Location, location, location. It’s the real estate sector’s mantra. And it’s one of the main factors relating to the Student Life Accounting office.
The Office of Student Affairs will move its accounting department from the third floor of the PUB to Showalter Hall this summer.
Those behind the office’s move say that it is a matter of offering more direct supervision. Other improvements not related to the move include making the office more paperless, which could potentially lower student traffic rates. It is also argued that the office will be more accountable, and that the most important thing is to keep track of the money and make sure it is dispensed in the most appropriate way.
However, moving the office isn’t the right way to go about making improvements.
This move is a net loss for the student population.
The office is currently in a central location, with easy access for any budgeting questions that students may have. The PUB is a nexus for all student-related activity, and houses the permanent offices of nearly all student groups.
It only makes sense that the money being given to those groups is easily accessed. The office’s current location serves that purpose and more.
A visit to the office will show that student traffic is both frequent and time-consuming. In a typical 30 minute span, the office of Student Life Accounting will service up to five students. Apply that figure to a typical eight hour work day: Nearly 80 students a day will need help, place an order, or need to take care of business for their group.
The students’ money belongs in the students’ building. Moving the students’ money to Showalter Hall is in direct conflict with the mission statement of the Office of Student Affairs. Instead of placing departmental streamlining as a priority, the students’ needs must be recognized in this matter. Student opinions should to be sought before any decision is finalized.
The functions of the office will remain unchanged, and its efficiency could improve with relocation. But student servicing, the office’s highest priority, would be lost. The Student Life Accounting office sees an incredible amount of traffic, which would be brought to Showalter Hall. And that traffic is not a quick in and out visit.
If the Showalter Hall portion of the Student Life Accounting office is looking to become a hub for student traffic, then this move will work perfectly. If not, then this will be a difficult transition for all parties involved.