The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees has approved a $3.1 billion capital improvement plan for the system's five campuses, including nearly 290 million dollars for UMass Dartmouth. Spokesman John Hoey says the money will fund a wide range of projects, on and off campus.

Hoey says the money will be used for capital projects over the next three to five years. They include completion of renovations to the Clare T. Carney library, the construction of a bio-manufacturing center in Fall River, and a new academic building and renovations to older residential halls on campus.