"The University of South Carolina contributes in countless and intangible ways to the state and the communities where our campuses are located," Sorensen said. "This impact study reminds us of ways that the university directly boosts the state's economic vitality, through research, funding and job creation."
That Sorenson he is one slick fellow. They have a whole web site devoted to this idea appropriatly named http://www.sc.edu/economic_impact/ I am awed by it. Why is it that every time you turn arround they need to raise touition and then cut actual teachers. If you actually want to learn you have to be in the Honors College which takes some buttering to get into.
I like these hard numbers:
USC generates 25,460 jobs, directly and indirectly through construction and purchasing in the community. USC alumni, through their spending in the community, help support an additional 24, 392 jobs.
You can just feel the butter. Makes me want popcorn.