Facing a trend of declining high school graduation rates, Purdue is looking to bolster its student recruitment efforts across the country.
The university has created five new positions to lure more out-of-state students to campus.
They would serve San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta and Chicago.
Dean of Admissions Pam Horne says those areas were selected because of their alumni base and trend for students going to an out of state university.
While the positions would primarily serve the metro regions, travel farther away is likely.
“The person based in Boston won’t be just metro Boston,” Horne says. “New England, New York, those are pretty tiny driving distances. So we would expect the person in Boston to work in Connecticut, for example.”
Horne says the university is not trying to increase the number of out of state students it enrolls.
She says the goal is to maintain the current rate of 35 to 40 percent among undergraduates.
Horne thinks the jobs will attract a lot of applicants, but says it’s a challenging position because of the work schedule.
“You’re sitting in a high school parking lot, waiting for your next appointment,” she says, “and you’re visiting four high schools in a day, and then standing on your feet for three hours at a college fair that night. So they’re strenuous positions, but the work is invigorating.”
Hiring will take place this summer so employees can be in place by August 1.