Archive for Monday, February 9, 2009

KU looking for suggestions on ways to save money

February 9, 2009


Kansas University leaders have created a suggestion box to collect ideas for savings and increased efficiency as KU faces budget reductions.

“The university has an obligation to taxpayers, students and families to operate as efficiently as possible,” KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway said. “Many good ideas have already been suggested, but I am sure there are many more out there from people who are on the front line and see ways we might be able to operate more efficiently.”

The suggestion box is available online at or at Hemenway’s home page,


jayhawk00 9 years, 3 months ago

turn down the heating in some of the buildings (e.g. wescoe) right now and don't cool them down too much in summer...

JHawker 9 years, 3 months ago

Mandate double-sided printing. Faculty wastes so much paper by not utilizing double-sided printing, it's not only a waste of money but its a waste of paper and terrible for the environment.

nobody1793 9 years, 3 months ago

"Mandate double-sided printing. Faculty wastes so much paper by not utilizing double-sided printing, it's not only a waste of money but its a waste of paper and terrible for the environment."Who will buy them double sided printers? Ever try printing a 100 page document with the evens on one side and then printing the odds on the other, only to find that a few pages stuck together, throwing the entire thing off and having to start all over? I hate when that happens.

rusty2 9 years, 3 months ago

change the academic calendar to avoid August air-conditioning costs for starters.

newsreader 9 years, 3 months ago

Just do what the city does, hire a consultant for $100,000 to teach you how to save $50,000.

jumpin_catfish 9 years, 3 months ago

I thought that was what chancellor's staff was for but I do like scooterxich's idea. This is a liberal academic organization at its best. It knows how to suck up the money but it doesn't know how to save it. Funny!

Shardwurm 9 years, 3 months ago

How about this:Make your professors start teaching classes instead of charging students $1,000 a class for a grad student. Wait...that won't save money - you're getting $30,000 to $50,000 per class and only paying the grad student $5, about reducing your tuition so a normal middle-class Kansas resident can afford to attend school? If you make it more affordable more will come and your revenue will increase. Nah...that wouldn't work. We need the middle class to finance the university for the poor and the rich.No suggestions.

stringace 9 years, 3 months ago

Like most people think about KU start at the top and go down.There is way too much administration in the system as in any government entity,the position descriptions and what the people actually do are just ridiculous and get paid a ridiculous amount for something that someone else could be doing,instead of chatting,surfing or whatever they do to waste(our money &) time.Any office with only 1 administrator does not need a secretary and if you go into the chancellors domain there are several secretaries,of course it is a secretary who makes up for the ignorance of their superior most of the time!!! There is still much to be saved on just the utilities all around campus,the lighting seems to be under ore supervision and most are more responsible about turning off lights when they are not needed. The gas situation it is a good thing that gas prices are down(for now) but there is way too much traffic of state vehicles through out the day.Some individuals do have to drive a lot to get their jobs done but some vehicles seem that all they do is drive around all day.I decided to inquire and struck up a conversation with one of these individuals and found out as a supervisor they only have to work 20% of their work time...hmmm give them 20% of their paycheck!!! If that supervisor put in the 8 hours of work that their crews have to daily and they have only a 10 person crew,that immediately increases the workflow by 10%,getting more done and without any addition of funds.

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