A new independent economic impact study shows that Azusa Pacific University contributes significantly to its immediate neighbors in the city of Azusa, the surrounding San Gabriel Valley, the Southern California region, and throughout the state, directly enhancing the quality of life for thousands of people. The study found that APU generates $1.25 billion in economic impact within California each year. Of that, APU contributes $37 million in state taxes each year and supports 7,260 jobs statewide.
“As the largest Christian university in California, Azusa Pacific University plays a key role in the state’s Education Master Plan, graduating difference makers who positively impact their communities as good neighbors and employees,” said President Jon R. Wallace, DBA. “We draw the majority of our students from local high schools and community colleges within the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding counties, especially Los Angeles, strengthening our area economy in part by producing skilled graduates who join the workforce in key sectors liked education, nursing, and mental health services among others.”
Approximately 47,500 APU alumni reside within California, increasing the state’s productivity and earning power. Of those, 10,600 APU alumni and 600 APU employees live in the San Gabriel Valley.
The report highlighted APU’s economic and social investment in the local community. This includes an economic impact of $210 million within the city of Azusa and a total output from operations within Azusa of $157.8 million, supporting nearly 930 direct, indirect, and induced jobs and $102.3 million in earnings. In addition, APU students conduct 165,000 hours of community service each year with partners such as Azusa Unified School District, The Neighborhood Homework House, and the Azusa City Library. APU supports 14 long-running city programs, including Azusa Reads, Writes, and Counts, the 8th Grade Majors Fair, the Azusa Conservancy, and the Neighborhood Wellness Center.
The Council of Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) in partnership with America’s Christian Credit Union (ACCU) commissioned APU’s economic impact report as part of a broader endeavor to research the impact of Christian higher education locally, by state, and nationally.
“This important research confirms what we’ve known for a long time: institutions of Christian higher education like Azusa Pacific University have tremendous economic, educational, and social impact in their communities,” said Shirley V. Hoogstra, president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. “Not only do Christian colleges and universities provide world-class, faith-rooted educational experiences for their students, but they provide vital support to their local communities, their states, and the country.”
“At ACCU, we strive to play a constructive role in mission-aligned outreach and expanding the Kingdom,” said President/CEO Mendell L. Thompson. “We recognize and support the very significant role that God-honoring institutions like Azusa Pacific University play. We are pleased to note that the survey results confirm our recognition of APU’s positive effect in building up the community as it prepares future leaders to do good work locally, statewide, and nationwide."
“Christian universities generate significant economic benefits for communities that may not be well understood by our neighbors, government officials, and other stakeholders, which makes this initiative so necessary,” said Wallace. “Our university appreciates these efforts by the CCCU and ACCU and is honored to be the first selected for this institutional study.”
The economic impact report was conducted by Philadelphia-based Econsult Solutions. The report will soon be available online. To request a copy, email Rachel White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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