Indiana 'brain drain' draws concerns at Purdue

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Data gathered by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education shows nearly 93 percent of PurdueUniversity graduates leave Tippecanoe County within a year of finishing school

Also, just a third of Purdue graduates are working in Indiana five years after graduation.

The Journal & Courier reports the migration of young college graduates from Indiana is a pattern that economic development experts, employers and politicians are working to reverse.

Purdue shares the burden with the state's other major public institutions. Indiana University's Bloomington campus recorded just an 8 percent retention rate for students remaining in Monroe County a year after graduation. Ball State University's retention rate was slightly higher.

Purdue Center for Career Opportunities Director Timothy Luzader says retention rates are influenced by many factors, including the availability of local employment.

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