In the crush of tight budgets, shaky state revenues, and a glacial economic recovery, isn't it time to put our heads together and try to come up with ways that Edison can save a few more dollars?
Even if the college can only save a few cents for itself, or for our students, shouldn't it be done?
So please, think outside the box (or inside it, if that's where you think best) and share your ideas through comments here. I'm confident that the more dedicated administrators and board members keep up with this blog.
A couple of rules just to prevent repetition:
- Yes, we'd save money by firing your least-favorite people. No, let's not nominate them here; they've been mentioned elsewhere.
- Yes, we'd save money by eliminating entire offices, programs, or initiatives. See above.
- Please read the previous suggestions and don't copy them.
- This is brainstorming; if you can improve on a previous suggestion, do so.
- Offer constructive criticism if you think an idea misses the mark.
Since I don't mind going first, here's a few to start:
- The "Security" pick-up truck is old and costly. The replacement should be an all-electric vehicle (Zenn or Zap brand, for example). These "city cars" cost as little as $10K new, require almost no maintenance, and drive 50 miles for pennies. Upside: frees up one parking spot for students as the car will need to be plugged in when parked (probably back by maintenance). Downside: security will be a li'l cold when driving the campus in wintertime.
- Consider replacement of other vehicles with electric-powered ones as well. Of course, no electric vehicle has the power to do the heavy maintenance work--but a "city car" could run some local errands, for example.
- Why issue new "staff" parking stickers every year? Let us use the old ones until our supply is exhausted. (Students, of course, will still need new ones every fall.)
- Course syllabi are beginning to rival textbooks in size and scope. Let's keep all the documents we currently use, but reduce the paper consumption by: (a) providing syllabus part I only online (2) giving all students paper copies only of the following part II sections: contact information, course calendar, assignments, grading, and required texts and manuals (3) putting all policy statements and other material online; in the case of the disability policy that seems to be a legal mandate, print it on all student's course schedules at time of enrollment instead of requiring it on all printed syllabi. There--we've just saved reams of paper, with the environmentally-friendly upside.
- Speaking of textbooks, our bookstore should be tasked with developing a book rental program ASAP. Students' costs would be cut, and we'd potentially increase store revenues by competing with online resellers.