Earlier this month, InsideHigherEd.com published the article on whether or not housekeeping services in college residence halls were necessary. The article questioned whether or not such services were “pampering” students. It also highlighted school like George Washington University who are eliminating such services. Some schools, like Cal Tech, Holy Cross and Claremont McKenna, are reducing maid services in order to save money.
I can see both sides of the debate. Providing the cleaning service allows colleges to maintain their facilities and, as one administrator points out, it also provides “an extra ear”. However, I strongly believe that part of going away to college is learning to take responsibility for yourself, and your dirt.