Occidental College is both expanding and focusing their recruitment efforts through a data-driven approach that identifies regions with ideal growth trends and demographic makeup.
“What starts here changes the world.” That’s the slogan for the University of Texas at Austin—and an apt description of the school. From its collaborative projects toward social justice to the development of a centimeter-accurate GPS system, it’s clear that the university is making a positive impact on its city, its state, and the world.
North Carolina is home to Research Triangle Park, where universities share workspace and ideas with more than 200 companies with expertise in microelectronics, telecommunications, biotechnology, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and environmental sciences. The Park is one example of how the power of higher education, collaboration, and thought leadership can strengthen a region’s economy—and it doesn’t stop there.
EMSI’s nationwide economic impact study, released this week by the American Association of Community Colleges, shows the net total impact of community colleges on the U.S. economy was $809 billion in 2012.
The focus of this article is to highlight what constitutes a true impact study and what does not. Nobody wants to allocate millions of dollars to a project and then find out after the fact that the report they used to justify the investment was deeply flawed.
UPDATED: This week the Idaho State Legislature’s joint budget committee heard from university presidents, all of whom made a case for their institutions. When University of Idaho President Duane Nellis’ turn came up, he used an EMSI Economic Impact Study — completed last year — to demonstrate his school’s contribution to the state.