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May 16, 2008

Dell Laptops: Head of the Class in Colleges and Universities

By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor

Dell (News - Alert) is making the grade in colleges and universities today as a number of them turn to the computer maker to supply laptops for their students.

As the world becomes increasingly mobile, the need for laptops while on the go has also become common on the college campus.
In support of this increased mobility, and to make it affordable for their students, a number of colleges and universities are using Dell laptops t
"We want to consistently assure that our students are provided the best possible tools while here at Ivy Tech," said Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder. "Partnering with Dell allows us to offer our students access to the technology that will help them succeed."
Quinnipiac University has also chosen to work with Dell for its laptop program, now in its fifth year campus-wide, for its approximately 1,500 incoming freshmen students.

"The ability to bring Dell mobile technology into the classroom has expanded the teaching and learning experience, allowing for more active engagement and increased connectivity between students and faculty," said Dr. Richard Ferguson, vice president and chief information and technology officer, Quinnipiac University.

Other universities also working with dell to provide their students with mobile capabilities include Case Western University, who's medical school also has a partnership with Dell to provide 170 incoming students with a Dell laptop as part of the program, and Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, who is working with Dell for their new school-wide Acadia Advantage 2.0 program to reinforce the importance of technology in the overall learning and teaching experience.
"In today's campus environment, students demand laptops that can deliver value and performance for a number of uses, including class assignments, research, gaming and music," said John Mullen, vice president, Dell Higher Education.
"Dell is committed to working with educational institutions to help simplify access to the innovative technology that drives the learning experience every day."

Earlier this month, Dell made headlines when their high-performance Computer Installed at Purdue University (News - Alert). The HPCC will serve faculty and students doing research in fields such as engineering, math and physics.

“This new supercomputer will enhance Purdue’s research capabilities and support our efforts to make significant advances in a variety of areas, from designing new drugs and materials to learning the structures of disease-causing viruses," said Gerry McCartney, Purdue’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer.

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