Historically Black Kentucky State University has announced that it will present a laptop computer to all first-time, full-time entering students this coming fall. Each student will receive a Dell Latitude laptop with Windows 10 and Microsoft Office software.
M. Christopher Brown, president of Kentucky State University, said that he noticed students using their cellphones to access digital information resources such as textbooks. Research has shown that downloading textbooks on cell phones rather than larger visible devices can hinder student achievement.
President Brown explains that “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.”
The laptops will have a four-year warranty. Students who complete their studies and graduate from Kentucky State with no financial obligations will receive a title transfer for ownership of their laptop upon graduation.