In January of each year, Information Services starts identifying which models will be purchased as part of the Computer Replacement Cycle ("Cascade") that will begin in June. That process is typically completed by March in order to present the options to those being cascaded and have their decisions assembled into an order which is placed in late April.
A list of models available for selection is made available each year, around the time those due for replacement are contacted.
A few users have work or research needs that exceed these standard models. In addition, some individuals need or would prefer to have peripherals such as a docking station, large external display (for a laptop), etc. These needs should be discussed when you are contacted in the Spring semester. We are happy to discuss changes to meet your needs, although you should be aware that additions may have a cost which needs to be charged to a department, grant, or research fund and may have an impact on your support.
A laptop costs more than desktop computer and has a higher likelihood of breakage and therefore greater support impact for both the individual and Information Services. However, this is an appropriate expense for the institution in the case of faculty and staff for whom a laptop meets a demonstrated need, such as the following cases:
Note that short-term laptop needs can be met, on a limited basis, through available lending programs.