College Cutbacks

It seems like the new “trend” towards frugality is reaching the hallowed halls of higher learning.

I read an interesting article yesterday about what different universities are doing to save money.

Some things seem logical like cutting power washing the sidewalks and windows once a year instead of twice. But some seem a little strange like virtual swim meets….

Virtual swim meets? I don’t know about you but there is nothing like direct competition to bring out the best (and sometimes the worst).

Teachers are being asked to take on a bigger course load and trash is being picked up weekly instead of daily. Do we really need trash picked up everyday- I wouldn’t think so but I feel bad for the custodians who lost their jobs as a result of this change.

Some colleges are saving six-figures by eliminating free laundry service (!) and specialty cable channels in dorm rooms(!!). If I were used to these freebies, I would be pretty upset.

Some are even implementing cost cutting programs with a sustainability edge such as lowering thermostats. I have absolutely not problem with this one personally since I prefer it cool. I know a lot of people who would have real issues with this one. My thinking is that you can always put on another pair of socks or a sweater if you are cold but there is a limit to what can be taken off when you are sweltering. 

Some schools are encouraging energy conservation by sharing a portion of the savings. Incentives are a great thing.

One school even found going trayless in cafeterias reduces food waste (and hot water costs)- saving $30,000 a semester. Huge saving for a seemingly inconsequential move. But I guess this also means an end to tray-bogganing.

Small changes can add up to significant savings- something that should be ingrained in us and not just something that we consider because of a cash crunch.


~ by angryegg on June 21, 2009.

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