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April 20, 2011
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Maintaining its reputation as the Electronic Campus and continuing a strong tradition of innovative learning opportunities, Northwest Missouri State University will again provide a fully-loaded laptop computer to all full-time students enrolled at the University for the fall 2011 trimester.
With approval by Northwest's Board of Regents this week, the University continues its contract with Hewlett-Packard to provide laptops to its more than 6,000 full-time students. The new HP Probook 6455b Notebook computers feature an AMD PhenomTM II Dual-Core Mobile Processor N620 (2.8 GHz), 3 gigabytes of RAM and 160 gigabytes of disk storage with Microsoft Windows 7 and Office 2010 software.
The laptops are provided to students as part of Northwest's student-approved tuition and fees. Students enrolled during the 2011-2012 academic year will pay a $14 per credit hour technology fee that allows Northwest to provide the low-cost, efficient and up-to-date computing technology. The fee also allows Northwest to provide free service and support to its notebook users, refresh electronic classrooms and increase the campus's internet connection speed.
In 1987, Northwest became the nation's first public university to implement a comprehensive networked campus by providing networked computing stations in every residence hall, faculty office and administrative office.
In 2005, more than 2,200 notebook computers were distributed to students, signaling the beginning of the new laptop program. Northwest provided notebook computers that were wireless-ready to every student living on campus.
In the fall of 2008, full-time undergraduate and graduate students living on or off campus were provided with wireless-ready notebook computers. The notebook program was expanded in 2009 to provide all part-time undergraduate and graduate students living off-campus with a notebook computer.
For more information about Northwest's campus notebook computer program go to: http://www.nwmissouri.edu/compserv/CampusNotebooks/index.htm.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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