Football interview - Oregon
Ronnie Green discusses the university's record enrollment exceeding 26,000 students, the extensive alumni network around the world and strong representation at the game and in Portland, and the competitive landscape in student recruitment.
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[00:00:01.775]Greg Sharpe back with you.
[00:00:02.608]Countdown to Kickoff, Huskers and Ducks
[00:00:04.514]getting ready for a 3:35 central,
[00:00:06.683]1:35 pacific time game here in Eugene.
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[00:00:17.006]And each and every week during Countdown to Kickoff
[00:00:18.760]we have the pleasure of sitting down
[00:00:19.872]with University of Nebraska-Lincoln
[00:00:21.038]Chancellor Ronnie Green.
[00:00:22.435]Great to see ya out in the great Pacific Northwest
[00:00:25.888]with a bunch of our friends here, how bout this?
[00:00:28.989]Oh it's unbelievable Greg.
[00:00:30.434]You know, we are in a sea of red here in Eugene
[00:00:33.877]and in Portland earlier, the last couple of days.
[00:00:37.207]Thousands and thousands of Husker nation
[00:00:39.700]have showed up for us to support our Huskers
[00:00:42.339]and it's a great day in Eugene.
[00:00:44.023]Fantastic, well we talk all the time
[00:00:46.073]with the football team, Ronnie,
[00:00:47.647]about the sellout streak and so proud of that
[00:00:50.351]and how much this football team is followed by our fan base.
[00:00:54.268]You follow numbers as well, enrollment numbers
[00:00:57.258]and those came in this week.
[00:00:59.244]What can you tell us?
[00:01:00.801]Well you know we have that 355 up on Memorial Stadium
[00:01:04.701]of the consecutive sellouts
[00:01:06.027]and sometimes we don't even put that in perspective.
[00:01:09.353]That started the year after I was born.
[00:01:12.920]So 55 years of consecutive sellouts
[00:01:16.068]and we got some really great numbers this week.
[00:01:19.364]We released our enrollment data
[00:01:21.088]for the current academic year for the university
[00:01:24.118]and once again we are so fortunate that we broke
[00:01:27.692]our all-time enrollment record for the
[00:01:30.380]University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
[00:01:32.263]Just over 26,000 students, 26,079 to be exact.
[00:01:38.726]Last year we were up about 640 students.
[00:01:41.269]This year we're up another couple of hundred
[00:01:43.257]beyond that previous record.
[00:01:45.142]Up in Nebraska students, up in non-resident students,
[00:01:48.618]up in graduate students, up across the board.
[00:01:51.457]Most diverse freshman class we've ever had
[00:01:54.080]and the largest freshman class in our history
[00:01:56.810]at just over 4,900 new first-time freshmen.
[00:02:00.217]That doesn't happen with the wave of a wand.
[00:02:02.189]I know you have recruiters out there constantly
[00:02:04.634]pounding the pavement to try to get students interested
[00:02:07.270]in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
[00:02:08.402]A lot of people go into get those number where they are.
[00:02:10.878]Oh, absolutely and it's a much more
[00:02:14.013]You know, higher ed is in a very competitive
[00:02:15.943]kinda transformational time.
[00:02:17.956]For us to be up this year, especially I'd say this year
[00:02:21.273]in enrollment is an indication of the quality
[00:02:23.474]of the university, of the excellence of our faculty,
[00:02:26.586]of the programs and the momentum
[00:02:28.203]that the university is experiencing.
[00:02:29.973]We've now experienced over this past decade,
[00:02:34.352]so if you go back to 2007,
[00:02:36.793]UNL's enrollment is now up 11% over what it was at that time
[00:02:40.734]and we're expecting to see that continue to trend up
[00:02:43.565]now in the years ahead of us.
[00:02:45.419]Well increased enrollment means more alumni.
[00:02:48.560]When they get done with their school time
[00:02:50.401]and we're out here in a big alumni trip this weekend,
[00:02:53.096]what are you hearing from some of the alumni?
[00:02:55.142]Well you know we were at the game event in Portland
[00:02:58.311]last night with the Nebraska alumni association.
[00:03:00.777]We're here at Husker Huddle today with a huge crowd.
[00:03:04.701]We have alumni spread all over the world,
[00:03:07.020]now over 196,000 living alumni of our university
[00:03:11.495]and a lot of Huskers everywhere, right.
[00:03:14.458]So we have 70 alumni chapters spread around the world
[00:03:18.227]and in four countries around the world
[00:03:20.789]and we have a number of those represented here.
[00:03:23.535]The Oregonians for Nebraska have done a great job
[00:03:26.597]in hosting all the Huskers here this week.
[00:03:29.635]Last night we were with them
[00:03:31.151]and they couldn't be more excited about having
[00:03:33.303]all of their friends from around Husker nation here.
[00:03:36.502]And in the surrounding states.
[00:03:37.881]We've got a lot of Californians here.
[00:03:39.280]We've got a lot of Washington folks here,
[00:03:40.953]a lot of Idaho folks, Nevada folks.
[00:03:43.482]So excited to see them and excited to hear from them
[00:03:47.556]about the successes that they've had
[00:03:49.910]and the success that our alumni around the world
[00:03:52.662]are representing in the impacts that they're making
[00:03:54.987]in their careers and in their lives.
[00:03:57.901]Well again, congratulations on the enrollment numbers.
[00:04:00.211]I know you can't rest on it, you have to keep
[00:04:02.871]constantly going out there
[00:04:04.015]because you don't want to ever go backwards
[00:04:05.855]and it's just a yearly thing.
[00:04:08.260]I was kinda reminiscing the other day with Amber Williams,
[00:04:11.605]who's our admissions director
[00:04:13.272]and has been a large person behind the scenes
[00:04:15.833]of these enrollment increases we've experienced
[00:04:17.497]and she was telling me that compared to
[00:04:21.045]say 15 years ago when most of the students
[00:04:24.344]that we coming to the university were applying
[00:04:26.387]to one or two institutions, now over 1/3 of the students
[00:04:30.172]that come to us are applying to seven or more institutions
[00:04:34.029]and looking at where they're gonna go to school.
[00:04:35.727]So really, as I said before, a competitive landscape
[00:04:38.339]and for us to continue to attract and build
[00:04:40.868]these big, very excellent classes
[00:04:43.488]is an indication that the University of Nebraska
[00:04:45.564]is in the middle of everywhere and everything,
[00:04:47.941]as I like to say, in what we're doing.
[00:04:50.118]Fantastic, well have you got food,
[00:04:52.085]you got fuel for this game,
[00:04:53.151]you ready, you fired up for this?
[00:04:54.594]I think I'm fired up and ready
[00:04:56.668]and as you know, Husker Jane, my wife,
[00:04:59.147]she's got a good feeling.
[00:05:01.758]But she started getting worried about 12 hours ago.
[00:05:04.308]Did she sleep much last night?
[00:05:06.461]She didn't sleep much last night, but that's normal
[00:05:09.498]and so it's game day and we're ready to go.
[00:05:11.641]So go Big Red.
[00:05:12.560]Alright, good to see you Ronnie.
[00:05:13.782]Ronnie Green, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
[00:05:15.264]Chancellor with us here on our Countdown to Kickoff show.
[00:05:17.640]We're at the Husker Huddle at the PK Stadium,
[00:05:20.227]the baseball park which is right next to Autzen Stadium.
[00:05:22.331]We're gonna be headed over there,
[00:05:23.496]here in just a couple of minutes.
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