University of Notre Dame Leverages Polycom Video Systems To Enable Executive MBA Distance Learning Program

June 13, 2002

Polycom(R), Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM) recently announced The University of Notre Dame has standardized on Polycom’s industry-leading ViewStation(R) video communications systems and Video Multipoint Control Unit (MCU) to facilitate its Executive Education programs. In addition, Notre Dame recently honored Polycom with the Partner in Innovation Award for its instrumental role in providing the technology used to create the Executive MBA program’s award-winning distance learning component.

“Polycom is honored to be recognized by such a prestigious institution and we are proud our video communications technology has had such a positive impact on Notre Dame’s distance learning programs,” said Michael Baker, senior director of vertical markets for Polycom. “By leveraging the power of interactive video communications, Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business has significantly expanded the reach of its Executive MBA program. It’s exciting to play a part in enabling such a dynamic distance-learning program.”

Through the use of interactive video communications, Notre Dame’s prestigious Mendoza College of Business is able to deliver its Executive MBA program well beyond its campus location in South Bend, IN. The school has deployed Polycom’s ViewStation and VS4000(TM) endpoints in its remote and on-campus classrooms and uses Polycom’s Video MCU to connect the sites to the main campus. The school currently offers classes in states throughout the Midwest.

“Our Executive MBA is an intensive, fast-paced program and our executive students are in demanding careers,” said Leo Burke, associate dean and director of executive education at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. “This requires the technology we use to deliver the program to be of the highest quality and extremely reliable. Polycom’s systems have played an integral role in expanding our Executive MBA program and enabled us to offer a meaningful and seamless educational experience to a broader audience of adult students.”