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It was made clear throughout our conversation that working in assignments and occupancy management
provides a unique opportunity to build on the knowledge and partnerships we already have in regards to crisis
management, facilities, technology, budgeting, and staffing, which all go hand in hand when providing quality
services to our students.
Budget
The Deeper Dive into the Budget and Finance portion of RELI was really eye-opening. We spent a majority of the
time reviewing topics such as revenue and budget types, common expenses, reserves, and more. As an entrylevel
professional, the typical budget that we maintain for one year is a community budget which is provided
and broken down into different categories for spending. Digging in and spending time talking about the overall
budget of a housing department opened our eyes to the movement and planning with the money that our
departments receive each year.
We spent time talking about where funding comes and goes within a housing and residence life department. We
learned that money for housing commonly comes from sources such as student rent, camps and conferences,
and other fees, while money is commonly spent on staff salaries, operating expenses, and repairs and projects.
We also spent time discussing reserves and how they play a role in a department's success.
The most impactful part of the session was when we were provided an example budget spreadsheet and were
asked to cut $4,000,000 from our overall $24.3 million department budget. Example budget lines were software,
phone, mail, contracted services, and more. This exercise was most certainly challenging but opened our eyes to
the work that our department leadership had to complete when we were hit with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Budget and Finance Deep Dive was greatly beneficial. There are many things that our senior leadership have
to work on that we rarely see or understand. We encourage entry-level professionals to spend time discussing
their departmental budget to gain a better understanding of the decisions that are made on their campuses.
Facilities
Prior to the start of RELI, the 3+ year cohort received an email from Dr. Jennifer Wilder with a facilities case
study related to the demolition of a residence hall. Our cohort was tasked with examining what research and
coordination needed to be done prior to demolition, determining what missing pieces needed to be considered,
and listing out the steps involved in order to successfully complete the project.
Receiving the case study in advance of RELI allowed for some members of the cohort to seek out advice from
mentors in the field with facilities and demolition experience. Other members sought out information on the
internet and watched youtube videos to learn more about what might need to be considered. Being able to
conduct this research prior to getting together as a cohort allowed us to quickly gather all of our thoughts and
make a plan.
When creating our demolition plan, our cohort also used information from our own experiences and things we
had learned from previous RELI sessions. For example, cohort members who have worked at historical colleges
reminded us to consider if this was a historical site and how that might impact our plans, and we thought more
about occupancy needs based on our occupancy management session with Aubree. Being in the 3+ year cohort,
we had a number of members who have seen demolitions or major renovation projects on their campuses, so
they also prompted us to consider campus partnerships, nostalgic pieces, and community impact. Ultimately,
we put together a plan and presentation that also incorporated pieces such as environmental concerns, safety
considerations, communication strategies, financial implications, and risk management. We presented our
case study to Dr. Wilder during our Deep Dive session and she prompted us to consider a few items that we had
missed, including partnerships with vendors and removing that building from the insurance plan.
Overall, this case study was a wonderful opportunity for us to conduct our own research and then work together
as a cohort to put together a comprehensive plan. While we did experience some frustration with having 17
cohort members working on one group project together, it gave us insight as to what it would really be like to
work on a demolition project, as multiple campus organizations would be involved and weighing in at those
planning meetings!
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