The student success fee provided funding to add the Students Option to the existing CSU/Microsoft Agreement for fiscal year 2013-2014. The Students Option allowed currently enrolled students to obtain individual software licenses to download Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 or Office for Mac 2011, and Windows 8 operating system upgrade for home-use at no cost.
The free software was available throughout FY 2013-14 and expired June 30, 2014.
As a replacement, Microsoft announced a new Microsoft Student Advantage program and, under an agreement with the Chancellor’s Office and Microsoft through the Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES), our students qualified for no-cost Office 365 ProPlus subscriptions. All the same Office software is available, however, the Windows operating systems ungrades are not included. This new program began on November 19, 2014 and continues today.
Students were provided the opportunity to upgrade their personal computer operating system to Windows 8, and choose the applicable Microsoft Office software for their computing device at no cost.
The Microsoft productivity suite enabled more timely completion of class assignments that require applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, OneNote and Outlook.
This software suite is the industry standard for office tools, and its availability to students enhanced their hands-on experience and knowledge, while preparing students for future employment opportunities.