Purdue won’t outsource overwhelmed dining system

Source: Meghan Holden, Lafayette Journal & Courier, August 30, 2016

Purdue University is mulling multiple solutions to feed an influx of hungry students, but outsourcing dining operations is no longer one of them. … Concerns arose in the community last spring after the university hired an outside consultant to study its dining services and recommend necessary changes to prepare for an increased on-campus student population. Outsourcing was one option being considered because it would offer financial incentives, Vice Provost for Student Life Beth McCuskey previously told the Journal & Courier. … Sullivan said the purpose of the dining study was to determine how the university can accommodate and feed the extra students living on campus with the new 800-bed Honors College and Residences, while also shortening lines in the dining halls. The study also took into consideration Purdue’s plans to produce an additional 1,900 more beds in the next few years as part of its goal to increase housing options so at least half of its students can live on campus. … The study, conducted by Envision Strategies, found that Purdue runs an effective dining setup, so the university made the decision to now focus on where and what types of food services need to be added, Sullivan said. … The study still is being analyzed, he said, and a master plan will hopefully be done by the end of the year. …