Nov 07 2013

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Resistance-Blog 8

The group that will resistance and resent my solution is most is Longwood University.  It is going to be extra work on the university not to mention if they do send a check out to the student at the end of their career at Longwood that will be money that they are loosing because as of right now they are keeping that money.  I think that the school will resist mostly because of the money they will be loosing and the extra work it causes for administration.  One benefit this would have on the university is because it will benefit the reputation of Longwood.  If Longwood does implement this policy of giving the unused bonus dollars back then Longwood would be perceived by the community and students in a positive way.  Right now, I feel like the school system is who is currently responsible for this problem because they could have changed the policy but this is why I need to work hard to convince them to change it.  They have a lot of influence over the policies for meal plans because they obviously have the final say what goes and what doesn’t. If i want to convince Longwood to change their minds about giving the unused bonus dollars back to the student at the end of their career at Longwood, I am going to have to really show them how much it could help them too by building up their reputation even more.  I think it is a possible change because I know Longwood is a good school and they are very good about helping out their students with anything they need.

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Nov 01 2013

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Defining the Solution- Blog 7

My problem is that Longwood does not currently allow the bonus dollars for meal plans to roll over every semester.  Right now, they only allow the bonus dollars to be rolled over from fall to spring but after that they are lost.  I think that Longwood could have a much better policy to allow students to get their money back from bonus dollars.  There are multiple solutions that could possibly solve this problem but I think that the best way is to allow them to roll over every semester while students are still enrolled at Longwood.  Since we have already paid for it, administration could just let us keep the unspent dollars on our plan and if we still have not used them all when we leave, then the school can make a check out to the individual student for the remaining amount left for their bonus dollars.  The first step to make this proposal a reality would be to contact the food service director with my ideas and see what he has to say about it.  My next step would be to bring the idea to the board at Longwood University, whoever makes decisions for the school to make this change.  Also, Aramark would have to be involved in this process in order for Longwood to change the policy since they are the ones who cater to Longwood.  The most resistance I would have against my proposal would definitely be the school.  Right now, the school is getting to keep the extra bonus dollars if they aren’t spent.  So since they would have to give us our money back and have more of a hassle by making a check out to each student, naturally they are going to give me the most problem.

 

 

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Oct 24 2013

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Redefining the Problem- Blog 6

Although my topic is not necessarily a broad one, I am going to define it and include more detail. My issue is that Longwood does not currently allow the bonus dollars for meal plans to roll over every semester.  Right now, they only allow the bonus dollars to be rolled over from fall to spring but after that they are lost.  I feel that there just has to be a better way.  There are multiple solutions that could possibly solve this problem but I think that the best way is to allow them to roll over every semester while students are still enrolled at Longwood. Since we have already paid for it, administration could just let us keep the unspent dollars on our plan and if we still have not used them all when we leave, then the school can make a check out to the individual student for the remaining amount left for their bonus dollars.  I know this sounds like a complicated process, but it would save students so much money and with the costs of college, we need to save as much as we can.  When students pay for the meal plans, they pay for the meal plan itself and the extra money that the student wants to be able to eat other places besides the dining hall (Longwood).  For example, one type of plan is a 10 Plan Standard with $200 bonus dollars for $1,283 (Longwood).  Since the money used for bonus dollars is practically like spending money for food that the school includes on our meal plan and if we happen to not use them all, it sounds fair that we should get them back.  I’ve learned by doing this project that the food service department at Longwood is rather hard to get a hold of.  I would be interested to know what is the reasoning behind Longwood not allowing the bonus dollars to roll over every semester?  What kind of problem would that cause for the school?  If I were to understand these kind of questions maybe I could try to fix that issue so this proposal could possibly be taken more seriously. I still have some questions that I would like to address.

This issue effects many people at Longwood, not just students.  I feel like I am representing the students by bringing up this issue but at the same time I am also trying to make it clear to the school that this could really be beneficial for them as well.  As I’ve mentioned before, no other university in the area has anything like the plan I’m proposing and if they were the ones to start it would really make them stand out. I am trying to make this plan as beneficial as possible for the students and Longwood so we can have a better way of dealing with the unspent bonus dollars.

 

 

Longwood University. “Resident Meal Memberships”. Updated 2013. http://www.longwood.edu/lancercard/25618.htm

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Oct 11 2013

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LU Meal Plans: Should bonus dollars roll over each semester? Blog 5

My social issue is that the meal plans that Longwood University offer to students should have the remaining bonus dollars left at the end of the semester carry over to the following semester and/or the following year as long as the student still attends Longwood.  Right now, the rule is that bonus dollars will only roll over from fall to spring semesters but not vice versa.

Aramark is the company that is in charge of our meal plans.  Aramark is a leader in professional services, facilities management, and uniform and career appeal to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and other businesses around the world.   On campus dish (which is Aramark’s website) there is another university called Lakeland College that allows the students membership dollars to carry over each semester as long as you attend the college, so that any bonus dollars you do not use can be used in the next academic semester or year. After reading that, I realized that this is a very possible change that Longwood can make since other universities that have the same provider already do.  VCU also does not allow their dining dollars to roll over along with many other universities in the area.  If Longwood made this change, then they would stand out amongst  the competition.

A stakeholder is a person such as an employee, customer, or citizen who is involved with an organization, society, etc. and therefore has responsibilities towards it and an interest in its success.   At first, when thinking about the stakeholders I automatically thought about students.  It’s easy to jump to the students because we have the meal plans but when you think about it, there are many more stakeholders in this situation besides students.  Longwood, the Dining Hall, and Aramark (the company that does our catering) are all also stakeholders.  Longwood and Aramark would both be stakeholders because are the ones that make money off of the meal plans.  The Dining Hall would be a stakeholder because they have interest in what happens to the meal plans since they are the ones that provide the meals for the students.

My next step would be to try to dig down deeper and find more information from Longwood about meal plan policies.  I would really like to know the reason behind why Longwood doesn’t already let the bonus dollars roll over?  Maybe if I knew the underlying reason then we could actively make steps to help solve that problem so I could make this proposal a reality.  If I knew why Longwood doesn’t let bonus dollars roll over currently then whatever that issue is maybe I could try to solve that problem in order to allow the bonus dollars to roll over.

 

Works Citied:

VCU Dining Services.  “Dining Plan Options.”  Virginia Commonwealth University.   (2013). Print Source. http://www.bsv.vcu.edu/pdf/diningbrochure.pdf

Cambridge Dictionary.  “Stakeholder.”  Cambridge Dictionaries Online.  (2013). Internet Source. http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/british/stakeholder_1

“Refund Policy and terms for meal plan memberships at Lakeland College.” Aramark              Campus Dishhttp://www.campusdish.com/NR/rdonlyres/7F2CAC68-7159-4487-BE3A-        DF62C5080B8A/0/LakelandCollegeRefundPolicyandTermsFY10.pdf Web. 19 September  2013.

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Oct 03 2013

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LU Meal Plan Problem Definition- Blog 4

The specific problem of my topic is that Longwood University does not allow bonus dollars to be carried over every semester and/or year.  Right now, they only carry over fall to spring as long as a meal plan is purchased both semesters but that’s it.  I’m sure that every student at Longwood can agree can that would like their bonus dollars to roll over as well.  The hard part for my topic would be the school, that’s where it could get controversial.  Longwood would most likely be more argumentative about letting the bonus dollars roll over because they would have to either change the policy so bonus dollars can roll over or give students a refund of the money that did not get spent (which would be even more inconvenient).   I understand that my specific problem is going to be more of a hassle to Longwood and Aramark either way, but I feel that if they did make this change then it would make Longwood stand out  even more than the others universities close by.  I know that VCU does not allow their dining dollars to roll over either so if Longwood was one of the first universities to make that change, it would really maintain their image of having such a great relationship with their students.   Whether your for bonus dollar change or not, either way can create ethos and logos.  I can create ethos in favor of a bonus dollar change because I have lost right much money myself since bonus dollars do not roll over every semester.  So I can use myself as an example why I think that bonus dollars should roll over every semester.  On the other hand the school can create logos in disfavor of the bonus dollar change because it may not seem logical to the school to create such a hassle  in order to change a the meal plan policy.  But the students could also argue that it does seem logical to change the bonus dollars to roll over every semester because that would save us all money.

Cortney Barden

 

Works Citied:

Landes, Luke.  How a College Meal Plan Wastes Money. Consumerism Commentary.  3 October 2013. http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/how-a-college-meal-plan-wastes-money/

 

VCU Dining Services.  Dining Plan Options. Virginia Commonwealth University.  3 October 2013. http://www.bsv.vcu.edu/pdf/diningbrochure.pdf

Critical Summary:

I decided to use the VCU Dining services meal plan options brochure so I could compare their meal plans to Longwood’s meal plans.  I used the brochure to show that even VCU does not allow their dining dollars (which is the same thing as Longwood’s bonus dollars) to roll over each semester and/or year as well.  Longwood could really take this as an opportunity to stand out amongst the competition if that did change the policy.  I know that would make the students happy to know that they would no longer lose any bonus dollars or have to spend them on unnecessary items just to “use them up”.   This way the students would get the most out of their money.  Many people already say that college meal plans are a waste of money, the previous article on my works cited says just that.  With this change, it could possibly change the views of many people who think that college meal plans are a waste.

 

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Sep 26 2013

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The Stakeholders of Meal Plans Blog #3

At first when I thought about the stakeholders of the meal plans at Longwood, the students were the ones that came to my mind.  But then I thought about it more; the school, the dining hall, and Aramark (the company that does our catering) are all also stakeholders.  It’s easy to jump to the students because they have the meal plans but when you think about it they’re many other  stakeholders in this situation besides students.

I would have to say that the students would be negatively invested by the meal plans because they are required to get a meal plan and really have no say in the matter.  Longwood University and Aramark are positively invested in this situation because they are the ones who both make the money off of the meal plans.  The students understand that they are required to have a meal plan but I personally think that it would be a lot better for the student body to have more options to choose from, and even letting the bonus dollars roll over each semester and year.  Let’s say that Longwood changed the rule and let the bonus dollars roll over each semester and year.  If the students knew that he or she had a lot of bonus dollars left for the next semester then maybe they could pick a smaller meal plan (like the 5 meals a week) because they would still have bonus dollars left to spend as well.  This way the student would be getting the most use out of their meal plans and being able to spend all of the money that they invested into the meal plan they purchased.  If we had more choices with our meal plans, the students would be able to get the most out of their money.  Flexibility is not a bad thing.  This way it wouldn’t rule out having a meal plan at Longwood, so the school and Aramark would still make their money, but it would also be better for the student as well to get the most out of their money being spent.

Cortney Barden

 

Works Citied:

Spartan Times. “Is the Cafeteria meal plans worth it?” 2009.  http://www.cncc.edu/spartantimes/?p=938 26 September 2013.

 

Critical Summary:

http://www.cncc.edu/spartantimes/?p=938

I understand that this article is not about Longwood University but I feel like this article helps prove my point in the fact that many people think that college meal plans are not worth the price.  This ties back to what I was suggesting about Longwood making the meal plans much more flexible, if they did this then students, parents, even faculty would not picture meal plans as a waste or not worth the money being spent.  I believe that they would feel that they were getting the best use out of their money and who knows? If Longwood started doing this maybe other colleges would follow along and make this a new flexible way of requiring meal plans.

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Sep 19 2013

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History of Longwood meal plans Blog #2

My social issue is that the meal plans that Longwood University offer to students should have the remaining bonus dollars left at the end of the semester carry over to the following semester.  The company in charge of our meal plans is called Aramark.  Aramark is a leader in professional services, facilities management, and uniform and career appeal to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and other businesses around the world.  Aramark also caters to other universities such as VCU and UVA.  Aramark has been in business since 1936.  The business started out very small, and grew from a private company into a public company in 2001.  They are a big catering company to many universities in Virginia and surrounding states.  Aramark has most of its business and grow in their food industry although: they provide services in nearly every industry.

On campus dish (which is Aramark’s website) that another university called Lakeland college allows the students membership dollars carry over each semester, so that any bonus dollars you do not use can be used in the next academic semester or year. After reading that, I realized that this is a very possible change that Longwood can make since other universities that have the same provider already do.  The biggest problem that this creates is that students at Longwood are losing money that they could really use for student loans, books, and any other of the high expenses that college entails.  Not trying to give all the blame on Longwood, because I love this college but I do feel that every student could agree that by allowing their bonus dollars to roll over would be a good thing.

Cortney Barden

 

Works Citied: (MLA format)

“About Aramark.” Aramark Corporation.  http://www.aramark.com/AboutARAMARK/ Web.         19 September 2013.

“About Aramark.” Aramark Corporation. http://www.aramark.com/aboutaramark/history/            Web. 19 September 2013.

“Refund Policy and terms for meal plan memberships at Lakeland College.” Aramark              Campus Dishhttp://www.campusdish.com/NR/rdonlyres/7F2CAC68-7159-4487-BE3A-        DF62C5080B8A/0/LakelandCollegeRefundPolicyandTermsFY10.pdf Web. 19 September    2013.

Critical Source:

I tend to use this source to help me draw conclusions about the meal plans not just at Longwood University but also at other universities as well.  I am hoping to use this as an aid in my research to prove that by allowing bonus dollars to carry over to each semester would really be a benefit to the Longwood students to be able to spend their money on what is needed for them while they are in college.  I feel like this is a very reputable source since it is from the meal plan provider of our school.

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Sep 17 2013

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Blog #1 Longwood Meal Plans

Most every Longwood student on campus has a meal plan or has had a meal plan in previous semesters at Longwood.  I am a commuter student and my first semester here I decided to purchase a small meal plan with bonus dollars since I was going to be here often. At the end of the semester I lost out on $100 bonus dollars because they would not roll over.  With that being said, I strongly believe that Longwood should let bonus dollars roll over each semester as long as you are going to be at Longwood the following semester.  Right now, the rule is that bonus dollars will only roll over from fall to spring semesters but not vice versa. It really seems crazy to me that they have to ability to roll over bonus dollars from fall to spring semester but not spring to fall. It seems unfair that the bonus dollars that you purchased are essentially expiring if you don’t use them in a certain amount of time.  In all seriousness, students in college really don’t have the extra money to be throwing away if the student happens to still have bonus dollars at the end of the semester just because they didn’t eat out as much.  I have heard of so many students going to the student union and buying unnecessary items with their bonus dollars just so they can use them before they expire.  That could easily be a solved problem if the university would just let the students roll them over so they can actually get the intended use out of the bonus dollars. In 2012, Longwood Dining introduced block meal plans where the students can get meal plans that are called Block 80 plans.  Block 80 plans are meal plans that are equivalent to 5 meals a week, but they can choose whether they want to eat two meals at Dining Hall a week or eight.  It gives the student flexibility and you are not losing any of your meals.  I think that the university should consider doing the same thing involving bonus dollars.

I believe the biggest stakeholders are the Longwood students.  The students are going to be losing money if the bonus dollars are not spent within a certain amount of time.

Works Cited:

“Meal Plans” Longwood University. 17 September 2013. http://www.longwood.edu/lancercard/mealplans.htm

“Longwood University Commuter Meal Plans” Longwood University. 17 September 2013. http://www.speedsurvey.net/LongwoodDiningAddChangeRequest.aspx

“More Plan options for Students at Longwood Dining” Morris, Corey. 17 September 2013. http://www.therotundaonline.com/news/article_62c30c88-1661-58e8-a53c-62f282594a2b.html

 

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