Camarillo, Calif., May 8, 2014 – Thanks to a new, free mobile app, anyone with a smartphone or tablet can have the latest information about CSU Channel Islands (CI) instantly at hand.  Launched March 24, goCI is the University’s official mobile app for iOS and Android.  It helps current and prospective students, alumni, and anyone else with an interest stay connected to the University from their mobile devices, allowing them to quickly and conveniently access frequently used resources without having to go through the CI website.

Among the highlights, the app enables students to participate in class discussions, assignments and blogs through CI Learn and enjoy on-the-go access to key campus services, such as directories, maps, calendar listings, library resources, news, videos, photos, alumni updates, and quick-dial links to emergency help, such as the CI Police or the Health Center.  The apps’ location-based services allow users to take a self-guided tour of campus, find out when dining facilities are open and how to walk there, or view in real time how soon the next campus bus will arrive.  Students can easily add favorite campus contacts or calendar events to their own device, and locate nearby ATMs and parking areas from their smartphones.

In surveys, prospective and current CI students said that mobile access to campus services was important to them.  A national study on the impact of student mobile browsing on the college search process, conducted by Noel-Levitz, OmniUpdate, CollegeWeekLive, and the National Research Center for College & University Admissions, supports that request.  In a 2013 survey of more than 2,000 college students, 78 percent owned smartphones or tablets, 68 percent said they used them to view college websites, and 73 percent expressed an interest in downloading campus-specific applications for schools.

“We know most CI students bring multiple mobile devices to campus,” said Peter Mosinskis, CI’s Director of Information Technology Strategy.  “It's critical for us to reach our users where they live, and they live in an increasingly mobile world.  We hope goCI will enable even more students, alumni and other stakeholders to feel connected to the University.”

Mosinskis added that the app is still in development, with new features and enhancements being added daily.  He encouraged users to weigh in by recommending desirable features and reporting bugs.

To download the free app and learn more, visit http://go.csuci.edu/mobile.  It can also be downloaded from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.  For additional information, contact Peter Mosinskis at 805-437-8587 or peter.mosinskis@csuci.edu.

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About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI's strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master's degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI's Social Media.