What you need to know
- Norfolk State University has a real treat in store for its students.
- They're all getting an iPad Pro with accessories, and AirPods Pro.
- Staff and faculty are also getting devices, and students can choose to buy their devices to keep at graduation for just $1.
The institute announced Thursday:
Norfolk State University (NSU) will launch the Spartan Innovation Academy program this fall, a new initiative that will provide students, faculty, and staff with access to industry-leading technology and specialized training for app development. NSU will be 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.
All students will be gifted an iPad Pro, AirPods Pro, an Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard. The offer is also being extended to faculty and select staff members, with a total of 6,000 products to be distributed during the fall semester. Not just for study, students will also have the opportunity to buy their devices to keep at graduation for just $1, and are being provided at no extra cost. NSU's new Spartan Innovation Academy builds on the work of Apple's HBCU C2 initiative. The school's president stated:
"The Spartan Innovation Academy program is all about giving students the tools they need to be successful in and outside of the classroom. The University is committed to access and affordability for all students. We know that providing access to powerful tools for learning will help ensure that our students will have a successful academic career while reducing the cost of obtaining a degree.