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Penn State Set To Provide Over 800 iPads To Student Athletes This Fall

by on August 16, 2014 11:00 AM

Penn State athletics will continue to deliver hi-tech support to over 800 student-athletes.

The athletic department will begin providing iPads to student athletes this fall, David Joyner, Penn State’s Athletic Director, announced Friday. 

According to a news release, the Intercollegiate Athletics Technology Program is designed to provide the student-athletes of Penn State with continuous and evolving access to resources that "heighten their efficiency, productivity and connectivity as they seek to achieve high standards of academic and athletic excellence." 

“The iPad program will add to the expansive range of support services we provide student-athletes at Penn State,” Joyner said. “We believe the academic benefits, technological opportunities and improved accessibility will enrich the student-athlete experience.” 

Academically, a total of 285 PSU student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades in 2013-14, the Nittany Lions' second-highest total in their 21 years as a Big Ten member.

“The program will provide all student-athletes with an important tool they need to excel academically,” Linda Caldwell, Penn State’s faculty athletics representative, said. “With an equal technology base, all 800-plus students-athletes have an even base for success.”

The initiative will expand current support programs available to Penn State student-athletes, including:

  • Enhancing learning through digital technology including e-textbooks, digital course materials and online course programming

  • Increasing time management and study skills through apps specifically designed to help students manage hectic schedules and workloads
  • Improving connectivity and communication to interact with faculty members and classmates, as well as with Morgan Center advising staff
  • Providing more efficient access team-related material (e.g., playbooks, video, and compliance forms), giving them more time to be students first and attend to their academic life
  •  Increasing familiarity with the latest technology to prepare for life in the workplace after graduation

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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