Replacement schedules will be distributed to the NHC-TAC for review and consultation. Hardware configurations for new equipment are prepared regularly; individuals with equipment scheduled for replacement are notified of those details. The new equipment is ordered as funds become available.
To develop a 3-5 year replacement cycle computers are divided into the following categories:
Each computer in the replacement plan is designated as being in one of these groups (at the time it is replaced) with a tentative date indicated for replacement. Generally, individuals will have one college computer provided for them on the replacement plan. By the nature of their responsibilities, some individuals may need to have more than one computer to accomplish their responsibilities - for example, if they must use both Macintosh and Windows platforms in their work. In these cases, department heads/supervisors may request from the appropriate officer of the college that an exception be made.
All college computers are maintained in a central inventory. At the time a computer enters the inventory the replacement cycle, if any, is designated. Old equipment is returned to the OTS department for reassignment or disposal.
Individuals pursuing grants for computing equipment should discuss their plans with the Dean of Technology and Planning, as part of the budgeting process. Computing equipment that is acquired under grants will enter the inventory and be upgraded on a regular replacement cycle only if approved at the time of the application for the grant.