TSU Economic Impact

Texas Southern University Economic Impact

The Texas Southern University Economic Impact Study looked at the University’s impact on Houston and the eight surrounding counties: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller. Those counties comprise the geographic boundaries included in the calculation of local impacts. Purchases of products or labor that fall outside the study Area are labeled imports

By the Numbers

  • Approximately 1,327 direct jobs are generated by TSU (employed directly by the University), another 560 jobs are indirectly created, (jobs created because of the University’s need to purchase goods and services from local vendors) and about 1,162 induced jobs (jobs created by spending from all direct and indirect employees) are generated by TSU.  Therefore, in total TSU is directly and indirectly responsible for approximately 3,049 annual average jobs in the Houston Metropolitan Region.
  • TSU employees earn a total of $66.5 million of Household Income, while indirect workers earn $33 million, and the induced workers earn $56.7 million.  Combined, the Houston metropolitan area has an increase in income and benefits of $156.4 million from TSU.
  • In addition to the initial increase in demand directly attributable to TSU and its students, indirect output or sales created by the presence of TSU is $105.2 million and the induced output (sales) impact, which is the effect of households spending their additional income they earned from TSU and those businesses it buys from, is about $160.9 million, Thus, the total contribution of TSU to gross sales in the Houston metropolitan area is $542 million
  • The 3,049 direct, indirect and induced growth in employment by TSU generates a total fiscal dividend of $10.9 million in local taxes and $8.6 million in state taxes.
  • Even with the significant population growth in Houston over the past 30 years, the percentage of African Americans in the Houston Metropolitan Area who have attained a bachelor’s degree nearly doubled between 1980 and 2010 (from 12% to 23%).  The total number quadrupled from 32,507 in 1980 to 145,520 in 2010.
  • TSU African American graduates each year make up 16.3% of the annual gain in African Americans in the area with bachelor’s degrees.
  • TSU is enrolling approximately 18% of the area African American high school graduates who attend college each year. 

Educational Impact

  • The most important impact Texas Southern has on Houston is its educational impact and the impact of its alumni.
  • 9,636 students enrolled in fall 2012.
    • o   African American students comprise 82% of the student body.
    • o   Hispanic enrollment increased in fall 2012 to 6% of the student body, up from 5% in 2011.
    • o   Asian students make up 4%.
    • o   Anglo students are at 4%.
    • 1,391 degrees were awarded in FY 2012, an increase of 152 degrees over FY 2011.
    • TSU has the most diverse law school in the country (US News & World Report).
    • Texas Southern earned Top Ranking as “Degree Producer” among African American and Hispanic students (Diverse Issues in Higher Education).
    • The Texas Higher Education Journal reported that in Texas, TSU ranked first with 87 percent of graduates who are African-American.
    • In the Diverse Issues in Higher Education survey, Texas Southern ranked 4th out of 100 in African-Americans receiving doctoral degrees. In 2010-2011, TSU had 125 African-American graduates, which was 46 percent of the total graduating class.
    • TSU ranked 23rd out of 94 for conferring doctoral degrees to Hispanics with 46 Hispanics earning doctoral degrees, which was 17 percent of the graduating class. In bachelor degrees conferred, TSU ranked 31st in the top 100 of producers of African-American bachelor’s degrees – all disciplines combined.
    • In total minority professional doctoral degrees conferred, TSU ranked 16th with 225 total graduates, 83 percent being minorities (Diverse Issues in Higher Education).
    • Texas Southern was named one of the 2013 Military Friendly Schools.
    • TSU provides a number of unique degrees/programs for Houston and the region:
      • o   Aviation Sciences
      • o   Maritime Transportation and Security in partnership with Houston Port Authority
      • o   Online MBA, MPA and M.Ed.
      • o   Entertainment Management
      • o   Urban Planning
      • o   Undergraduate Social Work
      • o   Forensics studies in Administration of Justice
      • TSU partners with Public Schools for STEM programs through College of Science and Technology.

 Alumni Impact

  • 68,000 TSU alumni have been identified.
    • o   47,000 live in Houston area.
    • 27 percent of ALL African American pharmacists in US graduated from Texas Southern.
    • TSU is the second largest producer of pharmacists in the state.
    • 17 percent of all HISD teachers and administrators graduated from Texas Southern.
    • TSU’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law is a major producer of Hispanic lawyers, judges and pharmacists in the Texas Rio Grande Valley.
    • TSU has a number of alumni serving on major corporate boards
    • 14 elected officials across the state have TSU degrees.
    • 38 area ministers are TSU graduates.
    • TSU graduates include corporate CEOs ranging from President of Walgreens, to the Chairman of an international energy company and President of a major national financial investment corporation.
    • Alumni are heads of corporate foundations, as well as VPs of national corporations, banks, and non-profits.
    •  Hundreds of TSU alumni are small business owners.

Community Impact

  • TSU is opening a new Confucius Institute this spring—one of three in Texas, only one in Houston area, which
    • o   provides language and culture classes and opportunities for Houston
    • o   partners with Chinese government and Beijing Jiatong University.
    • TSU has major partnerships with area feeder schools:
      • o   Yates High School
      • o   MC Williams Middle School.
      • TSU has a specialized tutoring program into five middle schools and high schools.
      • Student community volunteerism is conducted through 80 campus organizations.
      • TSU launched a partnership with Houston Police Department for increased recruiting and workforce development.
      • TSU’s partnership with Comcast provides a unique minority programming for Houston community through TSU TV.
      • KTSU is the only public jazz station in Houston.
      • TSU’s Transportation program partnered with Houston Airport Authority to expand Hobby Airport.
      • TSU partnered with Houston Port Authority to create Maritime Transportation Program.
      • TSU supports environmental sustainability in many significant ways.
      • TSU sponsors the Houston Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (H-LSAMP)for outstanding high school students interested in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and has provided scholarships for hundreds of high school minority students.
      • TSU’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law oversees a number of community programs including the Earl Carl Institute, a Community Law Clinic, and Juvenile Justice Project.
      • TSU health screening programs are conducted through Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
      • The College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences at TSU sponsors arts outreach programs, including:
        • o   Joe Sample (TSU Alumnus) offered a TSU Master Class and Orchestra involving TSU students and area student musicians.
        • o   The university has partnered with The City of Houston to renovate Deluxe Theatre in Fifth Ward.
        • Numerous faculty, staff and alumni serve the city and region on public and non-profit boards and elected positions.