Privatization of Campus Services in Broader Context

ACADEME BLOG

My most recent post reports on the efforts at Eastern Michigan University to forestall the privatization of the institution’s dining services.

In a post to the Miami University of Ohio chapter’s Facebook page, Cathy Wagner has provided not just a parallel example of this sort of privatization at that institution but a broader perspective on where these initiatives are originating:

“This morning (thanks to a heads-up from Dusty Jones, head of AFSCME) I attended an open forum about a report Miami commissioned to assess cost-cutting opportunities in the housing & dining and physical facilities units.

“The Ohio Task Force on Efficiency and Accountability required the assessment to be done. MU chose a consultant called SSC to do the assessment. SSC has a huge contract to provide custodial, etc. services at Texas A&M. So their report, written by their Head of Regional Sales, was part assessment, part sales pitch for outsourcing.

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