ELLENSBURG, Wash. (January 15, 2013) — Central Washington University has installed five new, mobile-device charging stations on campus. They’re located on the first floor of Brooks Library, and the first and second floors of Bouillon Hall and the Student Union and Recreation Center. The widespread use of smartphone and computer tablets created demand for a quick and easy way to recharge devices.
“We decided it would be a good convenience for our students,” said Dean of Student Success Sarah Swager. “This means they no longer have to carry cords and chargers with them and look for outlets. We’ve placed them [charging stations] in areas where there is seating nearby, so students can do some work, or get something to eat while their phone or tablet is charging.”
With charging speeds said to be faster than at home, each of the stations can recharge up to eight devices simultaneously.
“They have cords to match all of the standard devices right now,” Swager noted, “If a new product comes out, they will send us a cord to match that so we stay up to date.”
The charging stations are a pilot project, funding through the offices of Student Success and Human Resources. The university paid $300 for each station to the manufacturer, Dallas-based KwikBoost. If the charging stations prove popular—and students began using them just as soon as they were installed—more may be placed around campus.
“We think there could be many places where these charging stations could be beneficial across campus, especially in academic buildings,” Swager added.
The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project determined that 96 percent of college undergraduates and 99 percent of graduate students own cell phones. A Harris Interactive survey found that 25 percent of college students already owned a tablet last year, up from 7 percent in 2011.