Survey: B.C. Donates $5.7M In Grants And Services
To B.P.S.

By Michael Seele
Chronicle Editor

Boston College donated nearly $5.7 million in grants and pro bono services to the Boston Public Schools during the 1995-96 academic year, according to a survey recently released by Prof. George Ladd (SOE).

The figure represents a $900,000 increase since the survey was last conducted two years ago and a nearly three-fold increase over 1991-92 levels.

The survey was conducted to assess Boston College's contribution to the Boston Higher Education Partnership, a confederation of local universities which aims to enhance the Boston Public Schools through contributions of money and services.

According to the survey, Boston College awarded $812,440 in grants to support specific programs in the Boston Public Schools and $4,885,552 in pro bono services. While that grant figure represents nearly $500,000 less than what was contributed in the 1993-94 year, the amount of pro bono services rose by almost $1.4 million. While most of the services stemmed from the School of Education, the survey found that a broad spectrum of schools and departments provide support to the BPS.

"We surveyed every department and every dean," with the exception of the Law School, Ladd said, "and we got feedback from all of them." Maida Williams, SOE collaborative associate, added that the respondents were asked to assign dollar figures to any pro bono services they provided.

"It is clear that the expenditure of in-kind time and energy is multi-faceted," Ladd said. "It is far more outreaching than the average person knows about. Anyone who says that Boston College doesn't do much for the Boston schools is speaking from misinformation. There is a huge amount of money and in-kind service that is being given back to the Boston Public Schools."

In all, 44 individual programs were identified in the survey, offered by all undergraduate schools and the Graduate School of Social Work, as well as the AHANA Office, the Athletic Association, the Bureau of Conferences, the Community Affairs Office, the Financial Aid Office, Human Resources, Information Technology, the PULSE Program and the Office of the Dean for Student Development.

The single largest contribution, by far, came in the form of scholarships and financial aid to Boston Public High Schools graduates, which totaled over $4 million for the year, an increase of nearly $900,000 over 1993-94. But other contributions were numerous and significant. Among them:

--The Campus School donated $282,123 for a full range of educational and therapeutic services to students with intensive special needs from ages 3 to 21.

--The Mathematics Institute provided $13,200 in grants and training to BPS teachers participating in the Discrete Mathematics Program.

--SOE's Professional Practicum Experiences, which involved 24 Boston schools, provided nearly $118,000 in pro bono services. They included student teacher placements, as well as consultations between Boston school and SOE faculty. Graduate School of Social Work intern placements resulted in over $48,000 in services, and SON clinical placements provided another $11,000 in services.

--A collaborative effort between SOE and GSSW enabled social workers and educators to meet the needs of at-risk schoolchildren and their families. The combination of grants and services totaled $107,000.

--The College Bound Program, which Ladd oversees, provided grants and services totaling over $113,000 to prepare Boston high school students for college.

--Boston College provided $25,000 in free facilities use to BPS personnel for meetings, workshops, conferences, and sports and social events.

--Ladd said the survey serves not only to delineate Boston College's contributions to the BPS, but also as a resource to University faculty and staff contemplating projects in the schools.

"Before someone initiates a new activity, they need to see the history," Ladd said. "Lots of people here are already doing things that meet current needs and we hope to avoid duplication of efforts by serving as a central clearing house for this information."

A complete list of Boston College programs in the Boston Public Schools is available via e-mail.

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