UCA adds economic value to Arkansas as an employer of state residents and a large-scale buyer of goods and services. In FY 2018-19, the university employed 2,014 full-time and part-time faculty and staff, 99.9% of whom lived in Arkansas. Total payroll at UCA was $106.6 million (excluding payroll from research employees), much of which was spent in the state for groceries, mortgage and rent payments, dining out, and other house- hold expenses. In addition, the university spent $76.3 million on day-to-day expenses related to facilities, supplies, and professional services (excluding research expenditures).
UCA’s day-to-day operations spending added $110.5 million in income to the state during the analysis year. This figure represents the university’s payroll, the multiplier effects generated by the in-state spending of the university and its employees, and a downward adjustment to account for funding that the university received from state sources. The $110.5 million in added income is equivalent to supporting 2,024 jobs in the state.