SEMO is an engine for economic growth throughout all Missouri through economic engagement efforts, workforce development initiatives, spending practices, arts and cultural events, and its NCAA Division-I athletics program.

Southeast Missouri State University creates a nearly $1 billion impact on the business community and generates a return on investment to its major stakeholder groups—students, taxpayers, and society. The University supports a variety of industries in Missouri, serves state businesses, and benefits society as a whole in Missouri from an expanded economy and improved quality of life. Additionally, the benefits created by SEMO extend to the state and local government through increased tax revenues and public sector savings. Using a two-pronged approach that involves an economic impact analysis and an investment analysis, this study calculates the benefits received by each of these groups. Results of the analysis reflect fiscal year (FY) 2019-20.

The Economic Value of Southeast Missouri State University to the State of Missouri 

 

Economic Impact Analysis

Alumni Impact

SEMO alumni and the businesses that they work for add $770.6 million of added income to the Missouri economy. That is enough to support 11,180 jobs.

Operations Impact

SEMO operations spending adds $107.9 million to the Missouri economy. That is enough to support 1,552 jobs.

Student Spending Impact

SEMO student spending adds $14.5 million to the Missouri economy. That is enough to support 332 jobs.

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Students

Students gain $7.50 in lifetime earnings. In comparison to other University Economic Impact Studies SEMO is above the max amount.

Taxpayers

Taxpayers gain $2.10 in added tax revenue and public sector savings

Society

Society gains $10.00 in added income and social savings.

Investment Analysis

"The average bachelor's degree graduate from SEMO will see an increase in earnings of $28,900 each year compared to someone with a high school diploma working in Missouri."

Emsi Economic Value Report

The average bachelor's degree graduate from SEMO will see an increase in earnings of $28,900 each year compared to someone with a high school diploma working in Missouri.

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Economic and Workforce Development