Brooklyn Campus to Offer iPads to Current Students for Half Price
Long Island University initiative now includes all full-time undergraduates
Brian Harmon,Director of Public Relations
Long Island University
Brooklyn, N.Y. - In an effort to provide “cloud computing” and mobile communications technology to as many students as possible, Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus is expanding its iPad Initiative by offering Apple iPads to all full-time undergraduate students for $250, approximately half the retail cost. The University will underwrite the rest of the cost.
Offering convenience and portability, the tablet devices will enhance students’ abilities to connect with classmates, faculty members and advisers; organize, store and share files, assignments and presentations; access their academic and financial aid records; download digital books; take notes in class; and conduct research online.
The iPads will be available to current sophomores, juniors and seniors who completed at least 24 credits during the 2009-2010 academic year and who have registered for at least 12 credits in the Spring 2011 semester.
Students who participate in the program can spread the $250 charge over four payments during the fall semester. Students will receive their iPads during late October, once they have registered for spring classes.
"We are delighted to put this cutting-edge device in our students' hands," said Gale Stevens Haynes, provost of the Brooklyn Campus. "This initiative reflects our ongoing commitment to ensure that our students get access to the latest tools to enable them to learn, to compete and to thrive in our rapidly evolving world."
The University introduced the iPad Initiative in July, announcing that incoming freshmen and transfer students would receive the devices at no cost. To prepare for this pilot program, the University updated its wireless infrastructure, investing $100,000 to create additional access points at its six campuses in the New York metro area.
The Center for Student Information on each campus will organize the distribution of the iPads and will provide basic training to help students learn to access the University network and to set up iTunes, e-mail accounts and other functions.
The iPad Initiative is part of the University's ongoing investments in educational technology. Over the past seven years, the University has upgraded its high-speed, fiber-optic network; introduced blended and online degree programs; implemented industry-leading Web learning software and course management systems; and introduced Web-based student services.
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