How the Campus Crumbles: Colleges Face Challenges From Deferred Maintenance

Long Deferred, Campus Repairs Put Colleges in Dilemma 1

Kent State U.

Lester A. Lefton, president of Kent State University, has pushed to allow the university to borrow $170-million to deal with its deferred maintenance.

If there is one thing Steven C. Ender wants you to understand about the money he needs to fix up Grand Rapids Community College, it's this: "This is not about new carpet."

Mr. Ender, the college's president, can tick off the $2-million in repairs needed in the applied-technology center alone: Fire alarms, $21,000. Emergency lighting, $17,000. Roof exhaust fans, $130,000. Air-volume boxes, used for cooling, $931,000. And so on—with the most pressing needs totaling about