B.C To Gauge Its Economic Impact On Boston, Newton

The State and Community Affairs Office, in conjunction with BC's Social Welfare Research Institute, has launched a broad study of Boston College's economic impact on Boston and Newton.

The study, which will begin later this month, will examine the local spending habits of students, employees, visitors and the University itself. In addition to typical student expenditures such as tuition, room and board, the project will include athletic events, special events held on campus and the University-generated spending which occurs off-campus in the area's many restaurants, retail shops and cinemas.

A second part of the study will include the broad involvement of the Boston College community in local activities, ranging from volunteer work in soup kitchens to faculty advisement on public policy.

The study will cover the 1998-99 fiscal year. Randomly selected students and parents will be asked to participate in the study this summer and during the upcoming academic year. The final report will be issued in September of 1999.

"We need to inform the outside world about what Boston College is contributing to our neighbors," said Office of Community Affairs Director Jean S. McKeigue. "Not only is there the obvious economic impact, but there are so many people who volunteer in a wide range of community activities. I think this is a way we can clearly show that not only is Boston College a good neighbor, but a contributing and substantive neighbor as well."

Faculty, staff and student groups which are operating local service projects can assist in the study by providing information to the Community Affairs Office, ext. 2-4787.

-Reid Oslin

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