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Student Printing Update

September 6, 2019

What’s new with the Student Printing Project
There are updates to “recent activity” and “coming soon” on this page, including a completed printer inventory and targeted pilot group selection. Plus, updates have been made to the estimated timeline.

As a result of considerable feedback and guidance from Student Assembly, IT Governance Council, and other university stakeholders, as well as assessment of the current student printing service (Net-Print), a new project has been chartered and approved. The Student Printing Service Project is committed to delivering a consistent and equitable printing experience for Cornell students. Upcoming initiatives will roll out exciting new features and components of the service over time, aimed at striking the right balance of cost, ease of use, and environmental sustainability, while streamlining support and infrastructure.

To stay informed of new updates, visit this site regularly and sign up for email notifications by sending an email to student-printing-updates-l-request@cornell.edu with a subject of Join.

Goals

The Student Printing Project will:

  • Focus on printing for students​.
  • Strive for uniform and reduced printing rates​, offering free printing allocations to students.
  • Focus on vendor-supported and -provided software.​
  • Implement a solution that is sustainable and environmentally conscientious​.
  • Standardize the applications and printers​ used.

Recent activity

Most recently, we have:

  • Continued to share information about the process with IT Governance Council, IT Service Group Directors, Student Assembly, and College Business Officers​.
  • Finalized negotiations and contracts with a selected vendor.
  • Completed a printer assessment:
    • Gathered printer inventory, plus networking and infrastructure specifications/requirements.
    • Pilot groups include: CU Library, CIT computer labs, Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives, Johnson, and the Hotel School.
  • Reviewed printer inventory with CIT Networking, Field Services, and Infrastructure teams to confirm scope and optimization requirements.
  • Reviewed Bursar integration scope and next steps with Student Services Information Technologies.

(See previous activities at Past Project Steps.)

Coming soon

Next, we’ll:

  • Host the first vendor onsite visit starting in September.
  • Collaborate on a scoping and design session with the vendor’s PaperCut engineers.
  • Complete a new system prototype build or proof of concept.