Retention Study of Capital City Graduates

By: Heather Biance Email
By: Heather Biance Email

There is no question that Tallahassee experiences a brain drain every year with college students graduating and moving on to other cities to pursue careers.

Home to two universities and a college, leaders believe retaining these graduates is vital to Tallahassee's plans for growing and developing in a positive and creative way.

In the second year of a study by Leadership Tallahassee, data shows one in four college graduates stay for at least three years after graduation.

There's a real opportunity for Tallahassee, Florida State, FAMU, TCC and the other colleges in our community to begin working together to help build our economy. We've never really taken advantage of that."

The study shows 82% of FAMU graduates and 80% from FSU grads leave the area, while 38% move on after graduating from TCC.

Therefore TCC grad, including transfers to FSU and FAMU currently show the strongest trend of retention post graduation.

The study, which received a grant from the Knight Foundation, shows 27% of those who graduated from TCC, FAMU and FSU between 2004 to 2006 are still living in the Tallahassee area.

15% of those were originally from the Capital City.

For all the study's details, go to:

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  • by rob Location: tally on Aug 12, 2009 at 06:21 AM
    Theres is no reason to stay...unless you plan to go the govt for work. This place would die if either University would move. This was nothing more than a waste of time and money!
  • by ccw Location: inyourface on Aug 12, 2009 at 05:02 AM
    Out of state student's go back home, so do instate student's, and all go where the job's and money are. It's that simple. END of study.
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