The mission of the University of West Georgia's Department of Publications and Printing is to provide premium quality printing and duplicating in the most convenient manner and at the best price for faculty, administration, staff, and students.
About the P&P Mission
P&P supports the University's instructional, research, and service mission by providing services to the campus community. The unit is a part of the Division of Business and Finance and reports to the Director of Auxiliary Services. Marketed as Your On-Campus Copy Center, the facility is located off Back Campus Drive in close proximity to the Humanities, TLC, Mathematics/Physics, and Social Sciences buildings, the Ingram Library, the College of Business, and administrative offices on front campus.
Publications and Printing provides duplicating services to augment individual copiers located in most department offices and also provides color copies and transparencies, design services, offset printing, a wide variety of finishing and binding services, laminating, large format posters, banners, presentation materials, and signs. The printing facility is equipped with MacIntosh publishing software, a high resolution imagesetter, state of the art film processor, plate burner and automated plate processor for imaging aluminum press plates, and light tables for film preparation. Imposition software greatly reduces the amount of film that must be stripped manually and streamlines the printing process.
A six-unit Komori printing press purchased in F08 replaced a two-color unit that had been in use since 1996. A two-color Ryobi press purchased new in 2003 continues in use for printing forms, letterhead, envelopes, and small-format process color work. Equipment upgrades meet Recommendation B of the SACS report.
The print shop staff performs finishing tasks using two folders, single and triple head drill units, a stitcher, computerized hydraulic paper cutter, automated collating and bindery system, manual hard- and softbound book binder for low-volume work, and spiral, coil, and tape binding systems. Two high-speed production copiers and two color copier/printers, both networked for electronic transmission, provide quick copy capability. Print files are received from throughout campus (meets Recommendation C of the SACS report). Sign and banner-making equipment was added in 2007. Most of P&P's equipment is now state-of-the-art. Various studies including the Planning and Prioritization study verify the value of the operation and satisfaction with services provided.
Income from fees charged for services to university departments, students, schools and some non-profit organizations, generates close to $500,000 annually.
Services offered by Publications and Printing assist university departments in preparing quality publications in support of the Institutional mission. Printing for classroom instruction, continuing education, and special academic programs funded from sources external to the University are fully supported. Numerous awards have been received for print excellence from the state's printing industry trade association, the Printing Industry Association of Georgia. Due to increased efficiency and improved equipment, the department's production has more than doubled in recent years while maintaining its small 9-member staff.
Major improvements have included implementing a temperature and humidity controlled production environment to control paper stock waste, and extending production floor space to alleviate crowding, when P&P expanded in 2001 to occupy the full 7,500 square foot building originally constructed for this purpose. The space was shared 50-50 with another department for many years until that department relocated to front campus. The last major building renovation took place in 2001. A loading dock roof was added in 2010.
Prepared for SACS review 10/01, Rev. 09/10, Rev. 12/11