|Glenny Lee Buquet|
Board of Elementary & Secondary Education Member
Nicholls State University
Impact of Spending
Nicholls’ statewide annual economic impact is $274 million and supports 2,843 non-university jobs.
This includes:$11 million in health insurance payments,$13 million from affiliated organizations,$14 million impact of retiree spending,$24 million in university operations,$19 million in construction and capital outlay, $30 million from visitors,$56 million in faculty and staff expenditures, and$109 million impact from student spending.
Impact of Teaching
Nicholls’ graduates have added $526 million to Louisiana’s economy over the last 10 years.
The university’s bachelor’s degree holders have generated over $457 million, master’s degree holders almost $44 million, and associate’s degree holders almost $25 million.
Nicholls produced 37,288 degrees over the last 50 years with 10,274 graduates produced between 1998 and 2007.
Some of Nicholls’ top producing bachelor’s degrees are in social sciences, biological and biomedical sciences, communication and journalism.
Impact of Research & Service
This study captured 30 research and service programs at Nicholls.
They include:2 in economic development2 in engineering and technology3 in cultural development7 in environmental and natural sciences, and16 in education, health and human services.
An example is the South Louisiana Economic Council housed on the Nicholls campus, which serves the industries in four Bayou parishes through industrial recruitment, business retention and expansion, new business development and workforce development.
Thibodaux Reginal Medical Center CEO
Impact on Quality of Life
There were approximately 188,000 attendees at Nicholls State University events last year. Of those, 66% were from off-campus, greatly adding to the $30 million impact from visitor spending.
Nicholls reaches out to the community through service, offering 40 service-learning courses and encourages faculty and staff to develop goals related to service-learning on an annual basis.
Additionally, Nicholls faculty and staff volunteered 35,000 hours last year, and students contributed 141,000 hours to enhancing the community.
Nicholls State University Report (.pdf)
Nicholls State University Impact Study Web Site