Technology

Evaluate long-term costs of equipment

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 »

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Work and Benefits

Let Faculty/Staff know about Maverick Discount Program

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 »

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Staff Life

Boosting Employee Morale

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 »

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Sustainability

Paperless teaching and grading

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 »

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Sustainability

Use recycled paper for all high-profile publications

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 »

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Cost Savings

extra flyers and paper

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 »

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