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PA colleges finances could feel immigrant restrictions; On Being host Krista Tippett

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 27, 2017 4:12 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, February 28, 2017:

The number of in-state students enrolled at five of Pennsylvania's major research universities plus the 14 universities that constitute the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education dropped by 5% between the 2012 and 2016 fall semesters.

At the same time, the number of international students increased by 34% to 31,000.

It's one of the reasons colleges and universities opposed President Trump's temporary restrictions on travel from seven mostly Muslim countries earlier this month.

As the Allentown Morning Call reported this week, academic freedom certainly was one factor why the institutions came out in opposition to the executive order but the schools also would suffer financially with fewer foreign-born students enrolled.

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Morning Call Contact reporter Steve Esack

Morning Call Contact reporter Steve Esack investigated the story and appears on Tuesday's Smart Talk.

Also, Krista Tippett is a best-selling author and Peabody Award winning broadcaster, who host the program "On Being" which can heard every Sunday morning on WITF-89.5 and 93.3 FM.  The program is described as it examines what it calls the "animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?  Ms. Tippett speaks at Lancaster Mennonite School this Saturday, March 4th  at 7. 

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Krista Tippett

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On immigration ban:

- Please remind listeners that while foreign born students are expected to pay their full tuition. However, US students are probably looking at high college debt payments. 

I would imagine that most US born engineering students will pursue a graduate degree online or through evening/weekend classes.  Three member of my family received their masters in engineering that way.                                                                                                                  - Leigh-Ann, Landisvile

For Krista Tippett:

- I am not a religious person, but I enjoy her program so much!  Thank you for helping us learn about ourselves.                                                                                         - Pinky

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