See How Nebraska Has Led Through the Pandemic
Throughout the pandemic, Nebraska has not wavered on safely delivering access to education. We have led the Big Ten in our level of in-person education, even as our faculty have been incredibly responsive in working with students who were unable to be on campus. We never “shut down” our world-leading research and creative activity, we kept going. We continued to engage, and support, the people of Nebraska during this pandemic.
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[00:00:00.300]The fact is, at UNL, we didn't just persevere;
[00:00:04.800]we have led.
[00:00:05.789](lively piano music)
[00:00:12.250]We did not waiver on safely delivering access to education.
[00:00:16.760]We have led the Big 10 in our level of in-person education.
[00:00:20.740]We never shut down our world-leading research
[00:00:23.150]and creative activity.
[00:00:24.270]We kept going.
[00:00:25.550]We used our ingenuity, creativity, and work ethic
[00:00:28.600]to flexibly respond.
[00:00:30.510]With innovative class offerings,
[00:00:32.140]our summer enrollment increased more than 8%.
[00:00:36.090]This included a new opportunity for incoming freshmen
[00:00:39.570]to get a leg up and take summer courses
[00:00:41.820]through our new Husker Starter Pack.
[00:00:44.480]We expanded our push for access.
[00:00:47.700]Within the NU system, we froze tuition
[00:00:50.620]and expanded the former Collegebound Nebraska program
[00:00:53.370]to the Nebraska Promise, offering a tuition-free education
[00:00:57.560]to any student from Nebraska
[00:00:59.980]with an annual family income of $60,000 or less.
[00:01:04.290]We bucked national and regional trends
[00:01:06.630]of double-digit declines in enrollment.
[00:01:09.360]We saw more Nebraskans, more national students
[00:01:12.860]more first-generation students,
[00:01:14.840]and a record number of underrepresented minority students
[00:01:18.410]matriculate with us here at UNL.
[00:01:20.950]We completed a fall semester that led the Big 10
[00:01:23.980]in the in-person educational opportunities,
[00:01:26.510]while maintaining our focus
[00:01:28.800]on keeping our UNL and Lincoln community safe.
[00:01:32.220]We thought outside the box
[00:01:34.060]and turned spaces like the one I'm speaking to you
[00:01:36.240]from today here at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts
[00:01:41.600]We altered our fall and spring calendars
[00:01:43.700]to mitigate the risk of extended travel,
[00:01:46.100]and that created an opportunity for two three-week sessions
[00:01:50.020]during our new winterim.
[00:01:51.670]We upped our game to help our students be successful
[00:01:56.220]and did so like never before.
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