Administrative Computer Refresh

The university provides full time faculty and administrative staff positions a program of consistent and sustainable computer replacement based on a four year life cycle. This program is the Administrative Computer Refresh Project; also known as Evergreen refresh, or just refresh. A four year life cycle was specifically chosen to balance the considerations of technical compliance with fiscal sustainability of the administrative computer fleet. A primary assigned computer is provided by the faculty/administrative department for a new full time faculty or staff position. Only primary assigned computers are eligible for the refresh program and is replaced according to university computing specifications.

What is a primary assigned computer?

Primary assigned computers are identified as computers (desktop or laptop) that are provided by the faculty/administrative department to the faculty or administrative staff member for the specific purpose of assisting in the completion of their general administrative work related duties; specifically email, office document content, printing, and Internet connectivity.

Features of primary assigned computers:

  • Faculty/Department has privilege of use for four-year term.
  • Primary computer is associated to the position and not transferable from its administrative use to another faculty or administrative department.
  • Upon refresh and every succeeding four year lifecycle, MRU funds computer replacement.
  • Refresh life cycle terminates when position terminates or use of computer falls outside of refresh eligibility conditions.

How does a primary assigned computer get on the refresh cycle?

A faculty or administrative department will initially budget for an administrative computer for a new full time member upon position creation. The faculty/administrative department will engage the supervisor of Office Computing Services for the procurement of a baseline specification primary assigned computer. After a 4 year life cycle has been completed on this first time procurement, the computer is scheduled for replacement as per the Administrative Refresh Project. Should the position end, the computer is subject to the Computer Reallocation Procedure.

When does the university refresh primary administrative computers?

The IT Services Office Computing Services (OCS) team annually manages this project during the May to July period. In order to manage this large undertaking, the administrative computer refresh is divided into four phases that span a four year time frame. In each phase, a quarter of the total administrative computer fleet is refreshed to the current university baseline specification. The university has partnered with preferred vendors to supply us with the best overall computer specification to meet the university's administrative computing needs. Criteria for computer selection is based on the ability to handle the university's key business and academic applications and to provide a consistent computing environment for handling email, office document content, and Internet connectivity. Ability to support standard computer specifications on-site is essential to maintaining client productivity.

When is a computer not eligible to be on the Administrative Refresh life cycle?

In the following cases, computers are not considered primary and do not qualify for refresh by IT Services:

  • Computers obtained for specific research and other specified/unspecified department uses.
  • Computers provided to faculty/staff that are in addition to a primary assigned computer. These computers are considered secondary department or project computers.
  • PD Fund acquired computers are provided to faculty through special funding and are intended for faculty individual professional development. Such computers are not intended for on-campus use as a substitute for a primary administrative work computer.
  • Donations to the university via special grants, projects, or other types of gifts to the institution.

In these cases, it is the department's responsibility to budget for replacement. Replacement is recommended based on a four year cycle, as advised by IT Services. The need for a replacement can be reviewed and coordinated with the supervisor of Office Computing Services. 

For more details on computers supplied with the MRU annual computer refresh, please review the following document.

University Computing Specifications