Following a year of evaluation – and participation by nearly 900 students, staff and faculty members – CSU Monterey Bay has decided to replace the FirstClass email and calendar system with "Google Apps for Education."
The benefits of the new system are:
- Increased storage (over 7 gigabytes per person).
- Documents, spreadsheets and presentations can be created and shared.
- Chat capabilities are enhanced.
- Information can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection.
On June 16, CSUMB will officially move to MyMessaging (powered by Google Apps for Education) for all members of the campus community. As of that date, all email will be delivered to Google Apps. The new system will use the standard @csumb.edu. The pilot that has been in operation since February will be shut down on May 30.
FirstClass will be available for archival purposes. However, no mail will be delivered to or sent from the FirstClass system.
IT will provide instructions on transferring important data from FirstClass, along with other information to ease the transition and take advantage of the significant improvements in service the new system provides.
Users of Blackberries and iPhones will be pleased to learn that handheld integration with Google Apps is easier and more reliable than with FirstClass.
Training sessions will be offered throughout the summer and into the fall.
A full plan for its implementation is available at CSUMB.EDU/google.