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Magazine Highlights Purdue Calumet Cost-Cutting

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Purdue University Calumet is featured in University Business magazine's "Models of Efficiency" program. The publication highlights the school's plan to cut costs by making changes to its restrooms.

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November 28, 2011

News Release

Hammond, Ind. -- Purdue University Calumet is one of six colleges and universities nationwide recognized by University Business magazine’s “Models of Efficiency” program, which is sponsored by Higher One, a company that assists in college technology and payment services operations. The Models of Efficiency program recognizes innovative approaches for streamlining higher education operations through technology or business process improvements.

“Efficient business operations translate into better experiences for students and administrators alike, and the Models of Efficiency program aims to encourage schools to prioritize service,” said Tim Goral, editor-in-chief of University Business. “Purdue University Calumet stands out for developing a very effective solution to a challenging situation.”

When it was time to cut costs, Purdue University Calumet found savings in an unexpected place: the campus restroom. “We looked at where we could be more efficient in terms of labor hours and the cleanliness of our bathrooms,” said Karen Sullivan, associate director of facilities operations.

Paper towels in bathrooms required extra hours from sanitation crews as they filled dispensers and disposed of crumpled towels strewn on sinks and floors. Purdue Calumet saved nearly $32,000 by installing 122 air dry units in restrooms. Cutting the extra labor costs of clean-up amounted to about $10,000 annually.

There were also health and environmental gains. Air dryers reduce the transfer of bacteria from hands by up to 40 percent. In addition, by reducing paper use, Purdue Calumet has greatly reduced its landfill footprint. “We save landfill space by not throwing towels away, and we’re also saving energy,” said Paul Pratt, associate director of facilities engineering.

In addition to Purdue University Calumet, Models of Efficiency fall honorees include University of Oregon, Murray State University (Ky.), University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wayne State University (Mich.), and Pueblo Community College (Colo.).

Models of Efficiency is an ongoing recognition program. Schools can participate in upcoming rounds by visiting www.universitybusiness.com/modelsofefficiency.

The program is sponsored by Higher One, a leading company focused on helping college business offices manage operations and provide enhanced service to students. Through a full array of services from refunds to payments, electronic billing, payment plans, and more, Higher One works closely with colleges and universities to ensure students receive financial aid refunds quickly, pay tuition and bills online, make on-campus and community purchases, and learn the basics of financial management.

“It’s a very rewarding experience to partner with University Business in recognizing operations efficiencies on campuses across the country,” said Dean Hatton, CEO of Higher One, the program’s sponsor for the third consecutive year. “The creativity, tenacity, and determination demonstrated by Models of Efficiency winners are inspiring to us in the private sector as we continue to strive to support the streamlining of operations and services in higher education business offices.”

About University Business

University Business is the leading publication for senior managers at colleges and universities throughout the United States, reaching 46,000 leaders who manage offices such as enrollment, technology, facilities, and academic affairs. More information is available at www.universitybusiness.com.

About Higher One, Inc.

Founded in 2000, Higher One, Inc. is a subsidiary of Higher One Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ONE), a leading company focused on helping college business offices manage operations and providing enhanced service to students. Through a full array of services from refunds, payments, electronic billing, payment plans, and more, Higher One works closely with colleges and universities to ensure students receive financial aid refunds quickly, can pay tuition and bills online, make on-campus and community purchases and learn the basics of financial management. Higher One provides its services to approximately 5.4 million students at distinguished public and private higher education institutions nationwide. More information about Higher One can be found at HigherOne.com.

Source: Purdue University Calumet, University Business

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