DUE Leadership in Stewardship

By Daniel Hastings, Dean for Undergraduate Education

This year all DUE offices been reducing discretionary spending. I have been impressed by how well DUE offices have stepped up to reduce the spending on food and events. The money saved is helping us to focus more effectively on our core mission.

As we head into the new fiscal year, I would like DUE to be seen as one of the leaders at MIT in appropriate stewardship. There are many ways we can express this leadership. We have been encouraged by many of the good ideas that have been suggested by DUE members to our own idea bank and I would like to hear more of these ideas. At the same time, the DUE Working Groups recently submitted their reports to me. Their recommendations will provide the basis for additional new approaches that enable us to sharpen our focus and use our resources most effectively.

Two ideas that have been suggested recently by the Institute budget task forces are:

  • Making printing of paper the exception rather than the norm
  • Having all DUE offices move to shared multifunction printers/copiers/fax machines and eliminating individual printers over time

These moves will save DUE money in paper and ink and save MIT money in electricity costs. I would like all DUE offices to implement these ideas as soon as is practical. The implementation of these ideas will also demonstrate to students and faculty that we are serious about operating in the most lean, cost effective manner possible.

If you have other suggestions for reducing spending, please submit them via the DUE Idea Bank. I appreciate your efforts.