California State University to provide Apple iPad Air units to 35,000 students across eight campuses

​​​The California State University (CSU) today announced the launch of the first phase of CSUCCESS (California State University Connectivity Contributing to Equity and Student Success), a bold initiative to enhance student achievement and create more equitable opportunities for the CSU community by providing industry-leading technology. As part of the initial phase which kicks off with the upcoming fall 2021 term at eight campuses​, the CSU will offer an iPad Air, Apple Pencil and Apple Smart Keyboard Folio to all incoming first-year and new transfer students who register to participate in the initiative. Students will be provided with this iPad bundle for the entirety of their undergraduate experience at the CSU.

iPad Air is incredibly versatile, featuring support for Magic Keyboard with built-in trackpad and Apple Pencil, which attaches magnetically for easy pairing, charging, and storing.
Apple’s iPad Air is incredibly versatile, featuring support for Magic Keyboard with built-in trackpad and Apple Pencil, which attaches magnetically for easy pairing, charging, and storing.

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

“CSUCCESS will assure that students have immedi​ate access to innovative, new mobile tools they need to support their learning, particularly when faced with the lingering effects of the pandemic,” said CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro, in a statement. “The new initiative will establish a foundation for their achievement and has the potential to play a key role in eliminating stubborn equity gaps among our talented and diverse students. In addition to truly addressing equity and access, we see iPad Air as a powerful tool to prepare our students for their future careers.”

Nearly half of all CSU undergraduates receive Pell Grants — demonstrating financial need­ — and nearly one-third are the first in their family to pursue a bachelor’s degree. The CSU works to prepare California’s workforce in many of the state’s key industries. For example, each year the CSU prepares more of California’s teachers than any other institution, and approximately four percent of all teachers prepared in the nation. Nursing and healthcare are also areas of focus for the university, with CSU campuses conferring more than 3,000 degrees on new nurses annually.

Over the course of the past year, the CSU helped bridge the equity divide by increasing critical technology access to ensure student success in a virtual learning environment. While the CSU plans to offer the majority of instruction in person beginning in the fall term, some courses will be offered virtually, by necessity, due to ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. ​CSUCCESS will help by providing students with tools to participate in a virtual learning environment. The new CSUCCESS initiative builds on previous efforts to address the issue at scale by partnering with a global technology leader at the university-wide level to provide a high-quality, reliable device for new students.

“At Apple, we believe that education is a powerful force for equity and opportunity, and that technology can empower all students to achieve their goals,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s Vice President of Education and Enterprise Marketing, in a statement. “We’re thrilled that iPad Air and the incredible education apps in the App Store will be central to the experience at CSU campuses across California, and will play a part in the learning and career development of students from Humboldt to San Marcos.”

As the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with eight of its campuses (Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Maritime Academy, Northridge and San Marcos) participating in the first phase, CSUCCESS will mark one of the largest programs of its kind, with the potential to serve up to 35,000 students across California.

“I am convinced that true and consistent student success depends on having a modern, and more importantly, reliable, computing device in our students’ possession beginning on day one and continuing throughout their college experience,” added Castro. “We aspire to have additional phases of the initiative that will expand access in the future to more new and current students at other CSU campuses.”

The program is an important component in the CSU’s efforts to recover from the pandemic and improve student success while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps as part of Graduation Initiative 2025.

Visit the CSUCCESS website for additional information about the program here.

MacDailyNews Take: Congratulations, California State University students!


  1. I have the previous generation of this, which includes a much more reasonably priced keyboard. (The Air isn’t what is pictured above, btw, that is the Pro and a different overpriced keyboard.)

    I find the Air and Keyboard to be highly useful for multitasking, even when it sits next to my mac. Sometimes it is just psychologically better to have different things on seperate screens – it helps remind me when a distraction is a distraction. My primary task doesn’t get lost under a browser window. The iPad can be a great tool – I hope they use it sensibly.

    Still, I think the unreasonable price for the keyboard feeds into Apple’s negative reputation though.

        1. It is so quaint that you think yours is the one and only religion.

          It is sad that your behavior displays the exact opposite of what almost every recognized religion holds up as virtuous. See you in hell, punk.

    1. 77% of the CSU students who listed a racial identity are members of the white race. Why would they hate the white race? For that matter, why would the other 23%, including the 16% who are Asian-Pacific Americans or the 4% who are African-American?

      I do not expect a rational answer from the guy who told us that NFL is for “Negro Football League.”

  2. Meanwhile California, broke again, has just passed a law guaranteeing medical care to illegal aliens, and is look for new revenue enhancement opportunities, aka taxes, even though they are the highest taxed state in the nation and people are getting out as quickly as possible. And even though we have an election coming up in November, the Democrats are at it again, screwing the election process by forcing the Newsom recall to a special election in September hopefully that no one will even hear about.

    1. Most of what you wrote is just utter nonsense. The state is NOT broke (there are record surpluses this year), there is NO mass exodus and the irony of singling out Democrats for “screwing the election process” is laughable.

      As for guaranteeing medical care for the undocumented, would you rather they simply died in the streets? (Wait, don’t answer that.) Everyone is guaranteed emergency care regardless of ability to pay or immigration status; what California is doing is letting people without insurance (or citizenship) visit doctors or clinics without tying up ERs for routine care. I don’t see the problem with that.

      1. ALL of what you wrote is utter nonsense. Illegals should go home or be forcibly deported, they’ve destroyed dozens of ERs over the years which they use as primary care, no one reimburses the hospital so they close the ER, then no one gets care there. California IS BROKE, trillions of dollars in unfunded pension liabilities promised to tens of thousands of state bureaucrats and cops/firefighters who retire at 50. The state is in a death spiral thanks to LEFTISTS, they are like locust. Any sensible state would forbid Californians from taking up residency with guns drawn.

        1. Nick/Goeb:
          First, immigration isn’t a left/right issue. The strongest supporters for open borders are US corporations, many of them highly conservative in your view.

          Second, per current US law, any person who requests asylum is not “illegal”. They are protected by law until immigration courts can verify their application. If you don’t like that system, you should have asked Do Nothing McConnell to stop blocking all immigration reform. You should also know that conservative organizations like churches are at the front line providing humanitarian aid to them, which you probably consider an undesirable attraction to more immigrants. Good luck trying to convince charities to not extend simple christian decency the way the good book instructs.

          Third, the US agricultural lobby pushes hard for worker visas in order for you to eat food grown in the USA. They know that couch surfing native-born US youth are overwhelmingly too lazy to work a physical job. Same with construction. Do you have a different solution for the US Chamber of Commerce lobby? Forced labor for US kids?

          Fourth, US law is so antiquated that anyone born in the USA is automatically a citizen. Because your party refuses to fix that arcane law, the USA will always have tourists come to America to have their children. Totally legal. Their children will be documented, and there is no legitimate means you can try to force a legal citizen to leave.

          We get the fact that you hate multiculturalism, but the GOP has done precisely nothing other than blast heated rhetoric on your media channels Certainly nothing to resolve the root issues. All your whining isn’t going to stop the immigration situation.

          Also, if you think good enforcement is tall fences, you should know that a substantial percentage of immigrants without legal papers simply fly in and overstay their tourist visa. If you actually wanted to be efficient about removing them, you would crack down on their corporate employers who have knowingly given housing or jobs to non-citizens after their visa expired.

          The term is non-citizens, not illegals. The word illegal describes actions, not people. If you exceed the speed limit, do we call you an Illegal Driver? No, we call you Speedy Gonzales and wonder why you care so much about place of birth but you have no respect for safety laws in your native country.

      2. I’d rather the illegal trespassers stay where they belong, but if they DO invade my homeland, they should be prevented from receiving any medical care here at all.

        1. What is your opinion about the non-Christian Middle Eastern foreigner who promoted socialist notions like “love your neighbor as yourself” and answered the question, “Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?” with “Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”

        2. Hey TxUseful Idiot,

          “Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?”

          What twisted version of the bible did THAT come from? My bible doesn’t say that!

        3. Your Bible does not say that because you are not looking at Matthew 25:44 in a copy of the Authorized Version (King James Bible). How about this, from the New American Bible:

          25:41 Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ 44 Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ 45 He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ 46 And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

        4. Hey TxUseful Idiot,

          “25:41 Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

          Don’t you know that when he was talking about “to those on his left,” he was talking about commie bastards.

        5. I do not like talking about my faith, since that is between me and God, but my seminary is not in the habit of awarding Master of Pastoral Theology degrees to pagans. Nor do I believe that I fit the description of those who are hell-bound, according to Jesus in the Gospel According to Matthew. You should ask yourself if it applies to you.

          The passage talks about the duty that each of us, as a human being, owes to other human beings in need. It does not exempt government officials from the duty or non-Americans from their care. Obviously, there is a duty to seek the greatest good for the greatest number, which requires using prudential judgement, but that does not entitle anyone to hate their fellow-human, even those who do not reciprocate as we might wish.

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