University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman set an ambitious goal for the university during his State of the University address.
“I propose that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln make it a high priority to increase its enrolment by an average of 3% over the next six years. By 2017, we should be a university approaching 30,000 students,” Perlman stated. “To do so would give us the scale and the resources needs to be competitive.”
UNL enrollment hovers around 25,000 students this year.
Perlman outlined university priorities for the coming year in his 12th State of the University address delivered this morning at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.
Perlman used humor to get across his point that UNL students need to complete their education and earn their degree in a normal four-year period.
“The real problem we face is that our students are taking too long to graduate. The term ‘life-long learning’ was not intended to describe an undergraduate education,” Perlman said to laughter from the audience.
Whether students take the traditional four years or a more leisurely six years, more need to graduate, according to Perlman.
“Over the next six years we should increase our six-year graduation rate by an average of at least 1% per year,” according to Perlman. “Our current six-year graduation rate is 64%. If we increased this by 1% per year, by 2017 we would achieve a 70% rate which would put us at the average of our peers and far exceed what is expected of us.”
Perlman concluded the speech by saying he’s more energized and more optimistic now than in any of the years he has been chancellor.