Apple is making its contribution to education with its collaboration with California State University. To kick off the university’s CSUCCESS program, they are providing iPad Air devices. Up to 35,000 first-year and new transfer students are eligible for the program. Also, CSU posted the announcement today indicating that these students will receive their iPad Air Bundle. More so, this bundle consists of an iPad Air, an Apple Pencil, and a Smart Keyboard Folio.
California State University (CSU) announced today the launch of the first phase of CSUCCESS. This stands for California State University Connectivity Contributing to Equity and Student Success. From the name itself, it aims to enhance student achievement and provide more learning opportunities. This is through the use of high quality devices.
The initiative will take effect starting this upcoming fall 2021 term offering to eight campuses. These campuses then include Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Maritime Academy, Northridge and San Marcos. All incoming first-year and new transfer students who registered to the program will be given the iPad bundle. Moreover, they can use this for their entire undergraduate degree at CSU.
The CSUCCESS is one of the many actions of the university to “bridge the equity divide”. Given the significant change that happened within the educational system, the university believes that their students must be equipped. They aim to increase technology access for students to be successful in a virtual learning set-up. And the iPad bundle is something that is used and may be used more often in universities.
“CSUCCESS will assure that students have immediate access to innovative, new mobile tools they need to support their learning, particularly when faced with the lingering effects of the pandemic. The new initiative will establish a foundation for their achievement and has the potential to play a key role in eliminating stubborn equity gaps among our talented and diverse students. In addition to truly addressing equity and access, we see iPad Air as a powerful tool to prepare our students for their future careers.”CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro.
Reason Behind The Action
According to their site, CSU is home to 50% of undergraduates that receive Pell Grants or financial aid. Additionally, one-third of this population also represent the first in their family to pursue a bachelor’s degree. We can assume that it is also difficult for these students to keep up with the demands of virtual learning. Consequently, not everyone in the university has the capability to provide internet access and devices like iPad for themselves.
This is making the initiative of CSU and Apple more significant at this time. Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of education and enterprise marketing, also added:
At Apple, we believe that education is a powerful force for equity and opportunity, and that technology can empower all students to achieve their goals. We’re thrilled that iPad Air and the incredible education apps in the App Store will be central to the experience at CSU campuses across California, and will play a part in the learning and career development of students from Humboldt to San Marcos.Susan Prescott