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Losing Ohio's Future: Why College Graduates Flee the Buckeye State and What Might Be Done about It.

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The Thomas B. Fordham Institute became interested in Ohio's human-talent issues via its work to improve public education. Fordham wanted answers to two related questions: what would it take to excite, attract, and retain more top college students to work in Ohio, and what else would it take to draw them into the field of education? To seek answers, Fordham enlisted the expert assistance of the nonpartisan FDR Group, a respected survey research firm led by veteran public opinion analysts Steve Farkas and Ann Duffett. Fordham commissioned them to develop a survey tool that could gauge the attitudes of the state's top college students about their views of Ohio as a place to live, work, and invest themselves after graduation. In response, Farkas and Duffett surveyed more than 800 sophomores, juniors, and seniors attending seven of Ohio's top colleges and universities (Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University, Miami University, Oberlin College, Ohio State University, Ohio University, and the University of Dayton). This paper conveys their major findings. The most alarming is that a solid majority (58 percent) plan to leave Ohio in the first few years after finishing college. This survey both quantifies the challenges facing the state in retaining more of its best and brightest and provides important insights into young people's attitudes toward policies, programs, and actions that could make a difference in their post-graduation plans. A complete methodology and final survey results are appended. (Contains 16 endnotes.)

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Publication:ERIC: Reports
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Geographic Code:1U3OH
Date:Jun 1, 2009
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