Pharos Printing

Updates for Spring 2013

With Spring semester, students will see an increased print quota and a decreased cost per page to print. 

Due to the savings realized during the fall semester, student print quotas will be increasing from $25.00 to $30.00 per semester.  Additionally, costs per page will be reduced from $0.10 for simplex (one-sided) to $0.075, and from $0.15 for duplex (two-sided) to $0.10.  This means students taking advantage of duplex printing will effectively double the number of sheets they can print from their quota.

Also, printing from personal devices will be piloted during the spring semester.  This means students will be able to send a print job to a Pharos lab printer from their own devices -- desktops to laptops to tablets, on-campus or off.  This service will be available from Pharos printers which have a card reader attached.  Watch for more news as this next feature of the Pharos system is enabled.

As a reminder to all students, refunds are issued in case of a printer malfunction only.  It is your responsibility to preview the job to ensure that you will receive what you expect, and that only the pages you wish will be printed.  In case of a printer malfunction, return the unacceptable pages to the Learning Commons HelpDesk, along with your TTU email address.

 

Pharos Reports for Fall, 2012

Information compiled during this semester:

  • About 259 students have gone over quota -- approximately 3.5%
  • Of those 259, half are less than 100 pages over quota
  • The average amount printed by all students is 86 pages
  • Students have printed over 750,000 pages (8/26-11/26)
  • A 25% reduction is paper and toner wastes is reported

Pharos FAQ

Read the most frequently asked questions about Pharos.

 

 

 


 

[Previous entries regarding Pharos] 

Pharos Implementation Phase 3

During the summer, Phase 3 of the Pharos implementation will begin. Students enrolled for the summer semester will receive a new $25 printing allowance, and billing for overages in printing will occur on the last day of each month of the semester. ITS will also continue to work with our faculty in order to ensure that printing requirements for classes are optimized and do not put an undue burden on our students; we also encourage students to make use of the duplexing feature on lab printers in order to make the best use of your printing allowance (333 of double-sided printing vs. 250 pages for single-sided).

Thank you for your continued support! If you have any questions regarding printing, please see the IT HelpDesk located in the Learning Commons.

 

Pharos Testing Moving to Phase 2; Printing Remains Free for Spring

ITS appreciates the positive responses received regarding our Pharos green printing initiative. This semester, as additional printers were added to the Pharos system, you may have noticed a new printing message regarding the cost of the document you requested to print, as well as your remaining balance for printing. During this first phase of our implementation, we are not charging for printing, so your initial semester balance has not decreased.

As we move into Phase 2 on Monday, March 19, you will begin to see your initial semester balance of $25.00 decreasing with each print job. Once your balance has been depleted, you will begin to see a negative balance appear, indicating the amount that you would owe on your printing account. You may also notice your balance fluctuating from day to day as we make changes in order to adequately test the billing system. Once your printing balance reaches the negative, the Pharos system would transfer this balance to the Bursar's Office, where it would be billed to your student account. You would receive an email notification from the Bursar's Office when this amount posted to your account.

However, you may disregard these notices for this semester as we continue to thoroughly test the new system. YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED FOR PRINTING FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SPRING SEMESTER.

During the summer, Phase 3 of the Pharos implementation will begin. Students enrolled for the summer semester will receive a new $25 printing allowance, and billing for overages in printing will occur on the last day of each month of the semester. Also during Phase 3, students will begin testing printing to the Pharos system from their personal devices, both on and off campus. ITS will also continue to work with our faculty in order to ensure that printing requirements for classes are optimized and do not put an undue burden on our students; we also encourage students to make use of the duplexing feature on lab printers in order to make the best use of your printing allowance (333 of double-sided printing vs. 250 pages for single-sided).

Thank you for your continued support! If you have any questions regarding printing, please see the IT HelpDesk located in the Learning Commons.

Pharos Enters Phase 1 of Implementation

As you may have read, ITS has been working on a solution to help reduce printing waste on campus.

Beginning in 2008, the costs for toner and paper, paid via Technology Access Fee funds, began increasing significantly -- usually doubling -- each semester. This reduced the amount of dollars available for student technology items.  Recycling bins placed in each computer lab provided evidence that some students were abusing the printing offered, wasting hundreds of sheets of paper by printing documents and never picking them up.  Around this same time, ITS began receiving feedback from students regarding this waste, asking us to help stop this problem so TTU could go “greener.”

We are happy to announce that the long-awaited solution, Pharos Uniprint, is being installed and will be working this Spring semester.  Every student will receive a printing quota per semester, valued at the equivalent of 250-300 single black-and-white sheets.  This amount is in excess of what the vast majority of our students print.

Students will send a print job to the printer of their choice; the print dialog box will notify the student of the charge for the selected prints, and ask for confirmation to continue.  The print job will then be held at the printer, until the student swipes his or her Eagle card, confirming identity and granting permission to print.  Printers used exclusively in a classroom will print directly, without the need to release the job at the print station.

For the first few weeks of this semester, students will see these changes implemented in various computer labs around campus. Although students will see the Pharos dialog box and still need to release the print jobs at the printing station, the page cost will be initially be set to $0.00 per page. This will allow our campus community time to adjust to these changes, and to allow ITS to monitor the processes; no charges will be incurred for printing until later in the semester.  

After the initial quota is used, printing will cost $0.10 per single-sided black-and-white page, or $0.15 per double-sided black-and-white page (0.075 per side), so that students receive an additional discount for printing greener with double-sided copies. Students can use dollars added to their EagleCard to purchase printing beyond first allotment.

Check back to this site for more information about adding pages to your quota, printing from your own computer (coming soon!), and new capabilities.

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