The University of Nevada, Reno, is the latest U.S. university to offer all incoming first-year students free iPads and educational opportunities as part of a new deal with tech giant Apple.

The Apple agreement plays a central role in Reno’s Digital Wolf Pack Initiative — an institutionwide plan to increase digital equity and digital literacy on campus.

“If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that there is a digital divide facing many of our students and that we need to do a better job of promoting digital equity and digital literacy,” Brian Sandoval, president of the university, tweeted last week.

When Sandoval became president in September 2020, following an eight-year stint as governor of Nevada, he wanted to make access to technology and technology education a priority for the institution. Sandoval hopes to use the partnership with Apple as a recruiting tool for future students and an example of how the institution…

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