Most states experience "brain drain," where college-educated students leave the state immediately after finishing their education. For Iowa, however, the situation is more frustrating, as the state has no problems attracting college students, but struggles keeping them after graduation.
Nationally, Iowa is in the top five states in terms of importing college students, and ranks No. 1 in the Midwest for the category, according to statistics included in the Generation Iowa Commission's December 2008 status report. After graduation, however, Iowa's loss of educated people is the nation's fourth worst, behind Florida, Pennsylvania and Arizona.
I included the first paragraph just so you could bear witness to the newspaper brain drain in Iowa. It's an editorial. I read it five times and I still have no idea what his point is.
The explanation for the "exodus" is a lack of "high-paying positions in their field of study after graduation." In Iowa, wages are relatively low even when controlling for cost of living. There appears to be a lot of slack in labor demand. Iowa simply can't absorb all those graduates. The brain drain isn't the problem. It is just a symptom.