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Data on grads looks good for Stark

Data on grads looks good for Stark

By Anonymous
Posted Aug 31, 2013 @ 12:00 PM
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The issue: Brain drain
Our view: Vast majority pursues higher ed in region, sending strong, positive message

If you think that large numbers of Stark County’s high school graduates are fanning out across the country to get a college education, think again.

Some are, of course. But according to a tracking system maintained by the National
Student Clearinghouse, a surprising 87 percent of college-bound grads stay in Stark
County or go only as far away as Summit or Portage counties.

This is hugely important information for everyone in Stark County who is working to put the brakes on “brain drain,” the exodus of educated young people to other regions and states for higher education and jobs.

Here are the percentages, according to the Stark Education Partnership, which has used a grant to make the tracking data available to all area school districts:

• Stark County graduates who enroll at Kent State University’s main or Stark campus:
30 percent

• Stark State College: 23 percent

• University of Akron: 20 percent

• Malone University, University of Mount Union and Walsh University: 14 percent

• Ohio State University: 9 percent

If you did the math, you may have been surprised again by the bottom line: Only 4 percent of Stark County graduates go anywhere other than these eight campuses.

The fact that most students — apparently not eager to loosen their ties to home any sooner than necessary — stay in the region or in Ohio for their higher education is a plus for Stark County.

It says to us that if more jobs can be created here, this will remain a desirable place for young people to live, work, raise families and contribute to their communities.

And it says that Stark County has a strong marketing tool to attract college-bound students from outside the region to local universities. One message in this data to these young people is this: Stark County has so much to offer, most of your peers are staying put.

The issue: Brain drain
Our view: Vast majority pursues higher ed in region, sending strong, positive message

If you think that large numbers of Stark County’s high school graduates are fanning out across the country to get a college education, think again.

Some are, of course. But according to a tracking system maintained by the National
Student Clearinghouse, a surprising 87 percent of college-bound grads stay in Stark
County or go only as far away as Summit or Portage counties.

This is hugely important information for everyone in Stark County who is working to put the brakes on “brain drain,” the exodus of educated young people to other regions and states for higher education and jobs.

Here are the percentages, according to the Stark Education Partnership, which has used a grant to make the tracking data available to all area school districts:

• Stark County graduates who enroll at Kent State University’s main or Stark campus:
30 percent

• Stark State College: 23 percent

• University of Akron: 20 percent

• Malone University, University of Mount Union and Walsh University: 14 percent

• Ohio State University: 9 percent

If you did the math, you may have been surprised again by the bottom line: Only 4 percent of Stark County graduates go anywhere other than these eight campuses.

The fact that most students — apparently not eager to loosen their ties to home any sooner than necessary — stay in the region or in Ohio for their higher education is a plus for Stark County.

It says to us that if more jobs can be created here, this will remain a desirable place for young people to live, work, raise families and contribute to their communities.

And it says that Stark County has a strong marketing tool to attract college-bound students from outside the region to local universities. One message in this data to these young people is this: Stark County has so much to offer, most of your peers are staying put.


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