Syracuse University spends money on classroom, tech upgrades

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Syracuse University is catching up with technology.

The upstate New York campus is sinking more than $9 million in classroom and technology updates that officials hope will attract top students and faculty, according to the Central New York Business Journal.

As part of the new campus framework plan, work is already in progress this summer to improve classrooms, study spaces and teaching laboratories. The Division of Information Technology Services and Campus Planning, Design and Construction are collaborating on updating technology in more than a dozen buildings on campus.

“Providing a high-caliber environment that fosters learning, teaching and innovation is not only consistent with our Academic Strategic Plan, it’s also critical to attracting and retaining high-achieving students and world-class faculty scholars,” said Michele Wheatly, vice chancellor and provost, in a release on the school’s website.

“The classrooms of today need to be interactive, flexible and ready for collaboration — the latest audiovisual equipment, teaching aids and high-speed networks all enhance learning and the classroom,” officials continued.

There will be new “smart-teaching” stations equipped with smartboards, projection screens, speakers and USB ports for faculty to present class materials in innovative ways. There will also be audio and visual system upgrades, technology overhauls in classrooms and auditoriums, and new seminar and meeting rooms.

Syracuse is completing the work using a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, awarded last April.

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