In our continuing treatment of students as commodities, let's look at South Dakota's import-export ratio for college freshmen. According to a report on the Board of Regents' agenda next week, we're actually in the black:
South Dakota may be shifting more costs onto students' shoulders, but local students are staying and out-state students are coming in larger numbers.
In the hepta-state region, South Dakota has the third-best student import-export number:
|State||Net Freshmen Import-Export||Full-time first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate, Fall 2012 (IPEDS)||Ratio of freshman imports to first-time enrollers Fall 2012|
Minnesota is the only state losing freshmen. According to the SDBOR report, Minnesota provides the biggest boost to our freshman import-export ratio, supplying 52% of our surplus:
Now if we could just get those freshman imports to stick around after graduation, we'd really be cooking. According to the graduate-placement report Regents will study alongside their freshman-import report, 73.0% of South Dakota-raised graduates and 32.9% of out-state imports stuck around to work or do graduate school in South Dakota. That's slight improvement in both numbers from three years ago. However, the 629 imports gained don't make up for the 1,054 South Dakota graduates lost.
p.s.: Minnesota loses a net 674 to South Dakota. The new SDBOR dashboard on freshman import-export ratios tells me that Minnesota loses a net 2,037 to North Dakota.