By Farris Willingham, Editor-in-Chief
As students create their schedules for Spring 2013, they will search for class information in a different format.
University officials this year ceased printing course schedules and student catalogs—products from the offices of the registrar and academic affairs, respectively.
The departments ended the operation, which cost about $15,000, to reduce the university’s budget and wastefulness, Provost Dr. Susan Barber said.
Each department had to make cuts from their budget for the 2012-13 academic year, she said.
Printing the catalog is a $10,000 expense for officials, Barber said.
Ending the process seemed least disruptive to the department’s operation, she said.
“We decided that $10,000 is a fairly significant number where we could make cuts,” Barber said.
As an alternative, officials created an electronic copy of the catalog in 2003, which is revised annually, she said.
“We’ve been putting the schedule and catalogs online for years,” she said. “We just kept printing them for the people who had not yet transitioned.
Wastefulness is another reason that officials ended production of the catalogs and schedules.
“I like that it saves paper, but they need to make it known to the students,” said Marisa Lerman, acting junior.
Registrar Charlie Monnot said officials usually order about 10,000 schedules, of which about 2,000 are disposed.
They reduced the number of schedules printed in previous years, but still saw a surplus of schedules in trashcans, Monnot said.