Faculty Computer Refresh

Faculty Refresh is a program which ensures that full-time Kent campus faculty members have current computers available for their use at minimal or no cost to the department.

All eligible academic units will be contacted by the Faculty Refresh Group with a list of eligible faculty. Academic unit heads and local IT support professionals should check with faculty members to determine what machine each individual wants.

If you have any questions regarding the Faculty Refresh Program, please contact the Faculty Refresh Group:

E-mail: facultyrefresh@kent.edu


Who is eligible?

Currently, all full-time tenure-track and non tenure-track faculty members at the Kent campus are covered.

How often will my computer be replaced?

Computers provided under the Faculty Refresh Program are currently replaced every four years based on a cycle indicator, as shown below.

Cycle indicators will be a 1, 2, 3, or 4.    

  • Cycle 1 computers were last replaced in FY2020 and will be replaced again in FY2025 . 

  • Cycle 2 computers were scheduled to be replaced in FY2021 but were postponed due to the COVID pandemic. They will be replaced FY2022 (this year) and will be replaced again in FY2026. 

  • Cycle 3 computers were last replaced in FY2018 and will be replaced again in FY2023. 

  • Cycle 4 computers were last replaced in FY2019 and will be replaced again in FY2024. 

What type of computer can I choose?

You may choose one of the standard computers, you may opt to purchase an upgraded standard computer, or, if none of the standard computers meet your needs, apply for a nonstandard computer. If you have additional questions, please contact the Faculty Refresh Group at facultyrefresh@kent.edu.

Please note that all Faculty Refresh machines must adhere to the University Policy Register

Is there any advantage to choosing a standard model computer?

Standard model computers allow us to both negotiate better pricing and provide consistency across the campus. It also provides us the ability to have trained professionals who can better assist you with your computing needs.

What are the current standard model computers available under the Faculty Refresh program?

See Current Models

Can I give my computer to someone else to use?

No. Refresh computers are provided for use by the eligible faculty members.

If I don't want a computer, can I have the money to purchase other equipment or supplies?

Unfortunately, the answer to this is no. The purpose of the computer refresh program is to replace the computers before the technology becomes obsolete.

What happens to the old computer when my computer is replaced?

Existing machines stay in the academic unit. Chairs and directors must make every effort to sustain a supportive, professional environment for all who engage in scholarship and teaching in the department or school. Thus, chairs and directors should pass on existing machines to graduate students and part-time faculty who are not eligible for new machines in the refresh program. Further, the issuance of a Refresh machine should not be used to provide an individual faculty member with two machines.

My department has no use for my old computer. Can I purchase it?

No. University policy dictates that equipment must be made available for use by other departments within the University.

Can I make an upgrade to the standard model computer configurations?

Yes, but this must be approved by your department head and the additional cost of the upgrade will be charged to your department plus a special ordering process fee of $100.

What should I do if I have other questions?

Contact the Faculty Refresh Group at facultyrefresh@kent.edu.