In my part of Capitol Hill, Seattle University is known for one thing: babysitters. Parents think of the school as a neverending source of sober and responsible young women. Yay for the jesuits.
But SU is starting to beat its chest about a new reputation. Two announcements today:
- Seattle University is returning to Division 1 status in college basketball. Unfortunately, games will be at Seattle Center, not Miller Community Center. Here’s more from the AP.
- The SU also has a study out touting its importance to the community and region:
The 117-year-old institution today has its highest enrollment ever, with 7,560 students, and a budget of $173 million.
Based on Seattle U’s 2007-2008 budget of $158 million, the report found:
–University and student spending has an impact of roughly $580 million on the regional economy as it is spent and respent.
–Capital investments alone add up to roughly $170 million over the past dozen years, with another $100 million in coming years.
–Three out of every four students serve the community through volunteer activities, internships and professional development.
–Student volunteer efforts are the equivalent of more than 80 people working fulltime, with an estimated value of nearly $7 million a year in services.
Not one mention of babysitting in the entire report. Volunteer efforts? Those responsible young women do not work for free.