George Washington University is plotting changes to campus dining infrastructure along with refinements to meal plan and campus card account management. Among the changes are new discretionary fund allotments for student meal plans, a change of food-service vendor and a move to CBORD GET for student account management.
Per a report from the George Washington Hatchet, the new plan will no longer allow dining money to be spent on laundry, printing, books or other non-dining venues that previously accepted Colonial Cash. Campus officials also revealed in March that the university would not renew its food service agreement with ten-year service provider, Sodexo, and instead contract with Restaurant Associates in an agreement set to take effect this summer.
The changeover will alter the amount of discretionary funds included in each meal plan. Freshman meal plans will have a total of $3,900 in dining cash to spend over the course of the academic year, $1,950 per semester. The change marks a $200 increase in freshmen plans from last year. The sophomore, junior and senior meal plans will remain unchanged at $2,500, $2,000 and $1,000 to spend respectively.
In addition to meal plan refinements, beginning this fall student GWorld funds – part of the meal plan – will only be allowed for use at campus dining venues. Previously GWorld funds could be used for on-campus printing, laundry, and purchases at the university bookstore, UPS Store and other non-dining merchants.
Beginning this fall, students wishing to use a GWorld card for those purchases will have to deposit extra money on the card in the form of Colonial Cash, university officials say.
In addition to these changes, a move to CBORD’s GET platform will replace JSA Technologies as the GWorld account management service. George Washington will also leverage the GET mobile app to access GWorld account information and other vital campus information, along with mobile food ordering.