12 Oct 2021

SAU Partners with Apogee to Elevate Student Experience with Cutting-Edge Wi-Fi

On October 4, 2021 Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) partnered with Apogee to deliver a cutting-edge residential network (ResNet) that will upgrade campus life, improve learning outcomes, and drive student success. Based in Austin, TX, Apogee is the only managed technology services provider solely focused on higher education.

“The mission of Apogee is to help colleges and universities respond to the myriad challenges they face today by transforming with technology,” said Scott Drossos, CEO of Apogee in a statement. “We are honored to welcome this distinguished school to our established HBCU partnerships, which now includes six institutions. HBCUs play a crucial role in ensuring that African Americans – and students of all races – receive a quality education in a supportive atmosphere and community. We are excited to support SAU to enhance the student experience and increase its community and regional economic impact.”

As a result of this new partnership, SAU students will experience an upgrade in their Wi-Fi services across all residence halls and two campus hubs – the Falkcrest Clubhouse and Prezell R. Robinson Library – ensuring reliable, blazing-fast connectivity for on-campus residents and commuter students alike.

Students can connect up to seven devices to fast 100 Mbps Wi-Fi and use Personal Area Network (PAN) capabilities for an at home-like experience, where a student’s many devices can seamlessly communicate with each other. Students can print papers or documents wirelessly, use Apple AirPlay, listen to music on wireless speakers, and more. This approach allows students to smoothly connect and use multiple devices for study, research, entertainment, creativity, and socialization.

“We knew that Wi-Fi was critical to the student experience – and consequently to enrollment and retention – so we decided to act quickly,” said Farooq Agha, Chief Information Officer at SAU in a statement. “We contacted Apogee in June 2021, and the company delivered a comprehensive proposal tailored to our needs with an accelerated deployment timeline that aligned with the start of the SAU semester in August 2021. SAU could not have built and managed such a robust project in-house on such a constrained timeline, much less with classes already in session and residence halls already occupied. It was impressive to see Apogee act so swiftly, with our students top of mind every step of the way.”

With Apogee guaranteeing reliable, high-speed Wi-Fi and providing 24/7/365 technical support directly to students, SAU’s IT department is now freed up to focus on innovation efforts rather than fielding student support calls or upgrading the network in increments.

To read the full article from Apogee, click here.