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Indiana Brain Drain


The Indiana brain drain continues. 

A recenty study show shows that nearly 93 percent of Purdue graduates leave TippecanoeCounty within a year of finishing school, and just a third of Purdue graduates are working in Indiana five years after graduation. 

Indiana has a higher concentration of production and manufacturing jobs. That means graduates who are seeking employment with their degree might find more opportunities outside the state. 

Purdue shares the burden with the state's other major public institutions. IndianaUniversity's Bloomington campus recorded just an 8.1 percent retention rate for students remaining in the county a year after graduation. BallStateUniversity's retention rate after a year was 8.3 percent. Retention rates are influenced by many factors, including the availability of local employment, there’s also the perception that Indiana’s small towns won't offer the same earning potential as nearby metropolitan areas. 

Retention rates for other Indiana schools were better. 

Purdue Calumet and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, boasted retention rates of 42.1 and 45.7 percent, respectively, after their students' first years out of school. Some critics have said that it wasn’t just jobs but Mid-West conservative values on gay marriage and other matters that played a role in the brain drain.

No matter the reason many groups are trying to figure out how to keep young minds from leaving the state.