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Published January 31, 2014, 11:20 AM

UND raising $6 million for shared spaces

UND is going to begin raising $6 million after being granted permission by the State Board of Higher Education to create more collaborative learning spaces on campus.

By: Anna Burleson, Grand Forks Herald

UND is going to begin raising $6 million after being granted permission by the State Board of Higher Education to create more collaborative learning spaces on campus.

Spokesman Peter Johnson said there are no concrete plans for fundraising or even for the types of spaces they’re going to create, but that they wanted the board’s permission to start raising money for something they could achieve, rather than for something the board could then later turn down.

“It allows us to start envisioning,” he said.

The space, or multiple spaces, will be similar to the school’s current lounges and collaborative learning rooms, but will be designed with the idea of giving students spaces where they feel comfortable learning and teaching each other.

“It’s kind of like the kind of space you could find in a student union, but it’s going to be more defined than ‘Here’s a bunch of couches and TVs,’” Johnson said.

President Robert Kelley also spoke at the SDBE meeting and said progress on other expansion projects, like the new medical and law school buildings, are on schedule.

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