According to the South Dakota Board of Regents, there is a common mis-conception that we lose a majority of students to colleges in other states.
But according to a recent report from the board this state actually draws more colleges students from out of state than it loses to other states.
Take a look at these numbers: using the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education, the Board of Regents found in 2008, more than 2,100 freshman at South Dakota colleges were from out of state, while only a little more than 1,500students left to go to school out of state. It all adds up to a net gain of about 570 college students.
We spoke with Rob Oliver, the President of Augustana College about this anti-brain drain in South Dakota. He says it's a trend they notice at his school as well. According to Oliver 60% of Augie students are from out of state.
He says most of those students come from within a 100 mile radius of Sioux Falls. Oliver says one attractive aspect of Augie to out of state students is likely the location, because it is so close to other states, they can get away from home without being too far.
Oliver says once students wind up here in South Dakota, many stay because of good communities and career opportunities, which he says is something to be proud of, saying, "the majority of our students come from out of state and the majority of our graduates stay here, so, in that regard, we are a net importer of intellectual capital to the state of South Dakota."
Oliver says many Augie students who go on to graduate school choose to stay in South Dakota too, whether they continue at Augie, or go to another school like SDSU or USD. Oliver says there are many schools statewide that have a lot to offer students from both in and out of state.