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Similar to the cold and flu season, no one is immune to being affected by the current economic downturn. The largest foundations and endowments in the world and most prestigious universities in the nation are also at risk of "getting sick."

Universities build residence halls with a variety of existing factors: demanding schedules, difficult sites, restricted budgets, and predetermined needs. Frequently universities need early involvement of the structural engineer to meet these requirements. However, most universities don't realize that early involvement of a structural engineer doesn't only help with the scheduling. It also helps in terms of cost and in decisions of which materials may be best for the budget and location.

Several years ago, I joined a University Cashier department as the first new employee hired after several staff cuts and a hiring freeze. Upon hiring me, my new manager enlightened me about the situation, and how unable he felt to "do any more with less." After thinking about what he said for a few weeks, I wondered if we should change our tack: rather than keep trying to do more, maybe we should do less.

We asked what makes your administrative department an efficiency model, and you delivered. Everyone in higher education is being forced to do more with less. Stellar campus administrative departments are continually working to also do it all better than ever before.

The maintenance shop crew's headquarters are in the basement of the housing complex. The crew includes staff with various areas of expertise.

The whole Document Imaging Taskforce can gather in the space of the Enrollment Management office that was reclaimed from file storage.

Director of Admission Larry Anderson and his staff, including Jennifer Shepard (left) and Mary Hrdina, can now make scholarship offers faster and with more accuracy.

In-person student leader training is quicker and less costly because of the initial online training.

Admissions administrators can view reports of applications that have come in.

Shop staff can stay on task when requestors want an update, as electronic status checks are simple.

Now that the graduate admissions office is no longer inundated with paper, staff can focus on getting applicants an answer quickly.

The story you are about to read is true. Only the names (of the schools) have been changed to protect the innocent.

My son Nick will graduate high school in June and the early months of this year have been spent applying for aid, completing applications, sending in fees, and all the other fun stuff that goes with applying to college.

We want to hear-and share-more efficiency success stories. If your administrative department has used new business processes and/or technology to become more efficient, saving resources such as time and money while also providing excellent service to students or your other constituents, tell us about it.

Reconciliation Act to Provide Better Funding

Each Models of Efficiency entry is evaluated internally by the University Business editorial team, as well as by at least two higher education administrators. Those external judges include:

? Henry Saas, bursar at Xavier University (Ohio)