College Services

Faculty Computing Initiative

Originally started in 2007, the Faculty Computing Initiative (FCI) offers full-time CCAD faculty members a choice of laptop or desktop computer (Windows or Macintosh) to support teaching and learning efforts.

Program Details

Faculty computing program participants are eligible to receive a new computer every three (laptop) to four (desktop) years. When eligible, faculty may choose between six pre-configured systems (four laptops and two desktops). Unfortunately, we are not able to offer custom configurations.

All laptops will come with carrying case, two power supplies, mouse, and dedicated backup drive. Desktops must remain on campus and cannot be taken home, so please choose this option only if you do not need portable computing.

Macintosh Standard Laptop

  • 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB flash Storage
  • External DVD+/-RW drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
  • 15.4” display, 2880x1800
  • 4.46 lbs

Macintosh Travel Laptop

  • 2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB Flash Storage
  • External DVD+/-RW drive
  • Intel Iris Graphics
  • 13.3” display, 2560x1600
  • 3.46 lbs

NOTE: For users who work in video editing, animation, 3D rendering, large image editing, intensive design work, etc, this configuration may not provide the desired level of performance.

Windows Standard Laptop

  • 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • 16GB RAM
  • 500GB solid state hybrid hard drive
  • Internal DVD+/-RW drive
  • AMD Radeon HD 8790M
  • 15.6” display, 1920x1080
  • 5.2 lbs

Windows Travel Laptop

  • 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
  • 16GB RAM
  • 500GB solid state hybrid drive
  • Internal DVD+/-RW drive
  • AMD Radeon HD 8960M
  • 14.0” display, 1600x900
  • 4.68 lbs

Macintosh Desktop

  • 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • 16GB RAM
  • 1TB “Fusion” (hybrid solid state) drive
  • External DVD+/-RW drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
  • 21.5” display, 1920x1080

Windows Desktop

  • 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • 16GB RAM
  • 500GB solid state hybrid drive
  • Internal DVD+/-RW drive
  • AMD Radeon HD 8570
  • 23” display, 1920x1080

Your system includes a dedicated backup drive—get in the habit of connecting this drive and backing up your files on a regular basis. In the case of equipment failure, damage, or theft, we can reinstall the applications. We will not be able to restore your files without the backup. For that reason, don't carry your backup drive in the same bag as your laptop or store it next to your desktop system. You don't want a roof leak or dropped bag to destroy both the computer and your backup.

Important Configuration Changes for 2014–15

Please note that end users will no longer be setup as local admins on their systems. This is being done to ensure security best practices and will enable the IT department to offer new services, such as VPN (accessing campus network resources from off-campus) and shared departmental file storage.


FCI updates will include:

  • Windows 7  or Macintosh OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Prelude, SpeedGrade, Audition, Lightroom, Bridge, Acrobat Pro)
  • Microsoft Office 2010 (Windows) or Office 2011 (Macintosh)
  • Corel Painter 12
  • Microsoft Live Essentials (Windows) or Apple iLife '11 (Macintosh)
  • Google Sketchup
  • Skype
  • Utilities: disc-burning, Wacom drivers, file compression/decompression
  • CCAD fonts
  • Web browsers: Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Opera
  • Plug-ins and media players: Flash, Shockwave, RealPlayer, SilverLight, etc.

These applications match those installed on standard classroom systems across campus for the 2014–2015 academic year.

NOTE: this year FCI desktop computers will receive the software listed above, not the full suite of applications installed in our computer labs.

Optional Software: AutoDesk Suites and SolidWorks

We have a limited number of these titles available for installation on faculty laptops. All installations will have to be approved by department chairs and/or deans. Please check for approval with that party before scheduling installation with the IT Help Desk.

Specialty Software: other applications you may want that are not included

In order to provide more options for faculty and better oversight for division deans, no other software will be supplied or installed. Instead, faculty members interested in specialty applications should submit a request to your dean for reimbursement to purchase your own personal educator’s copy of the application.

What is the Process?

Here's what you should do:

  1. Check with your division dean for permission in advance
  2. Purchase an education license of the software in your name. This software belongs to you, not the institution.
  3. Provide a copy of your receipt to your division dean, who will process a reimbursement.

Make sure to purchase at education discount

CCAD Supply Store 614.222.3253
Special discounts for CCAD students and faculty on select software

Academic Superstore 1.800.817.2347
Mac & Windows software and peripherals

Creation Engine 1.800.817.2347
Mac & Windows software 1.800.874.9001
Mac & Windows software

The IT Help Desk will be happy to help if you would like assistance installing your software.

Training Resources

Here are some online resources you may find useful.

Annual Software Updates

Each year, in May and June, all faculty computers will have updated software installed to match the applications and versions that will be used in the classrooms for the following academic year.

In some situations, this process may require erasing the entire hard drive. Therfore, you should always make sure to have a current backup before bringing your system in for the new software installation. Ask the IT Help Desk team for assistance if you're unsure about your backup. You should also be prepared to reinstall any additional software you may have added to your computer as well as printers, peripherals, configurations, settings, etc.

Loaner Systems

We will provide a few loaner laptops for situations when a faculty member’s computer needs service. These are reserved for temporary use by full-time faculty members when an FCI laptop must be in for service for more than 24 hours.

Faculty Computing Program FAQ

Can I request a custom configuration?

Unfortunately, custom configurations are not offered. The only way we can deliver these systems on time and within the budget limitations is to standardize the systems.

What happens to the old equipment? Can I buy ____?

This is the most common question we get. Unfortunately, the answer is no. Some retired systems will be retained as loaners, some may be used for parts. The rest will be disposed of along with classroom systems.

Information Technology Contact: 614.222.6174

May 2, 2013