Submit your cost-saving suggestions online

Like all colleges and universities, Temple is facing tough choices when it comes to dealing with the economic downturn. President Ann Weaver Hart has outlined a plan for meeting the budget demands, available at

Now, you can play a part in helping Temple cut costs.

The university has created an online suggestion box for cost-saving ideas from students, staff and faculty. Located on the TUportal, the suggestion box provides an avenue through which the entire Temple community can contribute their ideas as we continue to face challenging economic times. To access the suggestion box, log in to the TUportal at

All ideas relating to cost-savings and/or improving efficiency are welcome. Each week, a committee will review and discuss each suggestion, as well as share a number of them with the university community. The names of those who offer suggestions will remain anonymous.

Even though the suggestion box just went live, a number of students and employees have already made suggestions for saving money and/or time. For example, one student suggested making it mandatory to submit papers electronically to save paper costs; an employee proposed replacing plants around campus less frequently and planting perennials instead.

“We look forward to getting suggestions from all around the Temple community,” said Deborah Hartnett, vice president of human resources.