Western Washington University has been recognized by University Business magazine’s “Models of Efficiency” program, which spotlights innovation in higher education institutions that streamline their operations through technology or business improvements.
The university was honored for its accounting services department, which is now projecting $25,000 in annual savings through a new automated system to process journal vouchers that should eliminate paperwork and redundancies. WWU was also honored for its financial services department and its student bookstore, which together created a system allowing students to charge bookstore purchases to student accounts rather than personal credit cards. The switch is estimated to save the university up to $15,000 in annual credit card fees.
“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, in a press release. “These two departments at Western Washington University show how institutions can improve services while reducing costs.”
The following schools and departments were also honored by the magazine: Iowa State University, Northern Arizona University, Old Dominion University, Texas A&M Health Science Center, California State University-San Bernardino, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Campus, and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.
The honorees are featured in the July-August edition of University Business.