This week the Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness (OADI) and Information Technology (IT) partnered to launch a new pilot program providing Chromebooks to students from low-income backgrounds.
This semester, 15 Chromebooks are available for loan to students who do not have a personal computing device. Now in its pilot semester, the Chromebook loan program began when Paul Dionne, inclusive success coordinator, noticed that some students from low-income backgrounds did not have personal computing devices and were forced to do coursework on their cell phones or at campus computer labs.
Although the Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness’ Student Excellence and Leadership (SEL) Program provides some technology resources for participating students, those resources were not sufficient and not available to all students, says Paul.
As more courses at Beloit require an increased online presence for students both in and out of the classroom, Paul says he recognized the growing need and worked with IT Director Ann Gackstatter to create the Chromebook program. Students who borrow a Chromebook from IT have a sleek, laptop-style personal computing device they can use anywhere to more readily access course materials and to complete their coursework.
The program is expected to grow in coming semesters depending on outcomes and student need. The Chromebook program represents another step in OADI’s and IT’s efforts to ensure each student has the necessary resources at their disposal to be successful at Beloit. For more information or to request a Chromebook, contact Paul.