Tulane University
has long had a major impact on the economy of New Orleans and the Greater New Orleans area; and in the 10 years since the city and many nearby communities were devastated by the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina, the university has taken on an even greater role. This report assesses Tulane’s role in the changing economy of New Orleans and the Greater New Orleans area – as a major enterprise in its own right, and through its mission of education, research, innovation and business development, health care and community engagement.

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The Impact of Tulane as an Enterprise

With 5,496 employees working at its New Orleans campuses, Tulane is the largest private-sector employer in the City. The University directly accounts for 3.74 percent of all private employment in the City, and 4.75 percent of all private-sector wages and salaries.

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Developing the Region's Human Capital

The number of Tulane graduates who choose to stay in New Orleans after they graduate has increased in recent years. As of the summer of 2013, 15,410 alumni lived in New Orleans, and nearly 30,000 lived in the greater metropolitan area.

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The Impact of University Research

After declining by 17 percent in the year following Hurricane Katrina, research spending at Tulane increased by more than 44 percent in five years, to a high of $171.7 million in 2011.

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Between 2008 and 2012, the number of new patent applications filed by Tulane’s Technology Transfer Office rose by almost 500 percent, from 7 to 41; the number of licensing and option agreements more than quadrupled; and the number of invention disclosures doubled, from 28 to 56.

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Health Care

During fiscal year 2013, Tulane faculty treated more than 24,000 inpatients and handled more than 308,400 outpatient visits at the Tulane Medical Center and other Tulane facilities through the faculty practice plan.

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Building Economy by Serving the Community

In 2006, Tulane became the first major research university in the U.S. to formally require undergraduate students to engage in community service.

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