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Greater Houston HUB

Over the past 20 years, Houston's higher education institutions have significantly increased capacity and graduation rates. Institutions, in partnership with business, have maintained a regional focus on developing tomorrow's workforce through education of and preparation for high-demand careers. The momentum must continue in order to build a regional workforce to support a strong, diverse 21st century economy.

Developing Houston as a Center of Academic Excellence Aligned with a 21st Century Economy

The Greater Houston HUB is an initiative that unites higher education and business leaders focused on: 

  • Growing Houston’s current and future talent by creating a sustainable partnership between industry and higher education institutions
  • Supporting the growth of Houston’s higher education ecosystem by increasing student enrollment, student quality, degrees awarded and available funding sources
  • Improving perception of Houston as an innovation hub through the talent and research produced by the region’s higher education institutions

The Greater Houston HUB is committed to increased strategic collaboration between industry and higher education institutions to sustain the region’s prolonged academic and economic growth.  

Higher Education Institutions

The Houston region is home to more than 20 universities and colleges, including three Tier 1 universities. Houston-area colleges and universities educate nearly 230,000 students and graduate more than 56,000 students annually. In addition, another estimated 200,000 students are enrolled annually in local community and technical colleges. 

Local Universities

Institution

Texas A&M University-College Station

Undergraduate enrollment: 50,707

University of Houston

Undergraduate enrollment: 36,092

Sam Houston State University

Undergraduate enrollment: 18,416

University of Houston-Downtown

Undergraduate enrollment: 12,079

Lamar University

Undergraduate enrollment: 9,129

Prairie View A&M University

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,974

Texas Southern University

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,967

University of Houston-Clear Lake

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,798

UT Health Science Center-Houston

Graduate enrollment: 4,533

Rice University

Undergraduate enrollment: 3,970

University of Houston-Victoria, Katy Campus

Undergraduate enrollment: 3,317

UT Medical Branch-Galveston

Graduate enrollment: 2,569

Houston Baptist University

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,316

Texas A&M Health Science Center

Graduate enrollment: 2,295

University of Phoenix-Texas

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,256

University of St. Thomas

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,864

Texas A&M University at Galveston

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,848

Baylor College of Medicine

Graduate enrollment: 1,577

UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,577

Art Institute of Houston

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,364

South Texas College of Law Houston

Graduate enrollment: 980

Community Colleges

Institution

Lone Star College System

Undergraduate enrollment: 69,452

Houston Community College

Undergraduate enrollment: 49,782

San Jacinto Community College District

Undergraduate enrollment: 35,455

Blinn College District

Undergraduate enrollment: 18,465

Lee College

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,717

Wharton County Junior College

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,050

Alvin Community College

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,709

College of the Mainland Community College District

Undergraduate enrollment: 4,328

Brazosport College

Undergraduate enrollment: 4,229

Lamar Institute of Technology

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,983

Galveston College

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,197

Texas State Technical College-Fort Bend

Undergraduate enrollment: 412

Bold Goals for Higher Education

The Greater Houston HUB has bold goals for bolstering Houston's higher education ecosystem. Here's how success will be measured: 

  • Increasing bachelor degree production
  • Growing high value, high growth tech degree production
  • Closing the funding gap between Houston and TX MSAs
  • Boosting Houston's attractiveness and reputation by adding recognized faculty by National Academies and growing the number of alumni from top Texas higher education institutions moving to Houston
Working with the Partnership and business community...is going to be important to helping our institutions develop more capacity and expertise to engage those looking for new career opportunities.
Greater Houston HUB Members

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The result is a strategic, market-driven plan that updates and raises the bar of the state’s 60x30 Texas plan to educate, graduate, and better prepare a broader scope of students and workers to meet the new economy’s current and projected workforce and skill-based demands. “The Talent Strong Texas plan give us a much clearer vision that’s aligned with what we heard from our employers, what we heard from Texans what they need from our colleges and universities,” Keller said. “Part of what’s ambitious about the Texas plan that you don’t see in any other state right now is this idea that we need a plan that’s market driven.” Through the new plan, the state: Expands its age target from learners and workers (ages 25 to 34 years old) to include all working-age Texans (ages 25 to 64 years old); Sets a target for 95 percent of students to graduate with no undergraduate or manageable levels of debt; and  Places emphasis on educational attainment beyond traditional degrees – associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees – to also include short-term workforce credentials, micro-credentials, and other workforce-aligned, “credentials of value.” “In this context what we mean [is] of value to individuals if we look at the typical earnings that are associated with those credentials in our Texas labor market, even accounting for the cost of earning those credentials,” Keller said. These credentials must have a currency, too, in that an employer would recognize that the holder possessed specific sets of skills. In this way, they would translate into value for both the holder and an employer. “We would say these credentials are ‘of value’ because Texas employers value them,” he said. Education institutions across the state will need to leverage data around student progression and industry wages to improve this alignment between educational and workforce needs, he said. In the plan, the state also sets forth new goals around research, development, and innovation to keep the state competitive and to renew its commitment to equity. Ninety-five percent of the state’s population growth in the last decade was seen in communities of color, yet statewide, Black and Hispanic adults lag far behind white adults in educational attainment. Texas cannot reach its goals if they are not advanced equitably to make sure all residents have the opportunity to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from the state’s economy, he said. In his remarks, Keller noted the emergence of non-credit workforce programs that are stackable with for-credit and other credentialing programs and acknowledged the importance of education and employers working together to align convertible programs and credentials.  “That’s really hard work to do well, and it requires close partnership with the employers to understand the career trajectories, to understand with the skills look like. But the payoff for the employers, the payoff for students is really transformative,” Keller said. Work-based learning, apprenticeship programs, and internships are among the best and most cost-effective ways to ensure this alignment, he said, adding that these opportunities need not be limited to large employers. 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