FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- Every first-time, full time freshman student at Kentucky State University this fall will receive a laptop computer.
This is part of the University’s new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), the goal of which is to equip students with the technology skills they need to be ready for work.
University President M. Christopher Brown II says faculty often noticed students were using their cell phones for class work instead of laptops.
He says some data suggests downloading textbooks on cell phones, rather than on a larger screen, could hurt student achievement.
“Providing first-time, full-time students with technology is a proven comprehensive approach toward increasing student academic achievement and improving faculty-student relationships. Additionally, the pervasive use of digital tools in K-12 settings must be continued at the collegiate level in order to cement technological proficiency and millennial problem-solving expectations,” President Brown said. “Our laptop initiative is one of several interventions being employed to accelerate academic outcomes at Kentucky State.”
The freshmen will receive Dell Latitude laptops with all the necessary application, anti-virus protection, and free technology help from Dell and the school.
Students are responsible for their laptops and must notify the University immediately if they are lost, stolen, or broken.
Students that graduate will be able to keep the laptops at no cost.