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Evergreen Plan for Computers for Full-Time Faculty

NSCAD University is pleased to announce the details of a new 5-year ‘evergreen’ plan for the provision and replacement of MacBooks, iMacs, PC laptops and desktops for full-time, continuing faculty. This plan is aligned with the best practices at other Art schools in North America, with many elements adapted specifically for NSCAD.

The plan will provide replacement computing devices to eligible, full-time, continuing faculty based on a 5-year cycle. At the end of the fifth year, faculty are eligible to request a new machine for another 5 years. Before receiving a new machine, the faculty member must return the old machine or exercise an option to purchase that machine at a predetermined book value.

NSCAD will fully fund purchases of the new equipment up to a pre-set amount. Until further notice, the pre-set amount is $1,650.00.  A number of standard models will be listed on the Computer Services web site for faculty to choose from. The site will list model, technical specifications and the most recently available cost. Actual prices could vary at the time of Purchase Order.

Enhancement or top-ups are available on all equipment, keeping in mind that the University will only fund equipment under this plan (not software) and only up to the pre-set amount. Additional costs must be covered by the respective faculty member. Note that costs covered by faculty do not confer ownership and do not affect the predetermined buy-out amount.

All Apple equipment includes a 3-year AppleCare warranty where possible. Software is not included in the purchase and must be purchased through separate PO. University-provided software will require approval by the Academic department affected and the costs will be charged accordingly. When a purchase option is exercised, any University-provided software must be removed.

Please note that all requests must be made as part of the normal capital budget process. These requests are made in January for inclusion in the next year’s budget. All the conditions and guidelines in our Electronic Device Procurement Policy (Policy No 315-003) still apply. A copy of the procurement policy is available on the NSCAD website under About the University > Policies & Procedures and under Shops & Services > Computer Services.

Evergreen Computer Request Form
Evergreen Plan Agreement Form

Two examples of how the plan might work:

*Pricing shown is for illustrative purposes only. Hardware pricing is subject to change.


 13" MacBook Pro
  • 2.5GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5,
    Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
  • 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM — 2x2GB
  • 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
  • SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • AppleCare Protection Plan

  PRICING:  • Cost including taxes: $1643.58
  • Amount funded by the University: $1643.58
  • Cost to Faculty Member: $0
  • Buy-out cost after 5 years: $240


 15” MacBook Pro w/ Retina Display  • 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7,
    Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz
  • 16GB 1600MHz memory
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • AppleCare Protection Plan

  PRICING:  • Cost including taxes: $2977.58
  • Amount funded by the University: $1650
  • Cost to Faculty Member: $1327.58
  • Buy-out cost after 5 years: $245