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An increasing number of universities are integrating a Laptop or Tablet personal computer program into their curriculum. While the addition of such programs attempts to produce students who are more engaged and receive better grades, few institutions examine the effect of such mandatory programs on the students. Since Laptop PCs can cost nearly $1000 less than Tablet PCs, it is difficult to justify this increase in cost for students who are already struggling to find funding for their tuition, books, and housing. Though many students are comfortable with the use of computers, students from underrepresented populations may not have the same basic foundation of computer usage during their K-12 education.
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