Two universities in Iowa are beginning to lean more heavily on the use of student ID cards, which can now be used for seemingly anything from buying chips out of the vending machine to accessing campus computer labs.
Carol Petersen, interim executive director of residence and director of dining for the University of Northern Iowa, told the Cedar Rapids Gazette that the versatility of these ID cards has been extremely beneficial for students, who have also become less likely to lose them.
"Students really enjoy that convenience of being able to use one card for everything," Petersen said. "The more things they're using it for, the more apt they are to keep track of it."
For its part, the University of Iowa has also expanded the use of its identification cards, with the new version of its Iowa One card using "proximity" technology that can allow students to wave them in front of locked doors to enter, according to the Gazette.
To the south, Arizona State University has also ramped up usage of its student IDs by agreeing to a partnership with MidFirst Bank to provide IDs that can also serve as debit cards, the Arizona Republic reported. One of the major benefits university officials have pointed to is that students will no longer face ATM fees, even when using the ATMs of other banks.
Either way, Aaron Bryant, marketing manager for Arizona State's business services, told the publication that students will still have the option to utilize the traditional ID card.
"All of our messaging focuses on 'This is the student's choice to make.' We want them to make an informed decision, and there's no pressure on either side of it," Bryant said.