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Food/Dining Service Student Fee

  • 1.  Food/Dining Service Student Fee

    Posted 11 days ago
    I don't think I've seen this idea discussed before, but for those of you who subsidize your dining service operations do you charge a student fee of any kind to cover the expense of the subsidy either dedicated or as part of another fee? Or do the funds come from elsewhere like general institutional funds?

    Thanks.

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    David Wahr, CASP
    Owens State Community College
    Director, Business Operations
    Toledo OH
    United States (567) 661-7401 (o)
    (567) 694-9443 (c)
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  • 2.  RE: Food/Dining Service Student Fee

    Posted 7 days ago
    David,
    I would encourage you to look at the Dining Dollars Plan at the University of Tennessee or the University of Memphis. I think the plan would work great on a Community College campus. it is a fully refundable program that allows students a small amount of money for dining only per semester and then refunds any unused portion at the end of each semester. Let me know if you have any questions.
    Danny Armitage

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    Daniel Armitage
    Associate Vice President Student Affairs
    University of North Texas
    (940)565-2033
    daniel.armitage@UNT.edu
    Denton Texas
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  • 3.  RE: Food/Dining Service Student Fee

    Posted 6 days ago
    We subsidize our dining services operation from general institutional funds. We do not charge a student fee to cover the subsidy.

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    Jodi Tindell
    McLennan Community College
    Coordinator, Purchasing/Central Services
    Waco TX
    United States
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  • 4.  RE: Food/Dining Service Student Fee

    Posted 7 days ago
    I thought I would pass these articles of Suffolk County Community College along who implemented this in/around 2015.  I believe this may be one of the only CC to do such a thing.  Their dining vendor is also the UofM's vendor.  I think Danny points out two great examples.  My prior school who also got the idea from the UofM.  I have been told this may be a little more difficult at a CC. I have reached out to Suffolk for some guidance on how to move forward but to no avail.

    https://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/suffolk-county-community-college-s-meal-plan-fee-criticized-1.10910675

    https://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/scc-imposes-new-200-meal-fee-1.10693341

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    Ray Karasek
    Community College of Rhode Island
    Aux Services Business Director
    Warwick RI
    United States
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  • 5.  RE: Food/Dining Service Student Fee

    Posted 6 days ago
    Thanks Ray! After looking at the articles, I would never do this program without a refund policy at the end of the semester. It is a student engagement, retention type program. I think it is very important to communicate that what we are trying to do is engage students in campus life and the academic environment. The refund portion is important for perspective and public relations. I am glad others are engaging students in this capacity. FYI- one year at Memphis we had 99% participation in the program.

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    Daniel Armitage
    Associate Vice President Student Affairs
    University of North Texas
    (940)565-2033
    daniel.armitage@UNT.edu
    Denton Texas
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  • 6.  RE: Food/Dining Service Student Fee

    Posted 6 days ago
    Thanks Danny and Ray,
    The idea we had was actually to charge a fee to support the subsidy we anticipate paying a provider for the losses to the food service without actually providing the student with anything in return - except having the food service available.

    We have discussed mandatory plans but wondered if they worked for a community college which is 100% commuter.  So, I really appreciate the articles. I'm glad to see that they are experiencing positive results in terms of retention and community building despite some push back.

    No easy answers, so we'll keep thinking.

    Dave


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    David Wahr, CASP
    Owens State Community College
    Director, Business Operations
    Toledo OH
    United States (567) 661-7401 (o)
    (567) 694-9443 (c)
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