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.

Unfortunately budget constraints do not allow for hardware replacements for the 2015-16 school year. If you were scheduled for a new computer this year, you will instead be eligible next year. In order to maintain a consistent replacement cycle and provide the same experience for all users, it is necessary that all current FCI computers be used for an additional year. Previously scheduled 2016 replacements will therefore occur in 2017 and so forth. We thank you for your understanding in this matter. 

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. Therefore, 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 re-install any additional software you may have added to your computer as well as printers, peripherals, configurations, settings, etc.


FCI updates will include:

  • Operating System: Windows 7 or Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • 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
  • Microsoft Live Essentials (Windows) or Apple iLife (Macintosh)
  • Google Sketchup
  • Skype
  • Utilities: disc-burning, Wacom drivers, file compression/decompression
  • 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 2015–2016 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. Instead, faculty members interested in specialty applications should submit a request to their dean for acquisition of the needed software. The dean will coordinate with the IT Department to facilitate purchase and installation.

Training Resources

Here are some online resources you may find useful.

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 1, 2015