The Norfolk State University (NSU) has announced a new ‘Spartan Innovation Academy program’ to equip students, faculty, and staff with Apple devices. Starting this fall, the new initiative will provide participants access to “industry-leading technology and specialized training for app development.” This makes NSU “the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to facilitate a campus-wide deployment of these Apple products to all students and faculty in a first-year program such as this one.”
Previously, The California State University (CSU) announced a new ‘California State University Connectivity Contributing to Equity and Student Success’ (CSUCCESS) program to provide 35,000 iPads with accessories bundles to students of Fall 2021.
NSU’s new initiative will provide students with the latest Apple devices to facilitate learning from any location
As announced by NSU President Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, the following devices to students, faculty, and select staff members during the Fall 2021 semester.
- iPad Pro with ultra-fast 5G speeds
- Apple Pencil
- Smart Keyboard Folio
- AirPods Pro with active noise cancellation
The largest HBCU in Virginia, NSU will distribute over 6,000 Apple devices to enable students “to access all aspects of the NSU academic enterprise and digitally engage with faculty, peers, administrators, and NSU learning platforms from any location.” Students will be allowed to keep the devices throughout their enrollment and they can purchase the device for $1 on graduating from the institute. Faculty and staff will be given the device at no cost.
Governor Ralph S. Northam said:
“This tremendous collaboration is all about investing in students at Norfolk State, one of Virginia’s leading universities. Apple’s work with Norfolk State will give students the physical tools they need to compete now—and the never-ending gift of confidence that come with knowing they deserve a chance to succeed. The Spartan Innovation Academy Program demonstrates the tremendous value, diversity, and opportunity that these students bring to the Commonwealth.”