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2018 Economic & Community
Impact Report

"Love is shown more in deeds than in words."
- St. Ignatius of Loyola
T he University of Scranton has released its 2018 Economic & Community Impact Report reviewing both the quantitative and qualitative ways in which the University makes a positive economic and community impact on the City of Scranton and Northeastern Pennsylvania. The report details a variety of university-community partnerships and collaborations. 
Economic impact numbers are based on a study conducted in spring 2018 by the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development. The community impact data is based on the 2017-2018 academic year.

Browse report highlights below and read the report in its entirety here . 

Committed to Service
Students, faculty and staff of the University are involved in hundreds of community service and volunteer programs. In 2017-2018,  3,500 students provided more than  170,000 hours of service In 2017, 84% of staff and 81% of faculty reported being engaged in community volunteer activities. 
The Campus Ministries' Center for Service and Social Justice works regularly with more than 120 Scranton area non-profit organizations to engage students in addressing community needs.  Through the Leahy Community Health and Family Center, housed in the Panuska College for Professional Studies, 1,023 patients  were served,  538 prescriptions  dispensed, and  111 immunizations  given in 2017. 151 students from the three academic colleges performed 4,118 service hours. 

Academic Highlights
The Office of Community-Based Learning, established in 2017,  supports faculty teaching academic courses that involve students working with individuals, groups, or organizations in ways structured to meet community-defined needs. In 2017-2018, more than 100 community-based learning classes were conducted. More than 2,400 students engaged in academic community-based learning for a total of over 33,000 hours.  

The College of Arts & Sciences established the Center for the Analysis and Prevention of Crime in 2017. The Kania School of Management  and Small Business Development Center's Women's Entrepreneurship Center (WEC) has had 42 students complete internships and 225 women complete the StartUP series since the WEC began in 2009. In  The Panuska College of Professional Studies, 272 first-year students participated in collecting and donating 2,000 books for the Blessing of the Books in 2017.

A Community and Educational Asset
Each year the University hosts more than 100 free events that are open to the public, including art exhibits at the Hope Horn Art Gallery, Performance Music concerts, public lectures and athletic events. T he Schemel Forum provides an array of cultural and educational activities and events, and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Library is open to all those in Lackawanna County with a library card.

The University also engages local schools and community organizations with programs for students from kindergarten through high school. In 2017, the annual Back to School Bonanza involved 270 volunteers  and welcomed more than 1,000 children and their families . Engagement continues regularly through a partnership with the Scranton School District's McNichols Plaza Elementary School in South Scranton involving more than 180 elementary school students in STEAM-based activities. 

An Economic Engine
The University's overall economic impact on Northeastern Pennsylvania totals $319.6 million. Expenditures in goods and services were $142,282,831 and its total value added was $152,060,712. Operations generated over $24.2 million in federal taxes and over $12.8 million in state and local taxes

In the 2017-2018 academic year, the University paid property taxes totaling $300,396 to the City of Scranton, Scranton School District, Lackawanna County and other municipalities. Business partners Aramark and Follett paid a $30,065.21 mercantile tax to the City & School District. The University also pays City fees for fire safety, including $16,000 in 2017.

An Anchor Institution
1,953 jobs can be directly or indirectly attributed to the University's presence in the region, including 1,237 employees and an additional 902 jobs that are supported as a result of the University's investment. In total, there are more than 3,000 University employees and alumni working in Scranton. University employees, as well as related Aramark and Follett employees, pay wage taxes and annual local services taxes to the city. In 2017-2018, that amount  t otaled $832,460 .

A Partner with Area Businesses   

The eight-county University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provided 139 clients with a total of 908 consulting hours in the City of Scranton alone in 2017 and a total of 12,000 hours of small business consulting to Scranton clients over the past 38 years. 

The University's Downtown Engagement Initiative draws 
more than 1,500 individuals downtown each year through more than 10 special events and promotions.   According to a 2017 survey, University of Scranton students, which total more than 5,000 , reported spending an average of $1.1 million off-campus year month.

A Scranton Neighbor 

University students, alumni, and employees account for 8% of the resident population of Scranton. Since 2004, the University has hosted 8,013 events by community organizations, waiving more than $1,000,000 in room usage fees
Building and grounds improvements make a positive campus and community impact. The Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. Athletics Campus, a 14-million dollar project completed in 2018 , addresses key athletic needs for the University while also providing community recreational opportunities and contributing to neighborhood beautification and development. 

Community Solidarity 

The University seeks to apply its skills and resources to address societal issues. Its Living Wage Report has catalyzed community dialogue and served as a resource for organizations, grantmakers and government bodies.

The University's Refugee Solidarity Initiative begun in 2015 has included 7 advocacy events, 24 lectures and discussions, 4 prayer vigils, and 4 refugee camp simulations. In 2017-2018, it focused on student tutoring, employee accompaniment, and community celebrations with the Global Tastes of Scranton series.

Read the full 2018 Economic & Community Impact Report here

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