• August 29, 2015

Episode 61: Why Can't Colleges Maintain What They Buy?

Technology needs care and feeding, yet some colleges have trouble keeping up. Scott Carlson and Warren Arbogast talk about why.

Scott Carlson, a Chronicle reporter, and Warren Arbogast, a technology consultant who works with colleges, talk about the headaches, anxieties, and general problems you might be having with technology on your college campus. Look for new installments every other Thursday.


1. higherandhigher - November 11, 2009 at 03:38 pm

For that matter, colleges don't maintain what they BUILD, either. Equipment is bought and buildings are often built with non-recurring funds (grants, donations, fees, etc.).

2. robertswh - November 12, 2009 at 09:54 am

Somehow, "The John Q. Doe Fund for Maintenance" doesn't have the ring that big donors want...

3. higherandhigher - November 12, 2009 at 06:14 pm

Yep, roberswh, the "The John Q. Doe Fund for Maintenance" or "The John Q. Doe Fund for Heating and Cooling" just don't get much attention...

I do wish universities would plan based on total costs (there's some of that, but not enough).

4. jamesholloway - November 12, 2009 at 08:02 pm

It would have been quicker to read this, rather than to listen to it.

5. pplatt002 - November 16, 2009 at 05:07 pm

Agree with James

6. rmoore1223 - November 16, 2009 at 05:10 pm

If Universities would at least attempt to "fund" the depreciation expenses that they recognize, they would at least begin to have money for Repair and Replacement of capital items.

Donors should consider the Universities track record in that regard when they consider donations to Universities.

7. emmadw - November 17, 2009 at 04:20 am

Part of me agrees with James & pplatt ... but then I started to think of all my dyslexic students - who'd rather have the speech. Guess the ideal is to have both. (And that would help anyone who's hearing impaired, rather than those like James & I who are just time short!)

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