The chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has
called for his institution to grow and get stronger during his first State of the University address.
Chancellor Ronnie Green complimented and challenged the university during his one-hour presentation to about 600 faculty members, staffers and students Thursday. He also set lofty goals for improving enrollment, diversity, research, retention and other factors by 2025.
Green said he’d like there to be 35,000 students at the university, up from the current enrollment of nearly 26,000. He wants 20 percent of the student population to be underrepresented minorities, up from the current 14.3 percent.
Green said he wants the university’s first-year retention rate to increase from 83 percent to 90 percent.
He also aims to increase total research expenditures to $600 million, up from $285 million in 2015.