CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Overall student enrollment in the state’s colleges and universities dropped by 2.8% from fall 2019 to fall 2020, the state Higher Education Policy Commission learned Friday.

Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker

State Higher Education Chancellor Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker said that’s not too bad when you consider the challenges the pandemic has created.

“We had a lot of uncertainties going into this fall semester. Working closely together, our college and university presidents made the decision to bring students back to campus, but in the safest possible way,” Tucker said. “While we saw some enrollment declines, I am encouraged by the fact that so many in-state students are continuing their education. Now, we have to start looking further ahead to help more West Virginians

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