February 14, 2008

University extends discounts on computer purchases to alumni

Once again, Case Western Reserve University is teaming up with Dell to provide an additional segment of its community -- alumni -- with educational discounts on personal computers.

The benefit, first offered to faculty, staff and students in 2002, now is being extended to the university's more than 100,000 alumni. The program was opened to emeriti faculty earlier this year.

A portion of proceeds from Dell computers purchased by faculty, staff, students and, now, alumni through the strategic partnership are used to enhance technology programs on campus. Dell also works with Case Western Reserve to configure the computers to meet the university's technical specifications.

In addition to the educational discount on the overall price, negotiated computer systems purchased through the strategic partnership include a three-year, in-home service "no fault, next business day warranty." The service plan covers accidents, including drops and spills, as well as other technical issues, and a Dell-appointed technician will come to a faculty, staff, student or alumni's home or office to repair the computer within one business day of the service call.

While the educational discounts available to members of the university community are competitive, they may not always be the lowest net price available among all outlets. For instance, some Dell promotions may offer a free peripheral device included with a higher-priced system, which could be considered a better value.

In addition, the discount is limited to two laptop and/or desktop purchases per person, regardless of the number of university affiliations the person may have, within a 12-month period.

To qualify for the benefit, members of the Case Western Reserve community need to purchase Dell computer systems through the Information Technology Services e-Store. A university network ID and password are needed to access the site. Alumni who do not have a current university account can apply online for a Case Western Reserve e-mail address.

Posted by: Paula Baughn, February 14, 2008 09:25 AM | News Topics: Alumni, Collaborations/Partnerships, Faculty, Technology

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