I think that at small schools, there is sometimes more central control over
technology purchases than at large schools. At PCC, we have standards for
desktop hardware and some software, but not yet for printers, laptops,
scanners, or PDA's. Departments may use their own funds to purchase any
printer they wish. They can also purchase any PC as long as it falls within
the college standard. Actually they can buy whatever they want unless they
want to connect it to the network:-) The purchase of toner cartridges and
other expendables is also decentralized and not controlled at all. We do
sometimes get involved with printer purchases if they want to be able to
use the printer directly from an enterprise information system like Banner.
In those cases, we consult with them to make sure they buy one that will work.
At 12:52 PM 2/8/01 -0600, you wrote:
>I need your help.
>As the new CIO at my University, I have discovered that there are very few
>(if any) policies related to technology (much less equipment/software
>purchases/support). I have received several requests during the past few
>months from faculty/staff wanting to purchase low-end printers for their
>departments (using either grant funds or money in their department's
>budget). The past procedure has been that our IT department must approve
>all technology-related equipment purchases (i.e. computers, printers,
>scanners, etc...). According to my IT Director, these low-end printers are
>considered to be a "waste" of institution funds and will cause our IT staff
>extra work in having to constantly work on them. However, many
>faculty/staff think they should be able to spend their money (either grant
>or departmental) on what they want to purchase.
>Any suggestions? Is there a resource that can assist me in establishing
>policies/guidelines that will answer these kinds of questions? Thanks!!!
>' Michelle A-M Roberts, Ed.D. '
>' Chief Information and Planning Officer '
>' Kethley 112 Phone: 662-846-4840 '
>' Delta State University Fax: 662-846-4016 '
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Director, Information Technology Services (503)977-4826
Portland Community College fax: (503)977-4987