dannel Malloy. “The upgrades we are making this summer will give us more options for offering face-to-face instruction on campus this fall and more opportunities to extend the classroom experience to students remotely and at times that fit their work and family obligations.”

The New England Council commends UMaine’s efforts to create innovative solutions to meet the needs of its students. Read more in MaineBiz.

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