Contact Us

NJ Students Being Poached by Other States [AUDIO]

The New Jersey brain drain continues at a staggering rate.

College Students
Flickr User velkr0

A shocking number of high school graduates from the Garden State pack up and head elsewhere to attend college.

New Jersey’s high tuition plays a role, but other states are actually making a concerted effort to poach our best and brightest.

“Thirty-five thousand students every year leave the state of New Jersey to pursue higher education elsewhere,” says Montclair State University president Dr. Susan Cole. “Only about 5,500 come into the state so that’s a net out-migration of 29,500. That is an astonishingly large number as a net out-migration and there is not another state in the nation that looks like that.”

Cole says that utilizing public-private partnerships is helping, as well as allowing colleges and universities to bond for capital construction.

Out-Migration Issue Based on Cost

She also explains that institutions of higher education are expanding programs that have the highest student demand. Cole feels the state has to do everything it can because other states are poaching our students.

“The out-migration issue is also in part based on cost,” says Cole. “A lot of the surrounding states make it their business to recruit New Jersey students and to adjust their costs for New Jersey students and since our public tuitions are so high they adjust their out-of-state tuitions to make it more attractive for New Jersey students to leave the state.”

What can New Jersey colleges and universities do about the high tuition rates? Unfortunately, not much can be done, according to Cole.

“Bottom line, higher education is expensive and we’ll never get away from that no matter how much we reform and innovate,” says Cole. “It is an expensive proposition. It’s worth the money I would argue, but it is expensive.”

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

NEXT STORY: College Loan Debt Affecting Life Choices

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wobm.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 92.7 WOBM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on 92.7 WOBM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!