Due to an error on my part, I missed publishing this a couple weeks ago. Please consider this my October blog, and please look out for my November entry after Thanksgiving. Today’s entry features our exciting new printing initiative, our work to improve accessibility, and our Student Technology Advisory Committee.
Coming soon: Campus-wide print improvements!
VCU is excited to announce our new partnership with Canon Solutions America, Inc. that will reinvent our print experience across all campuses. This initiative will deliver improvements to managed print services for faculty and employees.
Here’s a sneak-peek at what’s coming: New, reliable print devices that simply work better
- Our goal is to provide more convenient locations, more options for color printing, and more reliable, higher quality technology that is cutting edge.
- We’re transitioning to brand-new, fast, reliable Canon multifunction devices that print, copy, scan, and fax
- We’re introducing new secure, print anywhere technology, which allows you to print your job, then retrieve it—when you want—at any Canon printer
- This program will deliver both cost and environmental savings to individuals, departments and the University
- Improved tracking of print consumption and simplified invoice delivery for fiscal administrators
We believe these new solutions will make everyone’s life a little easier. They’ll also help the University save time, money, and the environment by consolidating administration and optimizing device performance.
Be on the lookout for the Canon team who will be working with TS to inventory print devices around campus in the coming weeks. Answer a brief survey at vcuprintsurvey.questionpro.com to expedite the inventory process. And then watch out for more information as we begin to offer and implement this exciting new programs!
National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2018, Champion of Accessibility Awards, EIT Accessibility Coordinator
October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which has celebrated disability inclusion for more than 70 years. This annual campaign seeks to raise awareness regarding disability employment issues as well as highlighting the various contributions of the American workforce with disabilities.
VCU’s Transforming Accessibility Initiative emphasized this year’s NDEAM theme, “America’s Workforce: Empowering All,” with the creation of the Champions of Accessibility Awards. These awards acknowledge VCU faculty, staff, and students that have made significant contributions to VCU accessibility and general disability support. Technology Services, using our web governance hat, presented the first annual Digital Certainty Index (DCI) awards as part of the Champions of Accessibility. The DCI is a measurement of a website’s accessibility and usability, while also comparing websites within the same industry. The DCI was developed by SiteImprove, an application Technology Services acquired in 2017 to evaluate and remediate VCU web accessibility.
The DCI awards were split into three categories including large (over 200 webpages), medium (25-99 webpages), and small (less than 25 webpages). Physics was awarded the highest DCI for large websites, Biology received the award for medium websites, and Web Standards, a site developed by the T4 group including Sam Yerkes, Joel Eisner received the small website honors. This award accentuates the continual commitment of Technology Services to digital inclusiveness at VCU.
To that end, Technology Services has added a new position to the Web Services group. The EIT Accessibility Coordinator, Corie Forrest, was hired this month to continually evaluate digital accessibility and develop remediation strategies for VCU’s information systems.
Student Technology Advisory Committee (STAC)
This year marks the fifth year anniversary for the Student Technology Advisory Committee. The committee, also known as STAC, is a vital component for VCU Technology Services (VCU TS) and our partners to learn about the needs of students in order to ensure we are providing the best support to students for academic success in and out of class. The committee advises VCU TS in matters related to service design and implementation, programming, and promotion of technology at VCU. Specifically, STAC is designed to:
-Advise and assist in the design and implementation of services affecting all students
-Offer a student perspective on relevant VCU Technology Services issues
-Participate in projects or activities that promote VCU Technology Services among students
Thanks to the students below who make up the 2018-19 Student Technology Advisory Committee:
|Linda Alexander||Garland Alvey|
|Amy Ariel||Sharukh Arshad|
|Lexine Diaz||Taylor Duncan|
|Journey Entzminger||Silas French|
|Shivakumar Hunagund||Jonathan Lu|
|Benjamin Napier||Ibrahim Neberai|
|Catherine Nguyen||Ketan Nirpagare|
|Paige Punzalan||Jerica Santorum|
|Vardan Tuladhar||Elisabeth Zernik|
I wish you all a most excellent Thanksgiving holiday!