ERIC Number: ED467640
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Socioeconomic Benefits Generated by 17 Community Colleges in Oregon. Volume 1: Main Report [and] Volume 2: Detailed Results [and] Executive Summary.
Christophersen, Kjell A.; Robison, M. Henry
This document presents the a 2-volume study and executive summary of the overall economic impacts generated by the Oregon Community College (OCC) system on 17 community colleges in Oregon. Volume 1, or the main report, indicates the OCC system employed 5,945 full- and 8,118 part-time faculty and staff in 2001, amounting to an annual payroll of $285.2 million. The total unduplicated headcount enrollment for all campuses is 392,510. It is estimated that 95% of students remain in the state during the first year, thus generating statewide benefits. Over 30 years, however, 33% of students, and associated benefits, will leave the state. Volume 1 also reports that the average annual earnings for a worker with a high school diploma or GED equivalent are $26,107, compared with $35,616 for a worker with a two-year associate degree. Students and society both benefit from the higher earnings. The economy generates more income, and state and local tax collections are higher as well. Volume 2, or the detailed findings of the study, presents the results of the economic impact analysis in detail by gender, ethnicity, and entry level of education. The study is about the overall economic impacts generated by community colleges (CCs), and as such, the Main Report presents the results without reference to gender and ethnicity differences. The profile data is collected and linked to national statistical databases which are also broken out by gender and ethnic differences. Tables such as, Higher Annual Earnings Based on Achievements During Analysis Year, Aggregate, reveal that white males with an Associate of Arts (AA) degree earn a total of $170,685,037 more than peers without a postsecondary degree, while minority males with an AA degree earn $25,576,682 more. White females with an AA earn $125,638,239 more, while minority females with an AA earn $20,605,465 more. White males with an AA have 36,075 fewer days of absenteeism, minority males 11,722 fewer, white females 51,416 fewer absentee days, and minority females have 23,956 fewer. Total savings to employers due to reduced absenteeism is $14,801,633. Both volumes of this report offer statistics on the reduction in numbers of smokers, numbers of substance abusers, numbers of incarcerated, and numbers on welfare among those with AA degrees compared to those with high school diplomas, no high school diploma, and some college. The executive summary is appended. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Oregon Dept. of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, Salem.