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Inaugural CSUCCESS Event a Great Success

CSUSM's inaugural CSUCCESS event, which took place on campus on Aug. 24-25, was a great success. Over 1100 new students drove through and picked up their Apple bundles (iPad Air, Keyboard Folio, and Apple Pencil) in a seamless process that saw them safely receive their equipment without having to exit their vehicles.

 

 

CSUCCESS (California State University Connectivity Contributing to Equity and Student Success) is a bold initiative to enhance student achievement and create more equitable opportunities for the CSUSM community by providing industry-leading technology. During the first phase of this new initiative, CSUSM, along with seven other participating CSU campuses, will offer every eligible new first-year and transfer student an opportunity to register for a new iPad technology bundle, putting the tools for success in their hands.

  • Eligible students (incoming freshmen and transfer) who did not participate in the CSUCCESS event should register using the "Register for an iPad" link.
     
  • iPads are available for pick up at the IITS Help Desk. In order to get your iPad you must:
                1. already have reserved an iPad
                2. have your digital ID available
                3. know your CSUSM password and
                4. have the DUO app
  • We can mail your iPad to you if you live over 90 miles away and we are able to contact you and verify your identity. Please email csuccess@csusm.edu with your mailing request. If you live less than 90 miles away, you are expected to pick it up in person.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is Cal State offering this program?

    Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, students indicated a lack of access to a computer or mobile device as an obstacle in the way of their achievement. CSUCCESS (California State University Connectivity Contributing to Equity and Student Success) represents the CSU’s commitment to closing equity gaps and providing high-quality and reliable personal computing devices to support academic achievement. 

    During the pandemic, the CSU worked to address part of this challenge by investing more than $18 million to purchase more than 21,000 laptops and tablets and 10,000 mobile Wi-Fi hotspots for students, in addition to loaning out several millions of dollars' worth of existing equipment.

    Ongoing challenges of the pandemic require campuses to continue to deliver some courses virtually, posing persistent barriers to student success. These tools will help eliminate barriers and improve student success and equitable graduation outcomes, which are among the CSU’s highest priorities.

  • Who is eligible to receive a new iPad?

    All new first-year and transfer students entering CSUSM during the fall 2021 term are eligible, but students must submit a request form. There are no income-based eligibility requirements. Students may self-identify their need by submitting a request.

  • How do students request a device?

    Eligible students (incoming freshmen and transfer) who did not participate in the CSUCCESS event should register using the link above and will receive information on how they can pick up their Apple bundle from the IITS Help Desk once the semester starts.  

     

  • What do students receive?
    Students will receive:
    • 64 GB iPad Air
    • Apple Smart Keyboard Folio
    • Apple Pencil
    • Student technology support from their campus

    Note: With a keyboard attachment and pencil, this technology bundle is comparable to a laptop.

  • When do students receive their devices?

    Eligible students (incoming freshmen and transfer) who did not participate in the CSUCCESS event should register using the link above and will receive information on how they can pick up their Apple bundle from the IITS Help Desk once the semester starts.  

     

  • Can students be mailed their device?
    We can mail your iPad to you if you live over 90 miles away and we are able to contact you and verify your identity. Please email cio@csusm.edu with your mailing request. If you live less than 90 miles away, you are expected to pick it up in person.
  • Who owns the device? Do students keep it after graduation?

    The CSU loans the device to students for the duration of their education at the CSU. Upon graduation, students will be asked to return their device. Devices are provided on a loaned basis so as not to impact students’ financial aid.

     

  • Who helps students with set-up and IT questions?

    Students will receive technology support from CSUSM's IITS department.

     

  • Will students need to have Wi-Fi access to use the device?

    Students will need to connect to Wi-Fi to get on the internet, make calls and send/receive emails on their iPads. The iPads are Wi-Fi only models and are not equipped with cellular data service.

    CSU campuses continue to expand outdoor and parking lot access, and the CSU is exploring new partnership opportunities for student access in public spaces. The CSU continues to work with both public and private partners to support expansion of broadband access across the State of California.

  • What happens if the device is damaged or lost?

    Students are advised to contact IITS for support if equipment is damaged. If equipment is stolen, it is the student’s responsibility to report it to the police and communicate with campus. In some cases, IITS staff may be able to disable the device remotely, making it unusable until returned. Students are advised to contact IITS for information about replacing a damaged or lost device.

  • Does the university track students’ usage on the device? What data will be collected?

    The CSU will not be monitoring students’ day-to-day activities on the iPads. However, each app has a privacy statement that explains how it collects and uses information.

    That said, CSU campuses do monitor network traffic, and the mobile device management system will have the ability to alert IITS staff if the student does something illegal or downloads an app not found in the official Apple App Store.

    Students should refer to their campus’ Student Technology Agreement and Privacy Statement.

  • What if students need to use assistive technology?

    Students should contact IITS for resources on assistive technology needs. The Disability Support Services office may also be a resource.

    Apple also has a variety of accessibility resources (link is external) linked to iPad.

  • Why aren’t all CSU campuses participating?

    Many campuses have existing device loan programs in place (library laptop loaners, for example) to serve as an alternative, or in concert with CSUCCESS, to ensure that students have the tools they need to succeed. The CSU has invited all campuses to participate and is actively seeking resources to fund additional phases to expand the initiative to more new and current students on more campuses. 

  • Why are only first-year and new transfer students eligible?

    The program is focused on new students, who need more support as they begin their college careers, particularly in light of the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Future phases of CSUCCESS could include returning students.​


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