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Colleges and universities experience decline in student enrollments

Also on the program: Circle of Truth exhibition connects 49 artists over nine years

Students walk on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa, on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.

 Gene J. Puskar / AP Photo

Students walk on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa, on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.

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Enrollment in area colleges and universities began declining gradually over the past few years, but the pandemic has exacerbated the problem significantly.

Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that student enrollments are down more than 600,000 from a year ago; the greatest decline in more than a decade.

What is behind the drop and will schools ever be able to make up the student loss? Appearing on Smart Talk Friday to discuss their efforts to reverse the enrollment trend are Stephanie Jirard, J.D., Assistant Provost for Graduate Studies, Shippensburg University, Rob Springall, Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Education and Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Penn State University, and Daniel Green, D.M.A., Vice President Enrollment Management, York College of Pennsylvania.

‘Circle of Truth’ connects 49 artists work in one project

We all see the world differently. Artists in particular bring their unique vision to every piece they create.

A current exhibition in the main gallery of the Susquehanna Art Museum, titled “Circle of Truth: 49 Paintings Ending with Ed Ruscha,” is a representation of just how differently everyone observes our world.

Launched in 2009 by curators Laura Hipke and Shane Guffogg the exhibition was completed in 2016 and is on display though September 19.

Artist Shane Guffogg appears on Smart Talk Friday, along with Alice Anne Schwab, Executive Director of the Susquehanna Art Museum to provide details about the exhibition’s unique creative process.

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