Many players are talking about money challenges, whether it’s students struggling to keep up with tuition, or faculty and staff seeking more competitive wages. No wonder “Tuition is free” is one of the biggest builds in the game with over 260 replies and counting!
Mary sums up the precarity for faculty in this card:
Faculty work so hard with very little resources — I worry about funding for research, travel for conferences, incentives to teach abroad, etc. Many faculty can’t afford to purchase a home in CA let alone be expected to conduct research with 4/4 load. #resources #fairpay
Good thing that players have hundreds of new and creative funding ideas for both the university as an organization, and for students struggling with paying tuition.
In 2030, students earn money in new ways like:
- Having the gig economy on campus (Lori Joy):Let Tapingo make deliveries on campus. Like UBEReats or Postmates, where students can make a little extra cash by walking around and making deliveries #morestudentjobs#gigeconomy
- Student projects that are profitable (Jessica Flor):
If senior projects became products in the real world, the profits could go directly toward paying those students’ loans with additional or a small percentage of the funds going to the college. #FundCSULB #ES2030
And in 2030, The Beach is raising money through new efforts like:
- A Zipline that 1) alleviates foot traffic on campus, and 2) opens to the public on the weekends for an additional income stream:We have a ZIPLINE running from the MacIntosh Building (toaster) to the Pyramid. #Transportation #CHHS2018#
- Maybe there is a DMV on campus (suggested by J Gonzalez) that generates additional revenue for the university (suggested by Isabel), or allows “members of the community (particularly students) better engage with government agencies and resources as they shift life stages?#preparedforlife” per Bo Roe.
- A new campus music festival (via Steve), whose profits are applied to “…fund scholarships to the music programs #ES2030 #freetuition“; and “…a premier state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue with permanent staging and patron facilities” (Rick Berry)
- Food trucks and culinary start-ups build their businesses with on-campus pop-up restaurants” (Andrew Edwards)
- And campus has “…a conference center with under utilized parking lots. Generating revenue through increased events. #DAF #Parking #Sustainability #FUNDCSULB.” (via Parking & Transportation)
Many believe 2030 may have more corporate sponsorship on campus, with displays of corporate partners’ newest products and technologies in campus buildings (Planon), and even corporate advertising on CSULB’s social media channels (StephanieG):
Can the CSULB Instagram page or Twitter get sponsor funding if it were to showcase products? #creativefunding #DAF
Tech titans such as Amazon and Google could “create their own ‘universities,'” which could serve as a model for “other companies who would hire our students and possibly lower the cost to students” and create a direct pipeline for students to employment opportunities (Lori Joy)
And direct corporate partnerships could be critical funding for better research lab facilities (Bessie).
By creating research partnerships with corporations, we can build better on-site research facilities, acquire more supplemental grants, and serve our students better with highly applicable training.
But of course as a public, state university, working closely with corporations may draw controversy. The College of Education warns of a potential shadow future: “Becoming corporatized is a clear concern. Even if it’s not Amazon, other corporations may have greater influence in the future. Let’s be proactive to determine other sources of revenue. #FundCSULB #ced.”