Study Paints Picture of Indiana Wesleyan Impact

Posted: Updated:
(Image courtesy of Indiana Wesleyan University) (Image courtesy of Indiana Wesleyan University)
MARION -

A report released by Indiana Wesleyan University shows the Marion-based school has a more than $72 million impact on the local economy. The research also suggests nearly 400 jobs in the community are spurred by university, student and visitor spending. The Indiana Business Research Center at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business conducted the study and says IWU has approximately 1,180 workers at its main campus, making it the Grant County's second-biggest employer.

Vice President for Residential Education Operations John Jones says the study will help the university tell its story in and out of the county. He says the study illustrates IWU's deep commitment to the community and that the university continues to be a significant partner. Jones says investments into the campus and expanding enrollment sends a message that "we're continuing to make Marion and Grant County a place that can be a destination and not just a county to just pass through, but a county to come to, whether you intend to study or come and work, the university plays a significant role in that."

The data suggest 80 different community organizations or programs in the county benefited last year from nearly 2,200 student volunteering over 146,000 hours. IWU President David Wright says "Marion and Grant County have been home to Indiana Wesleyan University for more than 90 years, and the university has seen the city through boom times and lean times. Through it all, IWU has sought to be a good neighbor and a positive presence for the city."

The study focused specifically on the impact to the city of Marion and Grant County, but Jones says the university would like to look at the full statewide impact in the future.

Full Report:

Vice President for Residential Education Operations John Jones says the study will help the university tell its story in and out of the county
  • Perspectives

    • Ahh…Yes! Turning a Hot Mess into a Cool Breeze

      "Problems cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them," is attributed to Einstein over 75 years ago. This still holds true, particularly in challenging communications. Many people address conflict at the level it was created by rehashing and building more evidence for their ‘side’ of an argument. Repeating a position tends to intensify the separation of people.

    More

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • The IU School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering will now be named for Fred Luddy for his $60M gift. (photo courtesy James Brosher/IU)

      $60M Gift to IU, Second Largest in School History

      An Indiana University alumnus who founded the information technology firm, ServiceNow, has given his alma mater $60 million to establish an artificial intelligence center. The university says the gift from cloud-computing pioneer Fred Luddy is the second largest in the history of the IU.

    • POET ethanol co. announced in Aug 2019 it was closing the plant in Cloverdale. (photo courtesy: POET)

      Cloverdale Ethanol Plant Closes

      South Dakota-based POET LLC, the nation’s largest biofuels producer, is moving forward with a plan to shut down its biorefining plant in Cloverdale, leaving 50 Hoosiers without jobs effective Friday. The company tells Inside INdiana Business that it is not making any changes to the plans announced two months ago. 

    • The multi-year road project stretched from Bloomington to Indianapolis.

      I-69 Road Project Update

      The Indiana Department of Transportation has scheduled three public meetings for next week to update the community on the I-69 Section 6 road project.    Section 6 is an approximately $1.5 billion new interstate project stretching from Martinsville to I-465 in Indianapolis.

    • Purdue Global Now Offers Analytics Degree

      The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs in the field of data analysis are projected to grow 26 percent over the next ten years. Acting upon that data, Indianapolis-based Purdue University Global has launched a new Bachelor of Science degree program in analytics. 

    • (Image of downtown Shelbyville courtesy of Mainstreet Shelbyville Inc.)

      Shelbyville Unveils Major Downtown Redevelopment

      The city of Shelbyville is announcing what it calls a major downtown redevelopment project to boost overall quality of life. The project plans feature green spaces, increased parking, market-rate housing, and infrastructure for public entertainment and community events.