Through the CARES Act for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER), Gov. John Bel Edwards allocated funds to meet the needs of postsecondary students. This included $4.5 million made available to the systems in July 2020 to purchase devices for public postsecondary students across the state.
LCTC System: $1,260,773.30
LSU System: $1,073,874.43
Southern System: $274,532.04
UL System: $1,896,692.24
An additional $500,000 was provided to the public systems to continue student, faculty, and staff training efforts to ensure a smooth transition from face-to-face instruction to a hybrid model of learning.
Funds are being administered based on system allocations to institutions by the Division of Administration. Our goal is to reach a one to one ratio of students to technology needs as we prioritize digital inclusion in this state.
The questions below support the Board of Regents as we continue to monitor the impact of funding and unmet needs related to hardware and technology access and challenges. Details about responses to critical situations are also requested; these will assist in the identification of best practices at institutions and within systems that may be shared with other institutions and systems seeking to identify solutions. Data from this collection will be shared in aggregate form only.