Indiana ‘brain drain’ draws concerns at universities

In a few weeks, Ashley Robbins will join thousands of Purdue University students in graduation ceremonies. But unlike most of those wrapping up their studies on the West Lafayette campus, Robbins will start her professional career nearby, the Indiana Business Journal reports. Robbins plans to start work this fall at Find8 Digital, a Lafayette media marketing company where she excelled as an intern. “It was mid-February or early March when they first expressed interest in wanting me to stay on,” Robbins said. “I was surprised and ecstatic, because I didn’t think they would want to hire on an intern.” The professional writing student is bucking a widespread trend. Nearly 93 percent of Purdue graduates leave Tippecanoe County within a year of finishing school, according to data gathered by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

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