After balking, Yale switches to Gmail

Fifty-three percent of Yale students already forward their university messages to Gmail.

More than a year after Yale University technology officials delayed the school’s adoption of Google’s Apps for Education, citing privacy and security concerns, the campus has announced students and faculty will use Gmail and a host of other Google programs by 2012.

Yale was among several high-profile universities that hesitated to move students and faculty to the cloud-based eMail system, which would move data off the campus and onto Google servers.

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Some Yale faculty members expressed concern that Google’s data centers were environmentally unfriendly, leaving a large carbon footprint that some on campus opposed.

“This will be a huge improvement for students, who will benefit not only from a better web-based eMail client, but also from the entire suite of Google Apps for Education,” Chuck Powell, associate CIO for operations, said in an April 18 announcement.

Yale will join more than 200 colleges and universities that use the free Gmail as their official eMail service.

IT officials expect to make Google Apps available to students by the end of the 2012-13 school year, the university announced. Besides eMail, the Yale’s Google suite will include video chat, online calendars, and document storage.