MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) opened its doors to students in 1968 with 263 students. Now, it educates more than 1,800 proud enrollees pursuing postgraduate and undergraduate majors in over 40 areas of study.
But without a system to recover costs from nearly 2,000 users hitting ‘print' on a daily basis, blown budgets were getting in the way of education. It was time to upgrade their print network. And PaperCut MF turned out to be just the ticket.
Since implementation [of PaperCut MF], student printing in the library, the main printing venue, has decreased by over 30%.
No students quotas meant unaccounted-for printing and spiraling costs
With a large (and growing) number of users printing daily, MNU's printing had hit critical mass. Costs were spiralling out of control, and every new financial period meant yet another missed budget target.
Students freely printed any material from their own computers with zero tracking or accountability – and letting them print from their own BYOD devices like smartphones only exacerbated the problem. After all, more unmanaged printing isn't a good thing.
But keeping printing flexible for students was a top priority for MNU. They couldn't simply mandate less printing – they had to revisit how they were controlling it (with some help from PaperCut MF).