‘AMP-UP’ has N.C. A&T students leveling up

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Courtesy of Kaila Collier

Kaila Collier, Contributor

More investments are pouring into N.C. A&T to the tune of $8 million through the Aggie Mobile Program Unlimited Possibilities (AMP-UP) initiative with Apple.

All participating first year students have received: An iPad Air (64GB), an Apple Pencil, an Apple Smart Keyboard Folio, and AppleCare+ to provide technical support when and where they need it.

The program is being supported through federal funds appropriated through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). It is part of a $21 million investment in seven areas of student success that occurred in the Fall 2021 semester. Every student benefits from the university’s free textbook program initiative in collaboration with Barnes and Noble.

The seven-figure investment in AMP-UP is intended to spur creativity and innovation among faculty and first-year students. The program is ensuring  that students do not fall behind in their educational experience. Hardware, software and Apple expertise will help to elevate the educational experience at A&T by providing access and equity for all students through a university-wide mobile learning platform.

The initial roll-out that began in January involved pilot testing and assessment to determine any further opportunities for expansion. I asked a few A&T students how they felt about this initial roll out process.

Sidney Jones, a freshman mechanical engineering student, says she felt as though it was a pretty smooth process overall. Once she arrived at her chosen pick up time, she waited in line for a little while, and then was handed the iPad and accessories.

“I think the iPad and accessories will help me be successful. The notability app alone has made me feel so much more productive in my studies, and it is the only way I take notes now.” Jones said.

Madison Jordan, a first year physics student, says the distribution process went smoothly for her as well.

 “I do believe that the initiative will help me become more successful in my studies because the iPad is great for notes.” Jordan said. “ It is sort of like a mini laptop which is very convenient for those who do not have personal computers of their own.”

Maya Brobbey, a freshman psychology student, believes that the new technology will be helpful especially in the classroom for note taking.

 “The apple pencil and iPad are both very helpful when it comes to taking notes and studying,” Brobbey said.

This initiative aligns with the 2021-22 strategic priorities, including evidence-based initiatives to improve student success and to implement signature operational improvements.

For more information,  visit the AMP-UP website.