Are college housekeeping services necessary during economic difficulties?

July 5, 2010

"No. But it is a great service," says an official at California-based Claremont McKenna College, who notes that the school's housekeeping staff have good relationships with students. Such relationships are encouraged at Indiana's Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, whose dean of students says the housekeeping service is "an imperative part of residence life," and probably one of the top selling points among students living on campus. Should it need to cut its budget, Rose-Hulman wouldn't eliminate the service, but could potentially reduce housekeeping staff. "It makes parents feel better that they know it's going to be cleaned once a week," says the director of residence at Ohio-based Xavier University, which has not looked at cutting the service, despite having "budget-cutting exercises." Inside Higher Ed