Football vs. Ohio State
Ronnie Green talks about the long road to reach game one of the 2020 Husker football game and the extensive planning and coordination that has been in place to successfully engage in on-campus, in-person classes and experiences. He also talks highlights of the semester so far, including enrollment, rankings and patent-earning innovation.
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[00:00:00.490]Welcome back it's "Countdown to Kickoff",
[00:00:02.040]Husker is ready to kick off this 2020 season
[00:00:04.470]against the Ohio state Buckeyes,
[00:00:05.905]and as we do each and every week,
[00:00:07.860]during the football season,
[00:00:09.130]a chance to get caught up with the Chancellor
[00:00:11.280]of the university of Nebraska, Lincoln, Ronnie Green.
[00:00:13.740]And Chancellor here we are,
[00:00:15.200]we have made it after months of uncertainty.
[00:00:18.197]We're gonna have a football game today,
[00:00:19.820]how do you feel about all this?
[00:00:22.880]Well, it's kinda phenomenal
[00:00:23.930]to get to this day, Greg, you know,
[00:00:27.620]all of the water that has gone under the bridge
[00:00:30.126]to get us here and there's been a lot of it,
[00:00:33.370]or it feels like there's been a lot of it.
[00:00:35.960]Just thrilled for our student athletes
[00:00:37.856]and for our fans to be able to kick off the season.
[00:00:42.980]It feels like we should be halfway through by now,
[00:00:46.770]in one sense of the word, but kicking it off
[00:00:49.090]and kicking it off into kind of a special way here with,
[00:00:52.840]in the big house in Columbus with the Buckeyes.
[00:00:57.070]And as you know, we kinda shared some sentiments together
[00:01:00.680]through that water going under the bridge
[00:01:03.480]over the last few months.
[00:01:04.700]So Ohio State and Nebraska became very good friends
[00:01:07.940]during the last several months.
[00:01:10.004]I've kidded a lot of folks that my new best friend
[00:01:13.532]is Christina Johnson,
[00:01:15.080]the president of Ohio state university.
[00:01:17.050]And she and I are celebrating together today,
[00:01:19.720]the opportunity for our teams to be playing on one another
[00:01:23.055]and to get the season off to a start.
[00:01:25.370]So it's a big day for Huskers everywhere,
[00:01:27.720]and like everybody listening, I'm ready to,
[00:01:30.770]ready and anxious for that kickoff, perhaps.
[00:01:33.450]No doubt, all right, well,
[00:01:34.750]the football season had to be adjusted.
[00:01:36.570]You had to do an awful lot of work on campus
[00:01:38.840]just to get this fall semester up and running.
[00:01:41.087]You're 10 weeks, unbelievably 10 weeks now into classes.
[00:01:45.534]Give us an update, how has it gone on campus here this fall?
[00:01:50.190]Well, extraordinary times that we're living in, obviously,
[00:01:53.800]and as we thought about the need
[00:01:56.500]for having our students back on campus,
[00:01:59.240]going all the way back to April last spring,
[00:02:02.220]we started talking about how important it would be
[00:02:05.780]for us to be able to have students on campus
[00:02:08.720]and have them in it in whatever way we could,
[00:02:12.240]relationally for them to be learning together
[00:02:15.580]and being on campus, so as you said,
[00:02:17.650]we just finished our 10th week of the fall term,
[00:02:21.940]four weeks yet to go in classes that lay ahead of us here.
[00:02:27.350]So we're excited about how it has gone,
[00:02:30.580]our faculty, and our staff,
[00:02:31.970]and our students have worked really, really hard
[00:02:34.790]to be committed to one another,
[00:02:36.500]to protect one another and be safe
[00:02:38.600]in this time that we're experiencing with COVID-19
[00:02:42.170]and it's gone really, really well.
[00:02:44.120]To be at a position of having for the seventh year in a row,
[00:02:48.770]over 25,000 students on campus
[00:02:51.510]at the university of Nebraska, Lincoln.
[00:02:53.380]We're very excited about that,
[00:02:55.070]especially in the times that we're in.
[00:02:59.370]We have also been very pleased
[00:03:02.137]that we have not hit community spread or outbreaks of COVID
[00:03:07.040]on our campus, that we've not been able
[00:03:08.930]to mitigate and contain for the safety of the community.
[00:03:12.847]No academic transmission, no classroom transmission
[00:03:17.470]of COVID-19 during these past 10 weeks,
[00:03:20.337]and I'm just really proud of our community.
[00:03:24.600]Greg, you know, that they took the Cornhusker commitment
[00:03:28.160]coming in, that they would do their part
[00:03:31.220]and that they would practice all of the best practices
[00:03:34.613]to protect one another, and we've seen that happen,
[00:03:38.210]and seeing people do that.
[00:03:40.460]So we know from wearing face masks,
[00:03:42.490]and personal protective equipment,
[00:03:44.230]and social distancing of all of our classes
[00:03:46.750]and all of our activities, good personal hygiene,
[00:03:50.475]getting tested, we just are really proud of our community
[00:03:55.180]and how it's gone for this semester.
[00:03:57.520]And looking forward to a good four weeks ahead
[00:04:00.120]as our students work toward
[00:04:01.580]that Thanksgiving completion of fall term, 2020.
[00:04:04.990]Absolutely, again, visiting with the Chancellor
[00:04:06.546]for the university of Nebraska, Lincoln,
[00:04:08.030]Ronnie green here on "Countdown to Kickoff"
[00:04:10.196]on the Husker Sports Network.
[00:04:12.074]Besides managing COVID-19, I know there's been
[00:04:15.440]a lot of other exciting things that have been happening
[00:04:17.569]on campus through the first 10 weeks.
[00:04:19.412]Can you give us an update on some,
[00:04:21.450]or give us some of the highlights of some of those things.
[00:04:23.490]Yeah Greg, besides having students on campus,
[00:04:27.160]as I was talking about earlier, that the most exciting thing
[00:04:29.690]about the fall as it is that,
[00:04:31.890]and being able to be together and be on campus.
[00:04:34.785]As I mentioned, our enrollment, we were very pleased
[00:04:39.193]that our enrollment held very strong for the university
[00:04:42.987]and the whole system was up in enrollment
[00:04:46.180]on the Lincoln campus, the flagship campus,
[00:04:48.510]we were up in Nebraska students,
[00:04:51.110]up in non-resident US students from outside of Nebraska,
[00:04:56.190]non-resident domestic students.
[00:04:59.350]We did see some decline in our international enrollment,
[00:05:02.300]but not nearly what we anticipated,
[00:05:05.160]given the constraints around international travel
[00:05:08.754]and with safety around COVID-19.
[00:05:11.310]So very pleased with our enrollment.
[00:05:15.119]We've had 25,000, almost 200 students
[00:05:18.170]on campus this semester.
[00:05:20.100]And if you look around the country and look around us,
[00:05:22.880]that was extraordinary.
[00:05:25.330]Our neighbors in Iowa down almost nine to 10%
[00:05:28.970]in enrollment at Iowa state and the university of Iowa,
[00:05:31.861]other States around us, the similar kind of thing.
[00:05:34.880]So we're just tremendously excited about how that has gone.
[00:05:39.210]Our first-generation students are up
[00:05:41.900]at about another 3% this year.
[00:05:44.370]So we continue to see growth and that access
[00:05:47.480]for our students to the university.
[00:05:50.180]Our underrepresented minority students
[00:05:52.340]at an all time record grew by almost 6%
[00:05:56.270]in our enrollment this year,
[00:05:57.700]we're very, very pleased to see that.
[00:05:59.540]And in our freshmen class,
[00:06:01.650]our underrepresented minority enrollment
[00:06:04.020]up 11 1/2%,
[00:06:06.270]over our previous record last year.
[00:06:08.755]So very, very pleased with enrollment.
[00:06:13.470]The US news and world report rankings
[00:06:15.590]for universities came out just a couple of weeks ago,
[00:06:18.181]and we were very pleased to be the only institution in the
[00:06:21.863]big ten that showed improvement in our peer assessment score
[00:06:25.601]in back-to-back years.
[00:06:27.210]So two years now in a row that UNL
[00:06:30.160]has seen that score go up, placing us in the top 25%
[00:06:34.740]of national universities in that metrics.
[00:06:37.970]So we're very, very pleased about that.
[00:06:40.170]Also ranked the very best in value
[00:06:43.239]and in support of veterans as well.
[00:06:46.410]So pleased with the rankings and the prestige
[00:06:49.149]that the university continues to grow.
[00:06:51.950]And then on the research side, you know,
[00:06:54.170]COVID-19, hasn't slowed us down any,
[00:06:56.438]we've worked really hard
[00:06:58.064]to maintain and keep our research operations going
[00:07:01.610]during these past seven months and have been successful
[00:07:04.990]in doing that with our faculty and our students.
[00:07:07.636]And recently for the third year in a row consecutively,
[00:07:12.646]we were in the top 100 institutions or across the world
[00:07:17.135]in terms of patents in earning US patents and innovations
[00:07:22.350]that are moving into the marketplace.
[00:07:24.060]44 for the university of Nebraska, 35 of those are from UNL,
[00:07:29.722]from the flagship campus within the university system.
[00:07:34.030]So lots of good things happening,
[00:07:35.683]we continue to see the campus grow,
[00:07:37.870]our engineering buildings are going up,
[00:07:39.580]and we're very excited about that,
[00:07:41.070]other facilities being finished on campus,
[00:07:43.237]and by the way our bowling team just moved
[00:07:45.789]into its new home in the East Union.
[00:07:48.958]We've cut the ribbon, all that new facility
[00:07:51.670]for our world-class bowling team in Husker athletics
[00:07:55.940]just about a week and a half ago.
[00:07:57.380]So lots of good things happening,
[00:07:59.190]but it's most of all wonderful
[00:08:01.420]to have our students on campus this fall.
[00:08:04.530]Fantastic, great update,
[00:08:05.960]the campus has never looked better,
[00:08:07.460]the leaves have been gorgeous the last couple of weeks.
[00:08:09.560]And as always Chancellor, fantastic to catch up with you
[00:08:12.730]and give us an update on the university,
[00:08:15.280]and we're looking forward to doing that each and every week
[00:08:17.270]for the next couple of months, let's get this thing going.
[00:08:19.157]Yep, and looking forward to a great game today.
[00:08:22.717]I know it's exciting for our players to be able
[00:08:25.520]to be to this point and to put their hard work out there.
[00:08:30.310]I'm looking forward to a great game up in Columbus.
[00:08:34.360]And like I said, you know, with our friends,
[00:08:36.536]our new best friends
[00:08:38.040]from Ohio state university, the Buckeyes.
[00:08:40.510]Fantastic, Ronnie green with us here
[00:08:42.130]on "Countdown to Kickoff".
[00:08:43.360]Matt Cody is up next with a look at the "Big 10 Blitz".
[00:08:46.180]That's straight ahead.
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