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Improved Technology and Data Networks

A portion of the 2004 bond funds was allocated for technology expenditures. The total amount is spread over the life of the bond in annual allocations. These funds support both replacement and new technology initiatives. Part of the capital technology allocation is set aside for new building construction which includes the Life Sciences Center, PVCC at Black Mountain Education Center and the Q building (formerly Maricopa County Library Building).

The main portion of expenditures includes PVCC’s obsolescence replacement strategy covering computers, printers, classroom media projectors and network servers. A smaller percentage is designated for annual new technology implementations. In 2005, a one-time allocation was approved to replace PVCC’s network infrastructure in as the majority of the equipment was at least 10 years old.

PVCC’s obsolescence plan deems a computer, printer or media projector obsolete after 5 years. Computers that are considered obsolete for their current purpose still may function appropriately for another area. As an example, a few obsolete computers have been re-deployed as wireless network-only computers available to the general student population for use in web-based research. Computers that are no longer serving their purpose are sent to the Maricopa Community Colleges’ surplus warehouse, information is wiped from the computers first, where they are generally re-sold in large lots to vendors who recycle parts and melt down any metals present for re-use.

Network servers are considered obsolete after three years, and network switch equipment after seven. Some obsolete servers that still function at a lower level have been redeployed as application development environments. This methodology allows space-saving measures for production servers and preserves the integrity of the business environment.

New technology purchase criteria are based on the vision and mission of the college and standards necessary to support its business and instructional needs. As an example, funds were approved to purchase and install equipment for a campus-wide wireless network. This supports the learning-centered mission of the college by allowing students, faculty and staff the opportunity to study, research and interact together in the business of learning at any place or time on campus.

The Technology Coordinating Team provides the initial review and recommendation for capital technology purchase requests using the Technology Strategic Plan’s obsolescence criteria and the college’s strategic initiatives are guiding principles. The college’s Strategic Planning Committee and Budget Development Steering Team review and make the final recommendation to the President on capital technology expenditures.