Around the world, schools and universities continuously face the difficult challenge of reducing costs while improving the quality of education they provide. This challenge becomes even more critical in turbulent economic times. Not to mention the fact that this next generation of students – the "millennials" – brings a different set of expectations to campus. For example, they expect the ability to work together without sitting in the same room, they want to take their data with them wherever they go, they want to chat (over voice and video) with friends and family, and they expect instantaneous and unwavering access to the Internet.

By harnessing the power of technology, we think we can offer the education community the means to meet these expectations. Google Apps Education Edition is a free suite of hosted tools including mail, calendar, document, and site creation that helps campuses save money while providing a rich set of technology tools that will enable schools to better meet the demands of savvy students. Millions of students, staff, and faculty are using Google Apps today, with more signing up every day. A big welcome to some of the schools we've recently welcomed to the Google Apps family, including:
  • Allegheny College
  • Beloit College
  • Boise State University (for faculty and staff)
  • Clemson University
  • Cornell University
  • Georgetown University
  • Pittsburgh State University
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Temple University
  • Truman State University
  • University of Alaska
  • University of California at Davis
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Sunderland
  • Wagner College
To share info about these latest innovations, we'd like to invite you to a free live customer webinar on Thursday, June 25 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. In this session you'll hear directly from Arizona State University, the first school to deploy Google Apps Education Edition, back in 2006. Key administrators will talk about their decision to go with Google Apps, the results they've seen so far, and their future plans for Apps. Whether you're a student, work at a school, or went to school, we hope you'll join us to hear about how Google Apps can help institutions like ASU save money and IT resources, plus make students' lives easier with a set of tools for working together.