Union College Growing While Others Look to Cut

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

As many colleges are looking for ways to cut back, officials at at one local college are telling a different story. The president of Union College says numbers are growing for both students and faculty.

Union College officials say good planning is helping them through the struggling economy.

"Let's see what we can do with Union, and and how can we shape it for the future," says president Edward de Rosset.

As the college faces the largest freshman class in 21 years, they are staying true to their "One to One" slogan.

"We pride ourselves on the personal attention we can give our students. And to do that we know we have to increase the faculty," says Jerry Jackson, Dean of Enrollment Management.

Officials plan to increase faculty by 10% next school year, while continuing to look for ways to use money more efficiently, such as removing trays from the lunch line.

"We had a lot of food waste in our cafeteria. And this year it's dropped tremendously without trays. It also saves on the amount of detergent we use, so it helps the environment, plus the amount of water that's used in the cafeteria," says Debbie D'Anna, Dean for Student Development.

Union spent more than 4 million dollars installing geothermal heating in campus buildings, something they say will soon pay for itself.

"We've seen a great decrease in our utility costs, which was the plan with the bond so that we would be able to sustain and be able to pay back that initiative and it was just trying to make it as revenue neutral as possible," says Jackson.

Union President Ed de Rosset plans to add more programs and facilities but also says its important for the college to live within its means.

Union College officials say they have a planned tuition increase but say it is less than the reported statewide average of about 6 percent.

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