University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green emphasizes smart growth in his State of the University Address.
Green says he wants to increase enrollment by 35 percent in nine years.
Other goals include doubling of research expenditures to $600 million per year and increasing diversity of students and faculty.
“We already are a global leader in many ways. We’re going to become an ever more leader in higher education as we move forward. I could not be more excited about what we see lying ahead,” Green told students, faculty, and staff.
Among the goals are increasing first-year retention rates from the current 83 percent to 90 percent and to move from the current graduation rate of 67 percent in six years to more than 80 percent in four years.
Green says UNL will emphasize student and faculty success in areas of excellence, including plant sciences, early childhood development, and food security.
“We have a responsibility to lead and we have a responsibility to move to higher levels” for the betterment of the university system, the state and the nation, he said.
During his State of the University address, Green also emphasized the university’s mission to attract and serve more students and to meet the state’s workforce and economic needs.
He added that he will launch a new strategic plan in the coming year.
Green was named Nebraska’s 20th chancellor earlier this year.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.