#OurRaleigh’s Consortium of Six Higher Education Institutions (CRC) Celebrating 50th Anniversary
“Raleigh is an amazing college town.” That’s the message that Cooperating Raleigh Colleges (CRC) is stressing at its anniversary event on Monday, Sept. 24th at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
“Having this wide variety of colleges and universities has a very strong impact on Raleigh and Wake County both for its economy and its culture,” said Dr. Brian C. Ralph, president of the CRC Board of Directors and president of William Peace University. The nonprofit consortium’s membership includes the largest state university (NC State University), the largest community college (Wake Technical Community College), two historically black universities (Saint Augustine’s University and Shaw University), a woman’s college (Meredith College), and a downtown coed university (William Peace University).
“Our campuses affect the culture of this community in so many ways. We connect with the community for arts and culture and sporting events. We work with the key community groups like those in emergency management, all levels of education and area businesses.”
The six institutions of higher education in Wake County account for 40 percent of total employment and 22 percent of all wage and salary income in Wake County. These significant numbers were among those measured in an economic impact study prepared for the campuses with data from 2017. Together they contribute an estimated $9 billion to the county economy with almost 219,000 jobs.
The study looked at the combined effects of what the institutions spent for faculty and staff salaries, campus operations and construction and also spending by current students, alumni living in the area, and attendees at athletic and cultural events. The study was by conducted by Dr. Michael L. Walden, the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Extension Economist at NC State University, for the Board of Directors of CRC, which is made up of the presidents and chancellor of the institutions.
“But the impact is not only economic,” said Dr. Ralph. “Our campuses affect the culture of this community in so many ways. We connect with the community for arts and culture and sporting events. We work with the key community groups like those in emergency management, all levels of education and area businesses.”
One of the main goals of CRC is to connect students and staff members on all the campuses. All kinds of collaborations take place. Students can take courses at the other colleges and attend events; leaders in a variety of campus areas meet regularly; and CRC creates workshops that bring together groups like adjunct professors, security officers and staff members of all types.
“By gathering together people from all the campuses we learn so much from each other, which makes the results so much stronger for students and campus employees,” Dr. Ralph said.