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GlassRoots at Rutgers – Newark Fosters Entrepreneurship

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   GlassRoots at Rutgers –                     formed glass, graphic design, and busi-      ing, according to Kettenring,
   Newark Fosters                              ness skills programs (as well as partici-    GlassRoots director. Students in various
                                               pate in field trips) at 10 Bleeker Street,   graduate business programs act as men-
   Entrepreneurship                            in the heart of the Newark arts district.    tors to the Newark youngsters, and are


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         FUTURE BUILT UPON A GLASS             Ultimately, these youngsters will learn      currently learning the skills to market
          foundation isn't as risky as it      how to blow large glass pieces, such as      their products successfully through a
          sounds. In fact, for Newark          bowls, in a "hot shop" to be built in the    program taught by Rutgers MBA stu-
 youngsters participating in the GlassRoots    Bleeker Street facility. “This will com-     dent Gloria Sandiford. Sandiford uses a
 project founded by Pat Kettenring, pro-       plete the original mission of GlassRoots     program called NFTE, or National
 gram development administrator at the         to provide positive risk-taking to youth     Foundation for Teaching
 Rutgers Business School on the Newark         who have not had the opportunity to          Entrepreneurship, which was founded
 campus, glass could be the basis for a        learn creative arts in the past,”            by Steve Marriotti in Newark over 20
 bright economic future.                       notes Kettenring.                            years ago.
   Since its inception in 2001, the pro-         Students in Rutgers' interfunctional         In the summer of 2006, young
 gram has served more than 1,500 stu-          management program helped draft a            GlassRoots artists had the opportunity
 dents including over 650 the past year        business plan for GlassRoots, as well as a   to exhibit their work at the Paul
 alone. Through GlassRoots, Newark             capital budget, with additional assis-       Robeson Gallery at Rutgers-Newark.
 children ages 11 through 18 are learning      tance from a marketing team of under-        The students worked in collaboration
 both the craftsmanship of making fine         graduate students in a strategic manage-     with the internationally renowned New
 glass and the business acumen to market       ment course. Students in the visual and      Jersey artist Willie Cole to create “Glass
 their wares. "The aim of GlassRoots is        performing arts department designed the      City,” a city made of recycled glass that
 to teach young people both life skills        GlassRoots logo, its letterhead and its      provided a visual metaphor for a posi-
 and career skills," says Kettenring.          business cards to help give the project a    tive future. While creating Glass City,
 "They're developing their self-esteem         professional image. A small army of          the students channeled their creativity,
 and personal goals while learning             Rutgers students, alumni, board mem-         learned new life skills, and boosted their
 the career skills to be productive and        bers and AmeriCorps participants lent        self-confidence, notes Kettenring.
 marketable."                                  their talents to renovating the Bleeker
   Young artists attend workshops in           Street site which opened in 2002.              For more information on GlassRoots,
 glass bead-making, glass casting, kiln-         The interaction with Rutgers is ongo-      please go to: http://www.glassroots.org/




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                  METROPOLITAN
                  UNIVERSITIES NEWS
 HRSA Awards $1.3 Million Grant for Nurse                                                   SIU/SDM
 Retention and Patient Care To ASU College of                                               Wing Expansion Shows
 Nursing & Healthcare Innovation                                                            Community Commitment

                                                                                              M
                                               Nurses-to-Nurses Objectives

T
       HE   HEALTH RESOURCES AND                                                                          ORE THAN 90 ALUMNI, FACULTY
        Services Administration                In addition to creating a new Center                       and friends of the Southern
        (HRSA) awarded a $1.3 million        for Professional and Clinical Excellence                     Illinois University School of
grant to the Arizona State University        based on the American Association of             Dental Medicine in Alton raised more
(ASU) College of Nursing &                   Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Synergy              than $625,000 to invest in the School’s
Healthcare Innovation to fund a project      Model, nurses’ practice and patient out-         future by giving it room to grow.
to improve nurse retention and patient       comes will be enhanced through a variety            An Advanced Care Wing added to the
care. ASU’s ultimate goal of the Nurses-     of activities. The center will offer on-site     Main Clinic allows general dentistry and spe-
to-Nurses project is to implement a          advisement for Abrazo nurses, encourage          cialty disciplines—including periodontics
working model for creating and sustain-      specialty certification, and establish a         and endodontics—to be taught in one place.
ing a healthy and effective nursing          recognition program for outstanding
                                                                                                 Construction of the wing was
work environment that can be adapted         performance. Specialty certification
                                                                                              financed through bonds and loans that
by health organizations across the           classes will include Medical/Surgical,
                                                                                              the School of Dental Medicine will pay
United States.                               Perinatal, Critical Adult Care, and
                                                                                              back over time, said Stephen Schaus,
   The ASU College of Nursing &              Emergency Nursing.
                                                                                              the School’s Director of Development.
Healthcare Innovation will partner with         “We are pleased to partner with the
                                                                                              “Due to the high cost of construction, the
Abrazo Health Care (AHC) of Arizona          College of Nursing & Healthcare
                                             Innovation at Arizona State University           building and mechanicals required all
on the five-year initiative through 2011.
                                             in this important learning initiative,” said     those available funds. “We turned to alum-
Abrazo Health Care employs more than
                                             Judy L. Schueler, Ph.D., chief learning          ni, faculty, friends and corporate sponsors
5,000 employees across the Maricopa
County Metropolitian area and is experi-     officer of Abrazo Health Care. “Through          to help purchase the equipment necessary
encing nursing shortages similar to other    this project we will collaborate on              to make the new space function.”
hospital systems in the state. In fact,      improving the overall work environment              The 6,400-square-foot wing expansion
a recent HRSA report noted that              for nurses—and subsequently improve the          provides space for 24 more clinical oper-
Arizona had a 21 percent vacancy rate        patient care experience. As we increase          atories, or areas that contain several
in 2005, triple the national average. The    the number of new graduate nurses enter-         dental stations, and a new classroom.
nursing shortage in Arizona, including       ing our hospitals, we know we will need          “As with all fundraising initiatives at
Phoenix, is acute because of rapid popu-     the support and mentorship of our nurs-          the dental school, we approached the
lation growth.                               ing experts across the system to support         project with a donor-centered focus,”
   Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano         their ongoing professional development.”         Schaus said.
spoke at the news conference announc-          According to Dr. Hrabe, project out-              “We made every effort throughout the
ing the grant and described the Nurses-      comes are expected to improve patient            process to match donors with opportu-
to-Nurses project as innovative and com-     care, RN retention in the workplace, and         nities for giving, which on our end
mended the collaboration between the         employee satisfaction. “By implementing          translated into specific needs to com-
ASU college and Abrazo Health Care.          this model, we’re pulling together the lat-      plete the project.” (Continued pg. 2)
   National and local reports indicate 25    est research and innovations related to
percent of new RN graduates leave their      patient care,” Dr. Hrabe said.
positions in one year and up to 50 per-        Abrazo Health Care
cent terminate in 18 months, a major           Abrazo Health Care comprises Phoenix
cause of the nursing shortage.               Health Plan (serving nearly 100,000
   The project will employ a comprehen-      community residents), TMC Imaging
sive career development initiative to        Centers at seven locations across the
increase retention and advance skills and    Valley, and six hospitals including
competency among Abrazo RN’s. David          Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital,
Hrabe, Ph.D., RN, director of the            Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist
Academy of Continuing Education at the       Hospital, Phoenix Memorial Hospital,
College of Nursing & Healthcare              and West Valley Hospital.
Innovation and grant project director,         ASU College of Nursing &
said more than 600 nurses, their man-        Healthcare Innovation
agers, executives, and administrators will     Founded in 1957, ASU College of
                                                                                            From back left to right – Dr. Robert Dennison, CEO
take part in the continuing education        Nursing & Healthcare Innovation has
                                                                                            of Delta Dental of Illinois and a 1982 graduate of the
workshops presented by ASU faculty in        nearly 1800 students in its Bachelors,
                                                                                            SIU School of Dental Medicine; Illinois State Sen.
residence at Abrazo. “We’re very excited     Masters, and Doctor of Science nursing         Bill Haine; and SIUE Chancellor Vaughn
about our partnership with Abrazo,” Dr.      degree programs and more than 7,100            Vandegrift. From front left to right – SIU School of
Hrabe stated. “It will be a high-impact      alumni. The college also has one of only       Dental Medicine Dean Ann Boyle, SIU System
project with positive results for both       four Centers for the Advancement of            President Glenn Poshard, SIU Board of Trustees
nurses and patients alike.”                  Evidence-based Practice at U.S. colleges       Chairman Roger Tedrick, and Illinois State Rep.
                                             of nursing.                                    Renee Kosel.
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  Dramatic Delivery for New $620,000
  Scientific Instrumentation at Boise State
                                                       studying the possible delivery methods,

  T
          HE LARGE CROWD OF FACULTY,
           students and local media gathered           Boise State crews decided to remove the
           behind barrier tape on the north            glass from the second-story window of the
  side of the Math/Geosciences Building at             Math/Geosciences Building and use a
  Boise State University in mid-October                forklift to get the various crates contain-
  2006 breathed a collective sigh of relief as         ing the instrumentation into the building.
  a large crate containing scientific instru-             Schmitz says he was very pleased that the
  mentation was safely delivered through               operations went so smoothly. With the
  the building’s second-floor window.                  help of a support engineer from the               Among the national-scope projects Boise State will
                                                       Manchester, England company where the             join is an NSF-funded initiative to precisely date the
                                                       TIMS was built, Schmitz and his col-              Earth’s geologic history.
                                                       leagues are now busy setting up the instru-         will support a number of local and region-
                                                       mentation in the new ultra-clean lab.               al research projects, such as determining
                                                          The TIMS measures the products of                when volcanic eruptions occurred on the
                                                       radioactive decay in microscopic minerals           Snake River Plain or tracing how quickly
                                                       and can be used to determine the age of             water flows underground through the
                                                       geologic materials such as rocks or fossils         Boise Foothills and what dissolved miner-
                                                       and the composition of environmental                als it picks up along the way.
                                                       samples such as dissolved minerals in                  Boise State now has the only TIMS
                                                       water or lead contaminants in soil. The             capabilities in a geographic area stretch-
                                                       instrumentation will enable Boise State             ing from the University of Washington in
 Delivery was made through a second–floor window.      faculty and students to collaborate with            Seattle, Washington to the University of
     The instrumentation, a thermal ioniza-            scientists at similar labs at the                   Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. As
  tion mass spectrometer, or TIMS, will be             Massachusetts Institute of Technology,              such, the facility will be an important
  the centerpiece of a new Isotope Geology             the University of California-Berkeley, and          regional center of training for the next
  Laboratory that is the first of its kind in          other research universities as part of a            generation of geoscientists and may also
  the interior Northwest. The TIMS was                 National Science Foundation program.                support research at the Idaho National
  acquired with a $620,000 instrumenta-                   Among the national-scope projects                Laboratory, Schmitz says.
  tion grant from the National Science                 Boise State will join is an NSF-funded ini-            “Geoscience is a global science, and we
  Foundation. Geosciences professor Mark               tiative to precisely date the Earth’s geolog-       anticipate that current and future part-
  Schmitz procured the grant.                          ic history. Another project focuses on              nerships with scientists in Europe, Russia,
     The unusual delivery method was nec-              understanding future climate change by              South Africa, Australia and South
  essary because of the size of the instru-            documenting how the Earth’s climate has             America will flourish with the resources
  mentation and its sensitivity to being               changed over the past 500 million years.            made available through this new facility,”
  tipped more than about 15 degrees. After                In addition, the new TIMS equipment              Schmitz adds.


 SIU/SDM Wing Expansion Shows Community Commitment (Continued)

    Speakers at a dedication ceremony in            dents by allowing them to more reg-
  September included Illinois Sen.                  ularly work with graduate students
  William Haine of Alton, Illinois Rep.             and specialty faculty members.
  Renèe Kosel of New Lenox, SIU                        Dr. Ann Boyle, Dean of the School,
  President Glenn Poshard, and SIUE                 cited gifts from alumni, faculty, corpo-
  Chancellor Vaughn Vandegrift.                     rate and other sponsors as critical not
    Dr. Robert Dennison, CEO of Delta               only to the completion of the
  Dental of Illinois (DDIL) and a 1982              Advanced Care Wing but also to the
  SDM graduate, also addressed the                  success of the institution.
  Dedication guests. Dennison spoke on                 “With the erosion of state support,
  behalf of DDIL, which also made a gener-          private contributions allow us to con-
  ous contribution of $250,000 for equip-           tinuously improve the quality of den-
  ment for the project. The wing was named          tal education our students receive,
  the Delta Dental of Illinois Advanced             and our students’ performance on
  Care Wing in the company’s honor.                 national examinations reflects these
    “Education and access to care play key          improvements,” Boyle said.
  roles in improving oral health,”                     “The Class of 2006 recorded the
  Dennison said. “The School obviously              second highest comprehensive stan-
  does important work on both fronts,               dard scores in the United States on
  greatly benefiting the community. We              the National Board Examination
  are proud to support the School and its           Part II. These results are made possi-
  good work by doing what we can to                 ble through developments, such as
  help provide better education to its stu-         the Advanced Care Wing, which
  dents and improved care to its patients.”         offer the capacity necessary to improve             Advanced Care Wing
    The new facility will enrich educa-             the curriculum and enhance the educa-
  tional opportunities for pre-doctoral stu-        tion we provide.”
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UCDHSC Researcher Shows Progress in Helping to Safely Restore Native Artifacts



E
      FFORTS TO CONSERVE ARTIFACTS OF
       ancient life have been undertak-
       en by many well-meaning conser-
vationists throughout human history.
However, some of the methods and
materials used by early conservationists
have since been determined to cause
additional damage and make exposure
to such items hazardous to humans.
  University of Colorado at Denver and
Health Sciences Center (UCDHSC)
Associate Professor of Biology
Timberley Roane has been working on
ways to safely remove harmful chemi-
cals from artifacts under a grant from
the National Center for Preservation
Technology and Training, an office of
the National Park Service.
  “Early methods of preserving many
native artifacts, such as headdresses,
pipes, blankets and ceremonial masks,
relied heavily on the use of pesticides,”
says Roane. “Two common ingredients
in those pesticides were mercury and
arsenic. Concentrations of those chemi-
cals now make it risky for humans to
come into contact with the artifacts.”
  Roane, who is of Lumbee descent,
discussed his concerns about hazardous
artifact preservation with a Navajo col-
league at the Environmental Protection
Agency and came up with the use of
bacteria as a possible means of restora-
tion. Due to the presence of mercury in
artifacts, the risk of skin exposure or
inhalation makes it dangerous for them
to be used in their historic and cultural
contexts. Roane’s idea was to apply bac-
teria to the artifacts to extract the dan-
gerous mercury from the objects (from
when they were originally made) in
such a way that not only would the
artifacts not be damaged but also they
would then be safe to use in their tradi-
tional ways. Roane has found 20 types
of bacteria that are able to grow in high    uses a similar approach to manage envi-
concentrations of toxic mercury with         ronmental cleanup with naturally
one bacterium capable of removing            occurring bacteria.
approximately 20 percent of the mercu-         When Roane began her work with
ry from a surface within two weeks.          native artifacts not much was known
“These bacteria may be the key to help-      about contamination levels. Through
ing return artifacts to the people who       the renewable grant, she was able to
created them and to return them with-        begin her work with the Native
out endangering individuals coming in        American collections at the Arizona
contact with the items,” says Roane.         State Museum. “It is very important to
  Other proposed methods for remov-          handle the items with great care
ing toxic materials include using chemi-     because they are considered to be living
cals or ultraviolet light and heat, but      by the tribes from which they come,”
such techniques could damage the             says Roane. “So, we believe this
items. Roane’s approach is to use bacte-     research offers hope to ensure their
ria to change the mercury into a             continued legacies.”
gaseous form which then can be dis-
posed of safely. In other work, Roane


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      “Saviors of Our Cities”: Twenty-Five Urban Colleges Noted
      for Positive Economic and Social Benefit to Their Communities
                                                                       that has eroded the traditional urban economic base.”

  D
           R. EVAN DOBELLE, PRESIDENT OF THE NEW ENGLAND
           Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), has released a list         Many other institutions also have a very positive impact on
           of 25 “best-neighbor” urban colleges and universities       their communities, Dobelle noted, and hopefully the focus on a
  that, because of their strong positive contribution of careful       range of actions taken by colleges and universities of various
  strategic planning and thoughtful use of resources, have             sizes, both public and private, will encourage others to take
  dramatically strengthened the economy and quality of life            additional steps. “This list is designed to recognize 25 outstand-
  of their neighboring communities and have become “Saviors            ing institutions that represent hundreds of others who every day
  of Our Cities.”                                                      become more and more important by providing stability in
     The economic impact of institutions on smaller, familiar “col-    every social indices in cities across America,” he said.
  lege towns” has long been recognized, but the current reality is        Inclusion on the list is based on 10 criteria that have been
  that many major cities are now dependent on the economic             designed to accommodate scale in terms of the size of the insti-
  influence and impact of their colleges. Today there are numer-       tution in geography, student population, endowment, and popu-
  ous cities where the decisions made by these institutions play       lation of their immediate neighborhood or city. Some, by neces-
  the major role in the economic and social health of their com-       sity, include subjective impressions based on 20 years of profes-
  munity. Dobelle noted, “In New England alone there are 270           sional experience. The criteria are:
  colleges and universities in those six states that employ 250,000,
  including 38,000 faculty, and have annual budgets of $20 bil-             1. The institution’s longstanding involvement with it’s urban
  lion, exclusive of capitol construction which approached $1 bil-             community.
  lion last year. The economic multipliers are huge.”                       2. The real dollars invested through the institution’s
     The “Saviors of Our Cities” list is composed of 25 academic               foundations and annual budgets.
  institutions that are outstanding examples of community revi-             3. The institution’s catalyst effect on additional partners for
  talization and cultural renewal, economic drivers of the local               social and economic change.
  economy, and advocates of community service and urban devel-              4. The institution’s presence felt from their payroll, research
  opment, both commercial and residential. They are:                           and purchasing power.
                                                                            5. Faculty and student involvement in community service.
      1. University of Southern California – Los Angeles,                   6. The institution’s continued sustainability of neighborhood
              California                                                       initiatives that in many ways have supplanted
      2. University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania               government programs.
      3. University of Dayton – Dayton, Ohio                                7. The marked difference the institution has made on local
      4. IUPUI – Indianapolis, Indiana*                                        student access and affordability to attend college
      5. Rhode Island School of Design – Providence, Rhode Island              through K-12 partnerships.
      6. Case-Western University – Cleveland, Ohio                          8. The qualitative esprit of the institution in its engagement.
      7. Clark University – Worcester, Massachusetts                        9. The quantifiable increase in positive recognition of the
      8. Virginia Commonwealth University – Richmond, Virginia*                institution as demonstrated by a rise in applications by
      9. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – Milwaukee,                        prospective students and resources raised through
              Wisconsin*                                                       renewed alumni giving becoming available for
      10. Emerson College – Boston, Massachusetts                              community projects and local scholarships.
      11. Trinity College – Hartford, Connecticut                           10. Recognition of the impact of the institution within its
      12. University of Chicago – Chicago, Illinois                            community gathered from interviews with educators
      13. Mercer University - Macon, Georgia                                   and public officials throughout the country.
      14. Middlesex Community College – Lowell, Massachusetts
      15. George Washington University – Washington, DC                  Dobelle, an expert in the field of Higher Education and
      16. Carnegie-Mellon University – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania        Cities, was recognized as New Englander of the Year in 1999 for
      17. Portland State University – Portland, Oregon*                his efforts leading Trinity College in Hartford. He was widely
      18. University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania          praised that year for his “call to arms” in a National Press Club
      19. College of Charleston – Charleston, South Carolina           speech in Washington D.C., entitled “Stepping Down From
      20. Springfield College – Springfield, Massachusetts             The Ivory Tower.” A former president at four different higher
      21. Emory University – Atlanta, Georgia                          education institutions, he is a longtime Executive Board mem-
      22. Union College – Schenectady, New York                        ber of the National Campus Compact, a frequent speaker, and
      23. University of Missouri – Kansas City – Kansas City,          recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees.
              Missouri*
      24. Miami-Dade College – Miami, Florida                               For more information contact:
      25. Creighton University – Omaha, Nebraska                            Amanda Krupkoski, akrupkoski@nebhe.org
                                                                            Evan Dobelle, edobelle@nebhe.org
    These 25 urban institutions, some nationally well-known and
                                                                       *
  others less so, were all found to have led the way in instituting        Five of those universities are members of the Coalition of Urban and
  policies which not only have had positive results on their cam-          Metropolitan Universities (CUMU).
  puses, but also produced a major beneficial impact in the cities
  they call home.
    Dobelle said, “The extraordinary efforts of these and other
  colleges have made higher education one of the great growth
  industries in America and have given a sense of confidence and
  hope as well as stability to cities that would otherwise be strug-
  gling in a world of mergers, downsizing and global outsourcing


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                                                                                               respective investments of time and
                                                                                               money pay off in the future,” Clark said
 Learning in Leaps and Bounds:                                                                 in the study.
 Positive Outcomes for Children with Autism                                                       As a result of the education received at
                                                                                               UTC, the average male member of the
                                             with autism.

P
      ARENTS WHOSE CHILDREN HAVE                                                               Fall 2003 entering class who completes
       been diagnosed with autism spec-        “If you deliver dosages of intervention         his undergraduate training at UTC can
       trum disorder are finding hope        early enough, with peers as intervention
                                                                                               be expected to earn approximately $1.47
through a program developed by               agents, you can turn profoundly non-
                                                                                               million more over his lifetime than his
Professor Phillip Strain at the              social beings into social beings,” Strain
                                             says. “Peer relationships, begun early on,        counterpart with only a high school
University of Colorado at Denver and
                                             are the most powerful predictor of                diploma. A male graduate student will
Health Sciences Center (UCDHSC).
   Strain’s program, known as LEAP or        where you wind up as an adult.”                   earn an additional $1.41 million more
Learning Experiences-An Alternative            “I’d like to see a time when the                than his college undergraduate counter-
Program for Pre-schoolers and Parents,       majority of kids with autism get a                part during the earning years. The aver-
is funded by the U.S. Department of          chance at being in inclusive settings             age female who completes her undergrad-
Education and is housed in UCDHSC’s          early in life,” Strain says. “And I’d like        uate training will earn $1.14 million more
Positive Early Learning Experiences          to see a set of professional standards in         than her counterpart with a high school
Center. The LEAP pre-school program          the field such that if you said you were
                                                                                               education. Females who go on to earn a
is offered in 50 school districts around     doing intervention, any parent could
                                                                                               graduate degree will earn $723,000 more
the country.                                 assume they were going to get standard
                                             proven treatment.”                                than her undergraduate counterpart.
   Funding for the original LEAP interven-
                                               According to Strain, the LEAP model                The vast majority of UTC students, 88
tion program was through a U.S. Office of
Special Education model demonstration        grew out of a series of small scale studies       percent of undergraduates and 83 percent
grant. Subsequent grants to conduct          which demonstrated the existence of a             of graduate students, will remain in
research on the model and replicate the      general level of dissatisfaction with the         Tennessee after graduation. That means
program were provided by grants from the     typical outcomes experienced by chil-             the incremental future earning and
U.S. Office of Special Education, the        dren and families dealing with autism             spending, attributable to an education at
National Institute of Mental Health, and     and that typical children can have a              UTC, will contribute significantly to the
the Pennsylvania and Colorado State          rather profound impact on the develop-            future economic development of the state
Departments of Education.                    ment of children with autism.
                                                                                               and the tax revenues the state collects.
   Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is           LEAP helps children, their families,
                                             and their teachers learn to live with                For every $1 spent by the state on the
characterized by a series of developmen-
                                             ASD and maximize autistic children’s              Fall 2003 entering UTC class, the state
tal deficits in social interaction, verbal
                                             potential. “We’ve learned over the past           will receive $1.45 back in taxes, on a pres-
and non-verbal communication, and by
repetitive behaviors or interests.           30 years that the outer limits of what            ent discounted value basis. This translates
Children with ASD may also have              kids are capable of is pretty phenome-            to a 5.14 percent rate of return on the
unusual responses such as panic or           nal,” states Strain. “And in 30 years it          state’s investment in the university.
tantrums to certain sounds or the            will be even better.”                                In 2003, UTC brought into the state
appearance of certain objects.                 For more information about ongoing              nearly $37 million from external sources,
   More sophisticated diagnostic tech-       research contact:                                 such as grants, foundation spending and
niques have led to an increased number         Phil Strain, Ph.D.
                                                                                               tuition from out-of-state students. The
of diagnosed autism cases—and with it a        (303)556-3353
                                                                                               sales tax revenue generated by this
proliferation of alternative treatments.       phil.strain@cudenver.edu.
                                                                                               income flow amounts to approximately
Equine therapy, swimming with dolphins,
                                                                                               $2.2 million annually.
and other alternative treatments may be
well-intended, Strain says, but they are
                                             Economic Impact on                                   “In summary, the three major economic
not proven. More effective early inter-      University of Tennessee at                        contributions UTC makes to Tennessee –
vention includes coaching parents on                                                           an educated labor force for the private
helping their children with routines such    Chattanooga                                       and public sector, a large increment in
as getting up, getting dressed and going                                                       state tax revenues from the additional

                                             M
                                                        ETROPOLITAN UNIVERSITIES CAN
out into the community.                                 have a very important impact           earnings of UTC in-state resident alumni,
   “We’re concerned about relieving the                 on the well-being of a commu-          and the boost to the state income and
obvious pain and anxiety that parents                                                          revenue from UTC as an “export base” –
                                             nity. The University of Tennessee at
feel when they learn they have a child                                                         all suggest that the engaged metropolitan
                                             Chattanooga plays an integral role in the
with significant special needs,” Strain
                                             stimulation of the local economy of the           University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
says. “Providing training and support for
                                             “Scenic City,” contributing more than             is an extraordinary investment for the
families is important to help children
with this disorder.”                         $285 million a year, providing over 4,000         state,” said Clark.
   Early on, Strain and his colleagues       jobs, and receiving only 6.7 percent of
found that even the most highly skilled      Tennessee’s total higher education appro-
adult mediators had limited long-term        priations, with 59 percent of University
effects on the children. The children        funding coming from other sources.
weren’t maintaining their skills or gen-        These findings were recently released in
eralizing them to new settings. They
                                             “The Economic Impact and Return on
found that it is helpful to integrate
                                             Investment of UTC: What Tennessee
these children with children who are
developing normally. The bonus of this       Taxpayers Get for Their Money 2005-
practice is that kids who have been part     2006” written by Dr. S., J. R. Clark and
of LEAP are very forgiving of kids who       Scott L. Probasco Jr., Chair of Free
are not having success. LEAP teaches         Enterprise.
                                                                                              A UTC undergraduate can be expected to earn
typically developing peers to facilitate        “Both students and taxpayers might be
the social and language skills of children                                                    approximately $1.47 million more over his life-
                                             surprised to learn exactly how their
                                                                                              time than his counterpart with only a high
                                                                                              school diploma.                  MARCH 2007 5

								
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