Columbus State University News (09/24/09)
Columbus State University (CSU) has given its students access to the Google Apps Education Edition through their mobile phones, using on-campus Gmail, calendars, and other programs. CSU says it is the first university to provide its students with so many mobile applications. Students can use mobile phones with Web access to look up their academic status, class and on-campus bus schedules, financial aid and personal account information, student events, and a map of campus. The mobile applications are so popular that students recently voted to increase technology fees to get the best service available. “Our ultimate goal is to duplicate all of the services that we now provide to students through our university portal,” says CSU’s Robert Diveley. Diveley will write about the development of these applications on the Google Enterprise Blog as its weeklong guest writer. He also will give a joint lecture with CSU chief information officer Abraham George on the same topic at the national Educause conference.