Magazine article University Business

Smart Scheduling Saves University over $85,000

Magazine article University Business

Smart Scheduling Saves University over $85,000

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Enrollments at America's colleges and universities have increased 10% since 1995, and are projected to increase by as much as 12% by the year 2012. Meanwhile, the number of full-time faculty members to support these students has only increased 7% since 1995.

At the same time, public funding for Higher Education is shrinking at an alarming rate as state governments announce funding cutbacks to public colleges and universities across the nation.

Data from the Society for College and University Planning indicates that since 1974, the amount of actual classroom space has decreased in America's colleges and universities, citing that the majority of new facilities have been used for non-instructional purposes.

Increasingly, more campuses are looking at academic scheduling software to find new ways to address these challenges. Kathy Chancellor, Office Systems Specialist at Eastern Illinois University, says "We use Astra Schedule [www.astraschedule.com] to restrict scheduling to three campus buildings during Fridays and weekends for classes and events.

"After looking at a variety of different scheduling scenarios, we settled on a schedule that we estimate saved the University over $85,000 in energy costs during the summer alone. …

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