The Maryland Education Enterprise Consortium (MEEC) has signed a new statewide agreement with Microsoft that has saved the state tens of millions of dollars each year for the past 10 years in licensing educational technology.
This renewed commitment extends to 2015 the agreement initially signed in 1999, giving more than 250 Maryland public, federal and private, K-12-and-higher education institutions, and more than 1.4 million students, access to Microsoft cloud and on-premise solutions at a discounted price, among other services.
MEEC agreement makes Microsoft technologies, such as Windows operating system, Office, Exchange Server and SharePoint Server as well as virtualization, infrastructure and security solutions, available to MEEC member institutions. In addition, MEEC offers Live@edu cloud-based communications and collaboration solution to schools statewide as part of an agreement signed in 2008.
Many schools across Maryland, including the Community College of Baltimore County, Montgomery County Public Schools, Carroll County Public Schools, Goucher College, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, John Carroll School and Salisbury University, are part of the growing roster of schools enjoying the cost-saving benefits of the Microsoft agreement. Currently, 90% schools in Maryland are utilizing Microsoft techs as part of the consortium agreement.
CCBC, one of the largest colleges in the consortia, has three campuses and three extension centers with over 74,000 students and 2,678 faculty and staff. Today CCBC continues to offer many Microsoft products, including Live@edu, to its students as its official means of college communications and a key component of class work.
CCPS has 44 schools with over 25,000 students and has been able to take advantage of very considerable cost savings as a result of the partnership between MEEC and Microsoft.
[Source: Microsoft Press]