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Hardware & Software

Hardware

The University operates on a 4 year desktop hardware replacement cycle.  ITS staff work in conjunction with Academic Affairs in accordance with the Technology Policy for Faculty to consult with faculty to find the right solution for their needs.  Administrative desktop support staff perform this function for administrative offices.  The University maintains a catalogue of standard computer configurations and reviews that catalogue annually.  Several factors are considered when looking at capital computing models including supportability, reliability, ease of maintenance, warranty and price.  Current computer configurations are listed at the Cardinal Technology Store site.   

Software

Wesleyan owns and supports hundreds of software titles throughout the campus.  Licensing agreements vary considerably from full campus agreements to limited per seat.  ITS Academic Computing Managers handle licensing for most of the University's educational software.  These programs are available in our labs throughout campus.  Installation on personally-owned machines is usually prohibited.

Microsoft Campus License Agreement

Wesleyan particpates in a campus-wide Microsoft license which permits all faculty, staff and students to have the latest version of MS Office for PC and Mac.  All University-owned computers are pre-installed with MS Office.  Faculty and staff can obtain home use versions of Office through the Cardinal Technology store.  Students may visit HelpDesk to have a consultant install the software.  Members of the community can also purchase the most current Windows operating system at a competitive price for home installation.