Student services are important for ensuring students benefit from a full college life experience. Learning within the academic classroom is important but students also learn from the total college experience. Student services play an important role in these experiences – student clubs, student senates, student events, dorm life, dining, etc. Such services, however, cost money and should be periodically reviewed in terms of their cost versus value to student life.
Determine actual costs for student services and adjust fees accordingly
Improve or eliminate student services that are costly but not essential
Recruit tutors for students from the private sector
Have psychiatric counselors on call and not permanently employed at the health center
Eliminate the less-used student services and consolidate others
Eliminate “optional” services that are not self-funded
Make food service self-service without changing prices
Privatize many of the non-instructional services for students
Cut non-critical campus activities (e.g., guest speakers) for a limited time period
Have Associated Students Government fees fund their administrator
Have theater box office revenues cover supplies, maintenance, and other contractual costs
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Note: The ideas shared are not prescriptive and will not work in all situations or at all institutions. Some of the ideas are tactical – quick victories to save money in easy ways. Others are strategic, requiring careful analysis before implementing.