Longer Days and Shorter Weeks as Colleges Cope With Soaring Energy Costs

Nestled in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains, Western Carolina University doesn't offer the most stressful of commutes. But in the coming year, the Cullowhee, N.C., university hopes to provide a regional shuttle service and an online carpool program so students and employees can share rides with commuters from four other colleges nearby.

This summer Western Carolina is also letting employees work four 10-hour days instead of five eight-hour days, an enticing option as gasoline