Greetings Fellow Alumni and Friends:
As an alumna of Texas Southern University I could not be prouder of the University's accomplishments. Each year, as we welcome new students to Texas Southern University we are reminded of the legacy left behind by alumni. More than 27% of all African American pharmacists in the U.S. graduated from TSU, the second-largest producer of pharmacists; 17 % of all Houston Independent School District Teachers and administrators hold degrees from TSU; and 43% of newly licensed African American attorneys from Texas graduated from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in the last five years. For many of us, our days at TSU were some of the best experiences of our lives. And now, our involvement as alumni is critical to the success of the University. Without our efforts the University cannot thrive.
Texas Southern University has been ranked 649th in Forbes magazine’s list of America’s Top Colleges for 2013. TSU is ranked 264th among research universities and 194th among schools in the South. Affordable Colleges Online has ranked Texas Southern as 30th out of 49 Texas universities with the greatest lifetime return on investment. In Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine’s Top 100, TSU is ranked 36th in undergraduate programs, 40th in master’s programs, 5th for doctoral programs, 15th for Hispanic doctoral programs, and 17th for all minority doctoral degrees.
Texas Southern University was chosen as one of only 42 sites nationwide to house to the prestigious Confucius Institute aimed at developing academic and cultural programs related to Chinese language and cultures for our students. The partnership TSU has established with the Chinese government and Beijing Jiaotong University will open the global marketplace for our students, faculty, alumni and the community. The University is also on solid financial ground as evidenced by Moody’s decision to increase Texas Southern’s Bond Ratings another 2 points for a third time – making this the fifth increase in three years. Also, Texas Southern University’s Board of Regents recently approved and released plans for a $41.5 million, 215,000 square foot Resident Housing Complex – an 800 bed freshmen facility scheduled to be completed by Fall 2015.
The students who attend Texas Southern University depend on the support of alumni. Without the participation of alumni mentoring students and assisting with fundraising and scholarship initiatives, the students and university cannot succeed. I encourage you to re-establish your commitment to our students and to Texas Southern University through your continued interest. As alumni it is not only our responsibility, but our duty to give back.
As one of the nation’s largest HBCUs, in the fourth largest city in the U.S., and one of the fastest-growing and forward-moving cities in the world, Texas Southern University has embarked on a historic transformation to move the institution into the foreground of major urban-serving universities.
Alumni - I encourage you to save the dates for our 2014 Homecoming October 19-25, 2014.
To update your contact information, please fill out this form. Alumni and friends—I look forward to your continued support of Texas Southern University.
Connie L. Cochran, '90
Executive Director of Alumni Relations & Special