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Updated: February 7, 2022 @ 8:24 am
CSUCCESS is run through the IT Center for equitable digital access. (Spencer Otte/Daily Titan)

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CSUCCESS is run through the IT Center for equitable digital access. (Spencer Otte/Daily Titan)
Incoming spring 2022 students and new transfers are eligible to borrow a technology bundle through a new program on campus — California State University Connectivity Contributing to Equity and Student Success, also known as CSUCCESS — which aims to promote digital equity and enhance student success. 
Eligible students can request either an iPad Air, Apple Pencil and Apple Smart Keyboard Folio bundle  or a Microsoft Surface Laptop Go, as part of the ongoing CSUF TitanWare program. Students are able to keep the devices through the duration of their academic career at a CSU. 
The CSU launched the CSUCCESS program in partnership with Apple after students throughout the state reported difficulties accessing online instruction due to inadequate internet connection and other technological issues.
 The program began in fall 2021 with eight participating universities — CSU Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Maritime Academy, Northridge and San Marcos. This semester, Fullerton, along with Dominguez Hills, Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, San Bernardino and Sonoma have joined the initiative. 
The CSU invested $18,000,000 to purchase over 21,000 laptops and tablets and 10,000 wifi hotspots, making it the largest and widest-reaching device distribution program within the CSU. Since the program began, it has provided iPads to nearly 30,000 students.
“The CSUCCESS program is one way for us to remove barriers to success for our diverse and talented students so they feel supported and empowered to focus on their academics,” said Joseph Castro, the CSU chancellor, in a press release. “Reliable, modern technology builds a foundation for achievement and can transform opportunities for our students statewide.”
The iPad bundles and Microsoft laptops were purchased with one-time Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds, said Rommel Hidalgo, the associate vice president for the Information Technology Department. An initial batch of 1,000 iPad Air bundles were purchased by the university for the CSUCCESS program.
Hidalgo said that eligible students were contacted and invited to register for the program via a web forum that can also be found on the CSUF-CSUCCESS website. As of Feb. 4, around 800 students have picked up bundles. 
Hidalgo said that the university only has funds to support the program for the spring 2022 semester and that they are waiting to hear about additional funding for the program in the fall from the chancellor’s office. 
According to the CSUCCESS FAQ, future phases of the program may open up eligibility to returning students as well as first-years and transfers. 
“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,” Castro said. “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.”
While the CSUCCESS program is only open to incoming students, TitanWare, an initiative created by CSUF at the start of the pandemic in response to the increased need for technology, is offered to all students. TitanWare offers 48-hour laptop rentals, and semester-long laptop rentals are available based on financial needs. In addition to laptops, webcams and headsets are available for rent on a short or long-term basis. 
TitanWare also offers free access to software including Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Dropbox and Microsoft Office. IT technical support is offered 24/7 to help set up laptops or activate software accounts. Additionally, students may request a wifi hotspot with an unlimited data plan from one of two major carriers at a significantly discounted rate. 
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