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Vice President of IT@Sam to discuss computer replacement program

Senior Reporter

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 24, 2013 01:01

Sam Houston State University’s Vice President of IT Mark Adams was invited to speak at today’s faculty senate meeting. He plans on discussing the grievances from faculty members about the new centralized computer replacement program.

The new program gives IT the task of replacing university-issued faculty computers every four years.

“It’s our responsibility to track a computers’ age,” said Adams. “IT now keeps up with the computer equipment and recycles them when the cycle is due.”

The new program gives IT the responsibility to make sure that computer equipment on campus is up to date. This duty was previously up to each  department.

“There are a lot of questions about how the program works,” said Adams. “There’s a sense that they’ve lost some control and they want to know how the process works.”

Adams hopes to respond to grievances the faculty has with the new program. According to Faculty Senate minutes from October 2011, “There is … concern because faculty have been turned down in their requests for equipment because they were told it was redundant (when in fact it was not).”

Adams thinks that the expertise of the IT crew is better suited for the discernment of replacing old computers, rather than the heads of departments.

“The intention of the program is to be more efficient on expenditures and for people to have up-to-date equipment for their job,” said Adams.

The Faculty Senate will meet today at 3:30 p.m. in Austin Hall.


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