As Campuses Crumble, Budgets Are Crunched

When state officials, university administrators, or other visitors come to talk to Jack Baker about the challenges he faces with a backlog of maintenance at the University of Maryland's campus here, it helps to have tangible evidence. Rattling off a number like $620-million — the estimated cost of repairs needed at College Park — just doesn't convey the need like a rotted chunk of a building.

So on his windowsill, he keeps a foot-size piece broken off one of the