The University of Houston-Victoria, established in 1973, has today grown to serve 5,313 credit and 90 non-credit students. The university is led by President Bob Glenn. The university’s service region, for the purpose of this report, is the Coastal Bend, a region in Texas along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. For purposes of this study the Coastal Bend is comprised of the following counties: Bexar, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Colorado, Dewitt, Fort Bend, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Karnes, Lavaca, Matagorda, Refugio, Victoria, Wharton and Wilson.
While UHV affects the region in a variety of ways, many of them difficult to quantify, this study is concerned with considering its economic benefits. The university naturally helps students achieve their individual potential and develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to have fulfilling and prosperous careers. However, UHV impacts the Coastal Bend beyond influencing the lives of students. The university’s program offerings supply employers with workers to make their businesses more productive. The university, its day-to-day and research operations, its construction activities, and the expenditures of its visitors and students support the regional economy through the output and employment generated by regional vendors.
UHV impacts the Coastal Bend beyond influencing the lives of students.
This report assesses the impact of UHV as a whole on the regional economy. To derive results, we rely on a specialized Multi-Regional Social Accounting Matrix (MR-SAM) model to calculate the added income created in the Coastal Bend economy as a result of increased consumer spending and the added knowledge, skills, and abilities of students. Results of the economic impact analysis are broken out according to the following impacts: 1) impact of the university’s spending (including operations, research and construction spending), 2) impact of visitor spending, 3) impact of student spending and 4) impact of alumni who are still employed in the Coastal Bend workforce.
The study uses a wide array of data that are based on several sources, including the FY 2018-19 and projected FY 2028-29 academic and financial reports from UHV; industry and employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau; outputs of Emsi’s impact model and MR-SAM model; and a variety of published materials relating education to social behavior.