Grantham University, an online university, has announced that it will provide laptops at no additional cost to students enrolling in degree programs as part of its Summer of Learning program.
The pandemic exposed a glaring digital divide for students, leaving many students lacking the technology needed to participate in their courses. According to a new report by EDUCAUSE*, one in 10 college students reported that their primary learning device was not equipped to perform a task required for a course during the previous week. Grantham University is dedicated to closing the gap and increasing access to higher education by providing no-cost laptops to students.
“For 70 years, Grantham University has been committed to giving its students exceptional resources and support and this is just one more way to show our dedication to student success,” said Lindsay Bridgeman, interim president of Grantham University. “We want prospective students to know our mission is to give and do more for our learners, and we hope that by providing a laptop at no additional cost to degree-seeking students we can make higher education more accessible and change lives for the better.”
To qualify, students must complete the admission process and be admitted to an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree program and begin classes in July 2021. Admitted students in good academic standing will receive a Lenovo Windows 10 laptop fully equipped with the required software and access to Microsoft Office 365 through the Grantham student portal.