Swarthmore dining services is planning an overhaul of its meal plan structure, with several significant changes set to be made in time for for the coming fall semester.
Per a report from the Swarthmore Phoenix, the college has a host of pilot programs currently in place that will be made permanent including to-go campus dining locations and a more flexible student meal plan structure. Changes to the meal plan include a shift to meals per semester, as opposed to the current weekly apportioning.
The changeover will introduce four primary meal plan options:
- Swat: Unlimited meal swipes and 300 points, 150 of which can be used off-campus.
- Garnet: 225 meals per semester and 500 points, 200 of which can be used off-campus.
- Phoenix: 225 meals with 700 points, 300 of which can be used off-campus.
- Parrish: 160 meals per semester and 900 points, 400 of which can used off-campus.
At Swarthmore, points are similar to debit card functionality, and can be added to any meal plan as well as purchased for off-campus students not on a meal plan. Students may add points to their ID cards, and those living off campus may purchase any meal plan. There is also an option designed for students living off-campus which offers seven “anytime” meals per week at a rate of $1,000 per semester.
The changes are intended to help address student concerns regarding flexibility in meal plan offerings. Following the changeover, there will be more options for students to choose from, notably with the addition of the unlimited and 10 meals-per-week plans, as well as allowing meals to roll-over week to week.
The changes were made possible in large part due to Swarthmore’s expanding use of a new campus OneCard program, which will replace all student IDs and bring the college in line with other university card systems.
“The technology is enabling us to add flexibility to our meal plans and will also lead to the ability to use smartphones as an alternative to the ID card itself for certain uses,” says Anthony Coschignano, Executive Director of Auxiliary Services at Swarthmore.
Coschignano took on the position of Executive Director of Auxiliary Services at Swarthmore last November, after having served as a director of auxiliary services at Valparaiso University. In the new role, Coschignano will oversee Swarthmore’s dining services, office services, the campus post office, the bookstore, as well as oversee parts of the college’s emerging OneCard system that will be used for meal plans, access to residence halls and purchases at on-campus locations.