Title

A Study of the Economic Impact of Bishop State Community College On the Local Economy

Date of Award

2003

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

First Advisor

Richard Keaster

Advisor Department

Educational Studies and Research

Abstract

The educational, cultural, and aesthetic benefits of Bishop State Community College to the community are generally recognized by the public; however, there are significant economic advantages provided by the College that should be studied. Jobs are created, people move to the community to work at the college, and more money is brought into and spent in the community by the college, students, parents and employees. These economic factors are often overlooked in evaluating the worth of a college to its community, but they unquestionably have a significant impact upon the community. An assessment of the economic impact of Bishop State Community College upon its service area can be used to educate the public, students, alumni, business leaders, legislators, and the press on a variety of key issues affecting the fiscal health of the institution and the community. There are insufficient data available concerning the economic impact of Bishop State Community College on its service area.