Colleges prove that small cutbacks add up to big savings
During these tough economic times, everybody wants to save their pennies; colleges are no exception. Almost all colleges are halting their large projects, but some colleges believe the smaller cutbacks will most likely prove most influential on the future of college life. The following – reported in the New York Times – serves as proof that the little things really do add up. Virtual Swim Meet? Dickinson College (PA) competed with Bryn Mawr College (PA), located 112 physical miles away from each other without ever leaving their respective campuses. Each team swam in their home pool and then compared times to determine the winners. Savings: $900.00 Cleaning is a vicious cycle… Some schools are reducing cleaning standards. Oberlin College (Ohio) scaled back on window washing. Savings: $22,300 Pitzer College (CA) power washes sidewalks and windows once a year instead of twice. Savings: not reported Carleton College (MN) has office trash picked up only once a week instead of every day. Savings: whatever it is, it’s most likely not worth it! One Can Always Hope for Perks At the University of Washington, telephone landlines no longer exist in faculty offices. Members of the faculty are encouraged to use their cell phones or the landlines in common areas. Savings: $1,100 a month Cornell College (IA) decided not to upgrade the telephone system since most students rely on cell phones. Savings: $40,000 Dickinson cut back on free laundry service and removed free ESPN and HBO from student rooms Savings: $150,000 and $75,000 (respectively) Whittier College (CA) cut one day of new student orientation. Savings: $50,000 Whitman College (WA) limits free printing for students to $60 a semester. Savings: not reported Cafeteria Cutbacks Whittier College instituted “Trayless Tuesdays” – an initiative to cut back on hot-water and detergent costs by not using trays. Lo and behold food waste also dropped from 7.4 oz per student to 4.6 oz. Soon after, Whittier went completely trayless. Savings: $30,000 The College of Wooster (OH) shut down one dining hall, leaving one in operation to service the entire campus. Washington and Jefferson College (PA) even cut back on the trustee meals. Instead of serving breakfast at meetings the trustees are given cafeteria passes. Savings: not entirely clear “Chill Out” At Davidson College (NC) students are cold in their dorm rooms and overheated outside. The college started the “chill out” program which saves money on heating costs by turning down thermostats. Savings: not reported At the same time, Davidson serves tap water instead of bottled water at campus events Savings: $10,000 The small and subtle changes will surely change college life more than any salary cut. All the little things add up and can change the way of life on college campuses for a long time to come.