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Ohio University changing student computing environment

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 11, 2006) -- Ohio University has announced that it is taking its student-computing environment to the next level this fall. In response to changing student needs, the university will embark on an ambitious program of computer lab upgrades, residence hall technology and living space improvements, and continued wireless network enhancements.

Based on student opinion surveys, a marked increase in computer removal requests over the past several years, and the proven success of the Go Mobile discount laptop purchase program, Ohio University will begin phasing out its residence hall desktop computer program during the 2006-07 academic year.

"It is important that the university make good decisions for the future of our students to transition fee revenues to the greater need through renovations and wireless technology and other essential services," said Assistant Vice President for Auxiliary Services Christine Sheets. "This academic year began with more than 1,300 computer removal requests from students within the residence hall. We anticipate this number will increase significantly over the first two weeks of the quarter."

This year's incoming class will have the option of requesting a desktop computer in their room next year. The 2007-08 first-year students will not have the option of requesting a university-issued desktop computer in their room. Students who don't own a computer will continue to have access to desktop computers in university labs, including those at Boyd and Brown residence halls, the Learning Commons at Alden Library, Baker University Center and the Computer Services Center.

Printers will be removed from the rooms as the desktop program is phased out; however, the Go Mobile program offers economical options for purchasing a printer and print stations can be found at several campus locations.

The university will use the funds formerly allocated to the desktop computer program to enhance student living and learning spaces, upgrade computer labs and accelerate renovations within the residence halls. The renovations to the residence halls are part of a new long-term capital plan to develop state-of-the-art housing and dining facilities that better meet students' needs and expectations.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist George Mauzy, (740) 597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu

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