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May 2012

UCO Recognized as ‘Model of Efficiency’ Among Higher Ed Institutions

The University of Central Oklahoma was recently recognized as a national Model of Efficiency for its innovative solution to a surplus of printers on the university’s campus that, so far, has saved the university $400,000.

In the past, Central employees could purchase printers from multiple vendors, resulting in nearly 1,500 copiers and printers in campus buildings.

Under the leadership of Denise Smith, director of purchasing, payment services and travel, the university switched to a one-vendor printing system in 2010 with Standley Systems.

The one-vendor system – which brought better oversight of equipment replacement, waste management and purchasing standards – along with the establishment of central locations for printers and copiers decreased the number of on-campus printers to 500, drastically reduced time spent on machine maintenance and resulted in significant savings.

The only Oklahoma institution named to the list, Central is one of 16 colleges and universities nationwide that were recognized for efficiency by University Business magazine and Higher One, a higher education technology and payment services company.

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