Graduation may still be months away, but it is already a safe bet that few seniors will stay in Rhode Island to begin work. Dan Egan, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island, told The Herald last week that the state retains fewer graduates from Brown than from other Rhode Island colleges and universities, where retention rates are "between 10 and 15 percent." But Bridge, a new program spearheaded by the association and its member institutions, aims to increase these numbers.
Bridge is in its formative stages, and much of the work currently being done involves surveying students to gather data that will guide the program. But Bridge's focus is clear — eliminating the disconnect between Rhode Island's opportunities and attractive features and students, who may scarcely travel off College Hill.
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