Posted: November 13, 2018

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@MinnState.edu, 651-201-1426

Minnesota State Drives $8.0 Billion of State’s Economy
67,717 jobs created or sustained by economic activity

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 13, 2018 – The 30 colleges and seven universities that comprise Minnesota State contributed over $8.0 billion to the state’s economy in FY2017, according to an economic contribution analysis released today by Minnesota State. The study further concludes that the economic activity of the system supported or sustained 67,717 jobs throughout the state. 

“The colleges and universities of Minnesota State play an essential role in growing Minnesota’s economy -- through talent development and opening the doors of educational opportunity to all Minnesotans,” said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State. “But it’s also important to recognize that, simply through their operations and the business activity they generate, and through the increased productivity of their graduates, our state colleges and universities have a significant impact on both their local economies and the state as a whole.” 

The study was conducted by Parker Philips, a nationally recognized consulting firm specializing in economic impact analysis. Nichole Parker, a principal partner at Parker Philips, said, “Economic contribution analysis is an objective way to measure the significance of an organization in the state and regional economy. It is a tool that policy makers can use to inform their decisions. The colleges and universities of Minnesota State clearly make a major contribution to their local, state, and regional economies.” 

Among the findings in the study:

  • The $8.0 billion total economic contribution of Minnesota State in FY2017 included $4.1 billion direct and $3.9 billion indirect and induced spending, and was the result of operational spending, capital spending (10-year average), payroll and benefits paid to employees, student spending, and visitor spending.
  • The operations of Minnesota State support or sustain a total of 67,717 jobs – one out of every 55 jobs in the state.
  • Through its local spending and the jobs it supports or sustains, Minnesota State generates $458.5 million in state and local taxes.
  • The employees of Minnesota State contribute an estimated $116.2 million annually in charitable giving and volunteerism.
  • Minnesota State supports or sustains $1 out of every $42 in Minnesota’s economy.
  • For every $1 in state appropriation, Minnesota State generates nearly $12 in economic activity.

In addition to the significant impact of campus operations, the report also found that the income being added into the economy as a result of graduates obtaining post-secondary education is significant. In FY2017, the colleges and universities of Minnesota State conferred nearly 40,000 degrees and certificates, and the total number of alumni living and working in the state is more than 450,000. 

The full economic contribution analysis and individual reports by college/university are available at www.MinnState.edu/IMPACT.

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About Minnesota State
Minnesota State includes 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving approximately 375,000 students. It is the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States.

Minnesota State
Economic Contribution by College and University
Fiscal Year 2017

College/University
or Reporting Group

Total
Economic
Impact

Total
Jobs
Impact

Total
State/Local
Tax Impact

Alexandria Technical and Community College

$114,468,601

950

$6,609,605

Anoka-Ramsey, Anoka Technical College

$371,749,582

3,198

$20,709,676

Bemidji State University, Northwest Technical College

$321,742,715

2,749

$18,277,920

Central Lakes College

$135,818,812

1,107

$7,659,196

Century College

$368,507,142

3,269

$21,891,438

Dakota County Technical College and
Inver Hills Community College

$334,563,627

2,881

$19,655,592

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

$49,490,833

448

$2,767,421

Hennepin Technical College

$237,669,337

2,080

$13,942,069

Lake Superior College

$195,922,081

1,843

$11,480,026

Metropolitan State University

$393,974,276

3,600

$23,042,205

Minneapolis College

$333,426,905

2,972

$19,754,848

Minnesota State College Southeast

$80,346,402

694

$4,691,844

Minnesota State Community and Technical College

$215,166,254

1,840

$12,451,792

Minnesota State University, Mankato

$781,491,074

6,239

$43,343,804

Minnesota State University Moorhead

$285,487,565

2,242

$15,776,423

Minnesota West Community and Technical College

$128,576,385

1,140

$7,488,499

Normandale Community College

$401,208,666

3,474

$23,794,282

North Hennepin Community College

$272,495,975

2,360

$16,238,679

Northeast Higher Education District*

$211,259,805

1,809

$11,726,289

Northland Community and Technical College

$133,623,844

1,137

$7,854,313

Pine Technical and Community College

$48,649,511

404

$2,751,494

Ridgewater College

$170,200,331

1,456

$9,763,055

Riverland Community College

$121,381,307

1,101

$7,072,695

Rochester Community and Technical College

$231,888,706

2,009

$13,456,575

Saint Paul College

$281,452,289

2,432

$16,644,122

South Central College

$160,992,919

1,410

$9,402,372

Southwest Minnesota State University

$173,127,685

1,421

$9,641,842

St. Cloud State University

$686,482,370

5,515

$38,492,982

St. Cloud Technical and Community College

$188,657,875

1,650

$11,133,634

Winona State University

$447,897,126

3,465

$24,222,684

System

$142,417,518

822

$6,720,188

Total

$8,020,137,518

67,717

$458,457,564


* The Northeast Higher Education District includes Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River Community College, and Vermilion Community College.