The California State University (CSU) has announced a new ‘California State University Connectivity Contributing to Equity and Student Success’ (CSUCCESS) program. Under the new community building initiative, the university plans to provide industry-leading technology to students. Therefore, it will give 35,000 iPad plus accessories bundles to students of upcoming Fall 2021.
In 2020, Apple updated the iPad Air is powered by A14 Bionic built on a 5nm process, offers a six-core CPU, comes in a new design flat edge-to-edge design language, an all-screen display, single rear camera, a Touch ID embedded into a button on the side, USB-C port, Wi-Fi 6 and LTE variants, and more. The tablet is compatible with Magic Keyboard and the second-generation Apple Pencil that makes it the first iPad outside of Apple’s Pro tablet range to use this new stylus. All the features make it a suitable device for students.
iPad Air will facilitate the educational journey of 35,000 CSU first-year students
As per the announcement, all incoming incoming first-year and new transfer students who will participate in the initiative will be given a tech bundle including iPad Air, Apple Pencil, and Apple Smart Keyboard Folio, across the CSU eight campuses: Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Maritime Academy, Northridge and San Marcos. The participants will keep the iPad bundle throughout their undergraduate experience at the university.
The new initiative is designed to equip students with equity gaps with the technological tools they will need in their educational journey. The CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro. said;
“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.”
Excited to support 35,000 students’ higher educational goals, Susan Prescott, Apple’s Vice President of Education and Enterprise Marketing said;
“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,” said “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.”
Apple aspires to be more than just a tech manufacturer, it wants to build communities, especially by providing opportunities to unrepresented groups in the United States. The company introduced the ‘Launch@Apple Mentorship program‘ in the United States for (citizens and immigrants) the first-generation college students in selected majors to receive mentorship, is in partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, runs Community Education Initiative, and partner with Boys and Girls clubs of Atlantic City for productive after-school programs, and others.