With declining enrollment and young Americans opting for gainful employment instead of higher education, some administrators have resorted to unsavory tactics to make their institutions more appealing.
Recently, discussions focused on potential disciplinary measures for some law school administrators who ginned-up post-graduation employment numbers. Via W.C. Varones, comes an innovative pitch from a southern California institution:
Cal State San Marcos President Karen C. Haynes finds an unusual selling point for a university:
Eighty-five percent of our alumni stay in the region, contributing their talents to the economic recovery of our cities […]
Haynes did not give the percentage of CSUSM graduates living with their parents and thus contributing to household laundry efforts.
And that is a great point. A recent article in Business Insider notes that recent graduates are moving back in with their parents at record levels:
Student loan debt is rising — now enough to feed every homeless person in the country for 50 years — yet unemployment numbers among college graduates are the highest it’s been in the past 11 years.
It’s becoming the norm for young people to move back in with their parents. In fact, 53 percent of 18-to-24 year olds are living with their parents, and 85 percent of college seniors plan on moving back home after graduation.
The article offers a series of graphics, including this one:
While living in southern California has its charms, most students would welcome a chance to use their pricey degrees to earn enough to purchase their own home…regardless of its distance from their alma mater.
Why Recent Graduates Are Moving Back Home In Droves (Business Insider)