initiative snags prize
The University has received a silver award for
Computing Initiative in the governors Information Technology
competitions higher education category.
implemented in summer 1999, solves maintenance problems by standardizing
computer platforms and configurations used by faculty, staff and
students. In this voluntary program, participants choose from
several Apple and Dell hardware configurations, with preloaded
software, installation and on-site service. Dell machines offer
U.Va. site-licensed applications and Apples have software configuring
to the University network.
program reduces acquisition costs, eases support burdens, improves
document sharing, fosters collaboration and stabilizes budget
and computer replacement.
the first year, 2,500 computers were installed in offices, labs
and libraries and 1,237 machines in the second year. Last year,
1,200 first year students ordered DCI computers.