Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

NAFEO, University System of Maryland Team Up on Laptops

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

NAFEO, University System of Maryland Team Up on Laptops

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COLLEGE PARK, MD.

The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) and the University System of Maryland (USM) have announced a $1.2 million USM "Digital Divide Initiative" (DDI) grant to Coppin State College, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Bowie State University. The schools are three of the four historically Black institutions in Maryland.

The grant will provide $400,000 to each institution and will finance the purchase of nearly 900 specially priced laptop computers, using a NAFEO/Gateway Computers agreement, for use by students with significant financial need. Eligible students will either own the computer for the duration of their time at the institution, or be able to check out a laptop from the library on a per-semester basis.

"Today a computer is an absolute necessity in any college environment," says Dr. Frederick S. Humphries, president and CEO of NAFEO. "The USM grant to these historically Black colleges represents a great start toward closing the digital divide for low-income students. If you don't have easy access to a computer, you don't have equal access to a college education. …

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