Below are the summary data from the 2006 Campus Computing Survey regarding
campus policies and practice on email attachments among US colleges and
Limit Size Max File
of attachments Size (MB)
All Institutions (n=540) 79.4% 20.7 MB
Public Research Univ 82.2% 33.0
Private Research Univ 76.5% 18.3
Public Four-Year Colleges 78.7% 16.5
Private Four year Colleges 78.0% 20.4
Community Colleges 60.8% 16.6
Source: Campus Computing 2006
The 2007 Campus Computing Survey is now underway (hint, hint; wink; wink!).
Results of the 2007 survey will be announced at the EDUCAUSE Conference in
Seattle on October 24th.
Kenneth C. Green 818.990.2212
The Campus Computing Project
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On 9/16/07 6:55 AM, "Brian Stewart" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Athabasca has a limit of 10Mb on outgoing and no limit on incoming. The
> maximum email account level is 200Mb, but we are flexible and when we see a
> user requiring more we up their limit without question.
> We will be pushing these up when our new storage system becomes operational.
> The limit was 4Mb up until two years ago. When I investigated the reasons for
> the limit, I found they were based on bandwidth and storage capacities from
> the period when the email system was introduced. The improvements in our
> systems had not been reflected in providing improved user convenience. It was
> also rather a challenge to get these moved up as they were and are seen as
> good husbanding tools, so users are not profligate with the resources. In
> short the limits owe more to psychology than technology!
> Brian Stewart
> CIO Athabasca University
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "William Wachob" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Friday, September 14, 2007 10:16:25 AM (GMT-0700) America/Denver
> Subject: Re: [CIO] Email Attachment Size Limits
> We try to limit our mail sizes for OUTBOUND only. We try to match the big
> public mail systems like yahoo, gmail and hotmail. There isn't much sense
> in allowing above that if it will be rejected anyway.
> INBOUND is not restricted, nor are any communications within our domain
> -- Bill
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jeanne Eicks [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 12:57 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [CIO] Email Attachment Size Limits
> I've done a bit of research, but I haven't found a statistic on the average
> email attachment size limit.
> At Vermont Law School, we reject emails from the outside with attachments
> larger than 10MB.
> I would like to know the following:
> Does your institution have a size limits on attachments?
> If you have a limit what is the limit?
> If you respond off-list, I will tally the results and post them back to the
> list. If there is a survey that addresses this issue, would someone please
> point me in the right direction?
> Best & Thank you,
> Jeanne Eicks
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