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Mobile Computing 2020

February 10, 2020


Summary of Mobile Computing Analysis
• Current Mobile Computing Program: $275/semester - $2,200 for 4 years – 2 Devices - Freshman and Junior year

• Stewardship Task Force from AY 2019 recommendation would increase costs to both the University & the student body.

• Majority of students now want choice between PC and Mac.

• 75% of current Freshmen owned a laptop before coming to Seton Hall.

• Mobile Computing 2020 - All incoming Freshmen will be required to own a laptop at a minimum specification set by the
University.
Bring Your Own Device
or
Purchase from Follett
• Choice w/Educational Pricing and Financing
• Extended Warranty
• Accidental Damage and Loss/Theft Insurance
• Loaner Program
• Repair Facility On-site

• Net Cash Flow Affect after teaching out the current program is $1.3M

• Access to hardware, repairs, software load, and loaner program concerns, alleviated by partnership with Follett
Student Survey Summary
• If given the option to pay a reduced fee and provide their own laptop and support services, 69% of
respondents report they would rather stay in the existing Mobile Computing Program and pay the
current $675 fee per semester.

• 74% of respondents prefer the current Mobile Computing Program where the University provides a
laptop, software, and technical support.

• 43% of respondents would use a computer or laptop they already owned, while 40% would purchase a
new computer or laptop. 9% of respondents indicated they would not have access to a computer or
laptop.

• If respondents had to use or buy their own laptop, 56% would use a MAC as their primary device. 65%
report they would keep the same computer for all four years and 51% would purchase insurance or a
repair policy as a maintenance plan.

• If Seton Hall no longer provided laptops to students, 86% of respondents would still expect Seton Hall to
provide students with the same software currently pre-loaded on laptops.
Faculty Survey Summary
• 71% would recommend that students be required to own a laptop

• 35% indicated students would not be able to pass their course without a laptop.

• 91% agreed their students would still need access to some computing resources for completing assignments
for their course.

• 61% would recommend the University maintain public computer labs

• 51% would only recommend moving to BYOD if the University continued to invest in repair capacity for
laptops.

• Top 3 concerns
• 69% - equity issues for students with differing financial resources.
• 59% - lack of standardization to ensure necessary software works on all student laptops
• 56% - reduced ability of the University to provide loaner computers, computer labs and otherwise
provide auxiliary computing resources.
Summary of Peer Institutions
• There is no central repository for one-to-one computing and no central definition of a one-to-one computing
program
• Of the 5,000+ colleges in the United States a very small percentage have a one-to-one computing
program. Approximately 30 institutions have some form of program
• Many of those programs are tablet based not laptop based
• 11 institutions contacted – including Villanova, St. Johns, Seton Hill, Drexel, UNC Chapel Hill. Purposefully
included institutions with like programs and those that shuttered their programs
• 36% have One-to-One Computing programs similar to Seton Hall’s current program
• 54% have BYOD programs
• 10% have no technology requirement or statement
• 100% have access to a repair facility on the campus
• varying models - partner vs campus provided
• 64% are fee based
• 45% have needs-based program to help students purchase laptops
Questions?