Costs for printers, copiers and other equipment should be evaluated not only by the initial purchase price but also by the ongoing cost of maintenance and consumables (toner, drums, etc.). Oftentimes a device which is costs a little more will be significantly cheaper to run. For example, when our large departmental printer went out of commission a few years ago, I researched the consumables costs of comparable devices ...more »
As a last resort, rather than layoffs in this uncertain job market, perhaps a temporary pay cut on linear scale where the more earned the larger the percentage cut.
The Maverick Discount Program is for students, faculty and staff. If you show your Maverick ID at certain area businesses you receive discounts on different types of services. The current program is listed on the Student Congress site, but it would be nice for Human Resources to list it as well. Here's a sample of UT's Human Resources/Benefits version of it that we could possibly mimic. http://www.utexas.edu/hr/edp/ ...more »
Start offering afternoon, evening and weekend courses on a bigger scale. We are already heating/cooling the buildings and lighting them, why not use them.
Boosting employee morale during economic times should be a focus of the Administration, especially during this time of economic stress and budget cuts. By providing low-cost competitions, such as the Blazing Race which was held this week, employees will not only improve their team building and communications skills, but can reduce work-related stress during the employee’s lunch hour. In participating in the Blazing ...more »
Establish an electronic grade book that ties in with MyMav rosters and registration. Students can go on line and see what their grade status is at anytime and teachers will not have to keep a hard copy saving paper.
Instead of professors printing off syllabuses/handouts and the likes for students, it would be more cost efficient and less time consuming for the information to be on Blackboard.
Eventually convert all staff and student parking lots into mulitlevel parking garages. There are not enough parking spaces to accomadate the growth of the campus. Most individuals cannot leave for lunch without losing their parking spot.
Many faculty probably already do this,but paperless grading really helps everyone. It's especially good on the instructor's end for managing large classes: 1) students have a "time stamp" for when they turned in work, eliminating fuss of claims that it was turned in on XYZ date 2) students get quicker feedback and grades through the learning management system and 3) there is room for hybrid teaching or assignments, enhancing ...more »
Diplomas, commencement programs, alumni magazine, recruitment materials, and all other high-profile printed materials should be printed on paper manufactured with a high percentage of post-consumer content and should be prominently labeled as such. So should all University and departmental letterhead. This practice would prominently emphasize the University's commitment to sustainability and help fulfill the mission of ...more »
Turning off the air conditioning when not needed in campus buildings will save energy and money.
I am constantly getting flyers for various campus events that have nothing to do with my department or my program - frequently these are on card stock and in color, which means they were not cheap to produce. It seems like notice of campus events, such as bed races and even speakers, could be sent out via email and save paper and a large amount of money. Similarly, while Christmas and Thanksgiving cards are cute, ...more »