Clark Atlanta University to Provide 4,000 Students with Dell Laptops for the Fall 2020-2021 School Year

07/08/2020

(Clark Atlanta University July 7, 2020) – ATLANTA, GA Today, Clark Atlanta University (CAU)  shared that they will be providing four thousand Clark Atlanta University undergraduate and graduate students with Dell laptops to begin and continue their matriculation at CAU.

“As Clark Atlanta University moves forward together to safely re-open our campus to students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, CAU leadership wanted to ensure our scholars were safe and equipped with the necessary tools to be successful during the school year,” said President George T. French Jr. “Many of our students are Pell eligible scholars and, in many cases, do not have the financial support needed to purchase laptops,” said President French. “These Dell Latitude 3400 laptops will help ensure our scholars are able to facilitate coursework both in-class and online as well as increase virtual interaction with their instructors, peers and parents.” French said.

Clark Atlanta University continues its legacy of leadership among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) by gifting all financially enrolled students with these Dell laptops which have been outfitted specifically to deliver the benefits needed to be successful for today’s in-class and virtual education environments.

Clark Atlanta University’s relationship with Dell Technologies extends beyond this initiative. Through their commitment to partnering with HBCUs and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Dell Technologies has helped support Clark Atlanta University’s academic and career development mission.  Through scholarship opportunities, professional development initiatives, mentorship programs, internships as well as full time career opportunities, Dell has shown its commitment to enhancing the development of the students at Clark Atlanta University.

“Our work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other Minority Serving Institutions is key to Dell Technologies’ efforts to ensure a diverse pipeline of talent is coming in through our doors,” said Danny Best, Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Dell Technologies.

 “We are excited to continue working with Clark Atlanta University, not only to ensure all of its students have access to technology inside and out of the classroom, but also on our ongoing efforts to help prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the technology industry.”

Despite these uncertain times, Clark Atlanta University continues to expand upon technological capacity and diverse modalities of delivery of instruction.  In March of this year, CAU’s faculty transitioned from classroom instruction to remote learning within a number of weeks. To ensure CAU students had the highest quality academic experience, CAU transitioned summer classes to online learning, with each course designed and facilitated by instructors who   had earned the online teaching certification.  To date, more than 99 percent of CAU faculty has earned the CAU online teaching certification.  This certification is based on “Quality Matters” rigorous, nationally and internationally recognized standards for online learning.

Recently, Clark Atlanta University announced its plans to re-open its campus to the incoming freshman and sophomore cohorts for the Fall 2020 semester. The upcoming school year will operate according to the CAU abbreviated academic calendar.  The university made its decision collectively with administrators from other Atlanta University Center Consortium institutions (Spelman College, Morehouse College and Morehouse School of Medicine) to develop plans to reopen the institutions as safely as possible and to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

As students start classes in the Fall, these Dell laptops will undoubtedly aid CAU scholars in a variety of ways. In addition to in class and online learning, these students will also be able to use these laptops to assist with online daily monitoring of their health as they adjust to the new environment at Clark Atlanta University and within the Atlanta University Center. 

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About Clark Atlanta University. Established in 1988 by the consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is one of the Nation’s foremost research institutions, offering students from around the United States and several foreign countries the opportunity to engage in 38 exciting areas of study at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. Located in the historic heart of Atlanta, one of the world's great international cities, CAU’s nearly 4,000 students enjoy access to academic and co-curricular experiences, from forensic debate, to on-air broadcasting, to cancer research with world-renowned investigators. From the arts to zoology, CAU combines nearly 300 years of tradition with a solid focus on academic excellence to produce leaders who will shape the future of the global community. Notable alumni include: James Weldon Johnson; American civil rights activist, poet and song writer, (Lift Every Voice and Sing “The Black National Anthem”; Ralph David Abernathy Sr., American civil rights activist; Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia District 4; Kenya Barris, American award-winning television and movie producer; Kenny Leon, Tony Award winning Broadway Director; Jacque Reid, Emmy Award winning Television Personality and Journalist; Brandon Thompson, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for NASCAR; Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Recording Academy. To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit www.cau.edu.