University of South Carolina

University has immeasurable impact

Carolina's seven major academic initiatives will be celebrated during the week of each home football game this season. The first -- in the week leading up to the Carolina vs. Florida Atlantic game Sept. 19 -- is the University's Impact on the State.

Whether it’s measured by contribution to the economy, educational reach, or outreach and service to South Carolina citizens, the impact of the University of South Carolina on the Palmetto State is practically incalculable.

Facts and figures can quantify the University’s $4 billion contribution to the state’s economy, its support of nearly 50,000 jobs, and the more than half of the University’s alumni who reside in state and enjoy higher earnings and an improved quality of life as a result of their Carolina education.

The University has the state covered -- literally. Each year hundreds of students begin their Carolina education at one of the University's four regional campuses: USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, and USC Union. Three senior campuses offer undergraduate and graduate studies: USC Aiken, USC Beaufort, and USC Upstate.

Carolina annually awards nearly 40 percent of all baccalaureate and graduates degrees conferred at public institutions in South Carolina. More than 5,500 K-12 teachers in South Carolina classrooms earned their degrees at Carolina, and nursing programs at the Columbia, Aiken, and Upstate campuses have awarded more than 3,200 nursing degrees in the past decade. More than 5,300 licensed pharmacists in South Carolina earned their degrees at the University, and nearly 75 percent of all alumni from the University’s School of Medicine who practice in the Palmetto State are in primary care or needed specialties.

The University of South Carolina’s impact is also measured by hundreds of community outreach programs such as Cocky’s Reading Express, which encourages young people to read; the School of Law’s volunteer income tax assistance program for low-income, elderly, and non-English speaking residents; and partnerships between the School of Medicine and other institutions and agencies that provide clinical services such as the Alzheimer’s Day Care Center and the Child Abuse Recovery Center.

But the University’s educational impact reaches farther still. There is the Center for Public Health Preparedness at the Arnold School of Public Health, which conducts vital training exercises for law enforcement and other first-responder agencies to better prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies; the Poison Control Center, which provides round-the-clock, life-saving information for treatment of poisonings; and the expertise and professional development provided to business leaders and entrepreneurs through Carolina’s businessLink at the Darla Moore School of Business, whose resources have supported more than $207 million in investments in South Carolina.

Then there is the undivided attention, joy, anticipation, and excitement of millions when Carolina squares off against Clemson on a certain Saturday afternoon in the fall; the impact of life-long friendships among far-flung alumni who first met at the University; or the pride that comes with the mention of the University of South Carolina anywhere in the world.

Posted: 09/11/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 08/09/11 @ 9:00 AM | Permalink