Action Research Project: Cutting Costs and Conserving Energy at the University of Minnesota
Cutting costs and conserving energy at the University of Minnesota
Team members: Tim, Therese, Katie, Bridget
Overview: We seek student and community input for cutting costs from the campus budget. What problems do members of the campus community see currently, and what ways do they believe that costs could be cut? What programs or services at the University of Minnesota are unnecessary, could be suspended or could be changed to conserve money and energy? We will survey a sample of students, staff and faculty to ask for their ideas to lower costs and conserve energy, and we will collect this information through online surveys or email. We will then present the ideas to the related departments for review.
Goal: Our goal is not to physically implement the change, but rather to gather COMMUNITY INPUT on how money can be saved for the U of M and for students, and then to present the information to the responsible department.
To put the plan into action: We will conduct the survey online, with an email address that members of the campus community can use to submit their ideas. We will use online rather than paper survey to save paper and reduce waste. Ideas that are entered could be put into a drawing for a prize, such as tickets to sporting events, or other items that may be donated.
We will attempt to obtain university email lists to request suggestions and ideas for the project. Any mass email will be first sent to Dr. Crosby for review. We will contact One Stop and find a way to be put on the web page. The Minnesota Daily could feature a small article on our project as advertisement, or we could advertise for free, if possible, as a student group.
We will need to identify points of contact at the departmental level for information flow. We will contact the department related to any given idea, and present the information or suggestion.