TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Just 53% of high school graduates from the class of 2020 pursued higher education beyond high school.

That’s according to data from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The Commission met Thursday at Indiana State University.

How to address a decline in the college-going rate was among the topics discussed. That rate refers to how many high school graduates go to college.

Commissioner Chris Lowery says the college-going rate has seen a nationwide decline and that it was made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We of course, while acknowledging that, are really paying attention to Indiana,” said Lowery. “That’s where our concern really exists and as we look at different sets of data it is clear to us that it’s an all-hands effort that’s going to be required to address this.”

The commission also discussed how higher education is funded in Indiana.