NSU Provides $171 Million in Annual
Economic Impact to the Hampton
NSU is the largest Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in Virginia and one of the largest HBCUs in the country. In the fall of 2011, NSU’s enrollment of 7,091 students included 6,264 undergraduate students and 827 graduate students. NSU has a total work force of 1,091 people, including 263 full-time faculty members, 688 administrators and full-time staff members, and 140 part-time employees.
NSU offers a wide range of educational programs, including 30 bachelor’s degrees, 2 associate’s degrees, 16 master’s degrees and 3 doctoral degrees. The University comprises eight divisions: the College of Liberal Arts; the College of Science, Engineering and Technology; the School of Business; the School of Education; the Honors College; the Graduate School; the School of Extended Learning; and the Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work.
The Economic and Community Impact Study focused on the following four components:
Total Economic Impact
Earnings of Graduates
Total Economic Impact
In FY2012, NSU’s budgetary expenditures totaled $129 million, including capital and operating expenditures. In addition, NSU students spent $32 million on housing, transportation, books, and various personal items. The total spending associated with NSU resulted in an increase in economic output of $248 million in the Hampton Roads Region. Measured in terms of local economic value-added, NSU’s total economic impact on the Hampton Roads Region was
$171 million in FY2012.
NSU directly employs 1,091 employees. In addition, the University indirectly supported
2,459 jobs and $116 million in labor income in the Hampton Roads Region.
Economic activities related to NSU created a total tax impact of $32 million in the Hampton Roads Region. This included $24 million in federal taxes and $8 million in state and local taxes.
NSU’s Contribution to the Life-Time Earnings of its Graduates
NSU contributes to the local community by helping its graduates obtain better paying employment over the course of their lives than they might otherwise have been able to do. According to the 2010 American Community Survey results, a university education is associated with an approximate increase in life-time earnings of $310,040 for an associate degree holder, $1,003,000 for a bachelor degree holder, and $905,880 for a graduate or professional degree holder, assuming each graduated student works 40 years after graduation. For the cohort of 1,033 students who graduated in 2011, NSU contributes $960 million to their life-time earnings.
Other Social and Economic Impact
There are a number of centers, programs, and organizations affiliated with NSU that generate additional social and economic impact on the local community. The populations served by these centers, programs and affiliates are varied. The population served include returning students, private industry, low-income community members, entrepreneurs, seniors, and disadvantaged youth. Most of these centers, programs, and organizations fall under the umbrella of economic development. Some examples include:
- NSU Micro- and Nano-Technology Center
- NSU Creative Gaming and Simulation Lab
- NSU Ernest M. Hodge Institute for Entrepreneurship
- NSU Research & Innovation Foundation
- NSU Virginia Beach Higher Education Center
- Brambleton Community Outreach Center
- WoMen’s Economic Development Center
- NSU Science and Technology Education Preparation
for High School Juniors and Seniors
- Center for Materials Research
Micro- and Nano-Technology Center
Micro- and Nano-Technology Center (MiNaC) Cleanroom is a 6,000-square-foot cleanroom facility that provides unique processing capabilities in the production of microelectronics and optoelectronics devices on the micro- and nano-scale. The MiNaC comprises NSU’s most robust research facility, and extends the on-campus research capabilities into fabrication and development of optical and microelectronics devices for a wide range of applications, including bio-chemical sensing, renewable energy, and neural probes. MiNac is available on a user-fee basis to industry and governmental users from the Hampton Roads Region and beyond. It is the first facility of its kind at one of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
The NSU Ernest M. Hodge Institute for Entrepreneurship
The NSU Ernest M. Hodge Institute for Entrepreneurship is a campus-wide Institute. The goal of the Institute is to promote entrepreneurial education and the practice of entrepreneurship. The Institute, originally founded as the Ernest M. Hodge Center for Entrepreneurship, was conceived and funded beginning in 2005 by NSU alumnus Ernest M. Hodge, owner of one of the largest Black-owned businesses in the United States. Institute resources are available to assist alumni and community members as they seek to translate their ideas or technologies into viable commercial ventures.
Center for Materials Research
Norfolk State University’s Center for Materials Research (CMR) conducts cutting-edge research in state-of-the-art facilities in the McDemmond Center for Applied Research. CMR faculty members are nationally and internationally renowned researchers dedicated to furthering knowledge in their respective disciplines. Their core research focuses on problems of fundamental and practical importance in cutting-edge materials for telecommunications technologies, laser materials and optical computing; polymers for solar energy applications;
and synthesis of several types of nanomaterials for medical, environmental,
and energy applications.
Current and Upcoming Renovations
Classroom and Nursing Building
The new Classroom and Nursing building’s location on the NSU campus will further establish the new academic quadrangle anchored by the new Lyman Beecher Brooks Library on one end and the recently opened Student Center on the other. The new 140,286-square-foot facility has a total project cost of $45,269,968 and will feature more than 32 classrooms, five computer labs, 20 group study rooms and 10 nursing and medical technology labs. Also included are 68 faculty and staff offices, three conference rooms, several lounges, a cafe and a new IT help desk. The nursing labs will have 48 beds with 18 of those used for simulation. The simulation area beds will be wired to a dedicated clinical skills observation control room. The classroom and nursing building will include a robust technology infrastructure for student access and state-of-the-art classrooms including five classrooms with virtual teleconferencing capabilities.
The University's master plan calls for the development of the physical plant to accommodate an 8,000 student enrollment. Plans include creating a campus with a defined edge that will provide a much-needed sense of arrival using a gateway aesthetic. Additionally, the campus master plan will address functional zoning areas, develop space allocation, reallocate parking for greater efficiency, establish priorities for existing and future campus buildings, and will provide directional definition for future expansion and potential land acquisitions.
New Entry Gate 1: View from Park Avenue
A proposed entry site plan has been developed with an estimated construction cost of $750,000. The new, elegant campus entrance calls for the creation of a sense of place for all who enter the gates of NSU, giving credence to the motto: Behold, the Green and Gold. The clean, expansive design will employ an overarching gateway that will buffer the internal campus environment from the busy main artery. The entry from Park Avenue will allow those who travel this road to view the proposed campus visitors center through two elegantly designed brick pillars as they pass.
For more information, including a Technical Report
please contact Kim Luckes
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Norfolk State University
700 Park Avenue, Suite 510
Norfolk, Virginia 23504
Phone: (757) 823-2886