Seattle University is developing a “university assisted community school” with Bailey Gatzert Elementary which includes campus-school partnerships focusing on academics, social, emotional and physical health, arts and technology. Initial results:
- The Gatzert after-school program, which did not exist prior to 2010, contributes 35,000 hours of additional learning time each year (almost 20% more time per student per year).
- In 2011-2012, Gatzert Elementary School had the highest academic growth rate of any school in Seattle.
- In 2012-2013, Gatzert Elementary students continued to show progress. One of the most significant gains was in 5th grade science; 55% of Gatzert fifth graders passed the State MSP Science test (up from 10% in 2010-2011).
Seattle University partnered with Seattle Housing Authority to successfully obtain a “Choice Neighborhood” HUD grant.Initial results:
- SUYI investments over three years of $6.3 million were leveraged into $36.8 million in new funding for affordable housing, education, and health care.
- The University partnered with eight local organizations to engage over 300 neighborhood children and youth in summer learning opportunities.This represents a 100% increase in participation in just two years and over 27,000 hours of additional learning and enrichment time.
- Three neighborhood residents have been hired through targeted University job fairs and more job fairs for neighborhood residents are planned. In addition, 15 local high school students worked on campus through the City of Seattle’s Youth Employment Program.
Engaging the University
Drawing upon the resources of all of its colleges and schools, the University has expanded and developed 47 campus-community SUYI partnerships and connected several hundred courses to the neighborhood. In 2012-2013
- 1,384 SU students served in the SUYI neighborhood; a 79% growth in the number of students engaged in the neighborhood since 2010-2011.
- 250 SU students made a year-long commitment to serve in the neighborhood; a 52% growth in the number of students since 2010-2011.
- 43 faculty engaged 838 students with SUYI partners through 94 courses with a service-learning component; a 45% increase in student participation since 2010-2011.
- Nine faculty partnered with neighborhood organizations on expansive community-based research projects through a new Faculty Fellows Program.