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Survey finds campuses lacking in cleanliness

May 29, 2012
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SAN MATEO, CA — A group specializing in the analysis of educational facilities has listed three College of San Mateo campuses — CSM, Skyline and Cañada — as "moderately dingy," according to The San Matean.

The voluntary survey was given by APPA, an association of higher education facilities officers, collects data annually from educational facilities in the U.S. and Canada, and ranks campuses from "Orderly Spotlessness" to "Unkempt Neglect," the article stated.

According to the article, the APPA describes "Moderate Dinginess" as: "Floors are swept or vacuumed clean, but are dull, dingy and stained. There is a noticeable buildup of dirt ... in corners and along walls. All vertical and horizontal surfaces have conspicuous dust, dirt, smudges, fingerprints and marks ... Trash containers ... have old trash."

"The determination of level four was based on the amount of square footage we have to maintain and the number of staff we have to maintain it," said Jose Nuñez, district vice chancellor of facilities planning, maintenance and operations.

“In round numbers, as I do not have details at hand, our 39 custodians are responsible for something like 45,000 square feet per staff member and the best business practice for instructional facilities is considered to be less than 20,000 square feet per staff member," Nuñez added.

Students and faculty did cite some areas at CSM that they would call dingy but, for the most part, they found the campus clean, the article noted.

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