The Academic Technology Committee and
Information Technology, with discussions with
Student Government Board (SGB) and the approval
of the University Senate, are instituting a new
Print Quota system pilot for all computer labs.
for all students will be 300 pages per
This applies to paper,
not printouts; a 2-sided printout counts as
one page against your quota
You can check your
current quota at any time at
If you have less than 100 pages remaining in
your quota, you can request an additional
Click on the link below to view the proposal
submitted by the Academic Technology Committee
(ATC) and approved by the University Senate.
Some background information on the Print
Kutztown students, faculty and staff have
enjoyed free and unrestricted printing in public
computing locations and the library for many
past few years have seen a steady increase in
printing volume and costs.
During the 2005-2006 academic year
computer lab and library printers (not including
Mac labs such as A/V and Communication Design)
printed nearly 2.7 million pages costing the
university (using an average of 3˘ per page)
The increased volume may be the result of
the digitization of many KU library resources,
courses utilizing online learning management
systems, increased enrollment or the more
frequent use of the Internet in general, as well
as other factors.
In addition to the rise in costs an
overall decline in user satisfaction in computer
lab printing has been evident.
Students frequently complain of long
waits while other’s print jobs process, jammed
equipment and queues and paper waste.
A quick search on the Internet will show
KU’s experience is not unique.
Many colleges and universities have
experienced similar printing volume and cost
Information Technology studied public
printing models at the University of Buffalo,
University of Colorado at Boulder, University of
Michigan Law School, Saginaw Valley State
University and several other schools.
The solution at most colleges and
universities has been to implement a printing
control system to prevent abuse and meet
expectations for more reliable printing.
Listed below are some of
the reasons for the new system:
Environmental – Considerably reduces paper
from other universities have up to 40% of pages
printed are unclaimed.
At KU 40% of pages printed is just over 1
A reduction of 1 million pages per year
saves (from the University of Colorado at
Boulder printing policy):
165 trees annually
410 pounds of air pollution annually from manufacturing process
47,775 gallons of water annually from manufacturing process
27,996 kilowatt hours of
electricity annually from manufacturing process
553 cubic feet of landfill annually
Economics – with printing volume increasing
4%-5% each year it was no longer economically
viable for the departments to continue absorbing
the increased costs.
Fairness – Avoids many
students subsidizing the costs for a few
students who print in large volumes.
In a recent semester,
10% of the students using the computer
labs, 561 students, created over 43% of the
prints (567,880 pages) in the computer labs.
This should also reduce the chance of
long lines forming while a student prints an
extremely large document and greatly increase
the reliability of the printers in the labs as
the volume is decreased.