Football interview - Penn State
Ronnie Green discusses the record-high student-athlete graduation success rate and the football programs' rate ranking second-best in the Big Ten Conference. Green also talks about a significant increase in the number of faculty earning national awards as a result of strategic efforts to grow the university.
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[00:00:02.683]Welcome back, Countdown to kickoff
[00:00:03.996]here on the Huskers Sports Network,
[00:00:05.087]Greg Sharp with you from Happy Valley, Beaver Stadium.
[00:00:07.361]Huskers and Penn State Nittany Lions.
[00:00:09.793]A little over an hour away from kicking this game off.
[00:00:11.771]They've started the 90 minute clock.
[00:00:13.102]We've got, ah, 80 minutes left
[00:00:14.600]before kickoff for this game here today.
[00:00:17.121]We like to sit down with University of Nebraska-Lincoln
[00:00:19.913]Chancellor Ronnie Green each and every week
[00:00:21.567]during our pregame coverage.
[00:00:23.244]Chancellor's back in Lincoln.
[00:00:24.622]Great to have you with us here today.
[00:00:26.004]We're here in Happy Valley.
[00:00:26.940]I love to always get your thoughts about member schools
[00:00:29.833]in the Big Ten conference and certainly
[00:00:32.328]this is out in western Pennsylvania, ag country.
[00:00:34.945]It's a land grant institution as well,
[00:00:36.950]but it's got a great reputation,
[00:00:38.397]doesn't it, Chancellor, around the country?
[00:00:41.533]It sure does, State College is a special place.
[00:00:44.837]I've been there many times, and I stayed there
[00:00:49.080]when I was an undergraduate student a number of times
[00:00:52.318]when I was in Virginia, and they have
[00:00:54.124]great dairy store ice cream.
[00:00:58.380]It sure does.
[00:00:59.340]I was hopin to try to get by that ice cream store,
[00:01:01.115]but the trip did not allow me enough time
[00:01:03.237]to go by and do that here today.
[00:01:05.231]Well, when people talk about the University,
[00:01:07.933]it's not uncommon that they will be mention that
[00:01:10.858]we, meaning Nebraska, leads the nation
[00:01:12.834]in the number of academic all-Americans.
[00:01:15.402]It's something everybody on campus,
[00:01:17.351]across the state of Nebraska, certainly are proud of.
[00:01:19.853]Last week the athletic department announced
[00:01:21.240]a related achievement, that graduation success rates
[00:01:23.987]are at an all-time high this year.
[00:01:26.588]Tell us what that means for the University.
[00:01:30.072]Well, you know, our student athletes
[00:01:32.154]continue to be among the nation's very best
[00:01:34.577]in the classroom, you know, that academic all-American
[00:01:36.925]record that we hold speaks to that.
[00:01:41.623]We really, truly support each of our student athletes
[00:01:45.004]in ways that you just don't find anywhere else
[00:01:47.885]in the country, and you see that across the board,
[00:01:51.230]really in all of our sports.
[00:01:53.603]Particularly impressive, six of our Husker teams
[00:01:56.887]have a perfect 100 graduation success rate.
[00:02:00.175]That includes women's basketball, women's gymnastics,
[00:02:03.305]softball, volleyball, women's tennis, and men's tennis.
[00:02:07.060]And then even more impressive, Greg,
[00:02:09.024]and exceptional, is the fact that
[00:02:10.432]in each of the 13 years that that rate has been computed
[00:02:14.419]by the NCAA, that our women's basketball,
[00:02:17.525]women's tennis, and volleyball programs
[00:02:19.651]have all achieved that perfect 100 score,
[00:02:22.215]so that's pretty impressive.
[00:02:23.929]Really remarkable achievement,
[00:02:26.134]fantastic thing that we're very proud of,
[00:02:28.626]and we always want to be continuing to pursue
[00:02:31.757]that exceptional level of excellence
[00:02:34.315]in our student athletes.
[00:02:36.945]And again, you mentioned a lot of the Husker teams.
[00:02:39.283]How about the Husker football team?
[00:02:40.545]I know it has a strong graduation success rate.
[00:02:43.570]How did they compare to their fellow Big Ten members
[00:02:46.513]and some schools across the country?
[00:02:49.303]Well, we're also proud of
[00:02:50.634]our football team's GSR as we call it, grad success rate.
[00:02:54.403]It's the second best currently in the Big Ten Conference.
[00:02:57.763]The only school that we trail is Northwestern,
[00:03:00.107]one of the prominent schools in the conference
[00:03:04.283]Our football GSR is nine percentage points
[00:03:07.541]above the national average for FBS,
[00:03:10.598]Football Bowl Subdivision, programs
[00:03:14.292]across the country, and amongst all of the
[00:03:17.152]public universities and colleges across the US,
[00:03:20.987]our football program is the third best GSR
[00:03:24.710]amongst all of the power five conference schools.
[00:03:27.644]So we're really proud of all of our student athletes
[00:03:30.878]and even I'm proud of our football folks as well
[00:03:33.979]for the way that they achieve in the classroom.
[00:03:36.763]We are visiting with University of Nebraska,
[00:03:38.424]Lincoln chancellor Ronnie Green here
[00:03:39.986]on Countdown to Kickoff on the Huskers Sports Network.
[00:03:42.833]Well, the University announced some other good news
[00:03:44.994]in academic achievement recently,
[00:03:47.051]related to faculty earning some national awards.
[00:03:49.785]What can you tell us about that?
[00:03:52.574]Well, Greg, we are very proud of our faculty,
[00:03:55.383]obviously, on the campus at one of the
[00:03:57.743]leading universities in the country.
[00:04:00.335]And our faculty receive lots of awards
[00:04:03.622]across all of the areas of study that we have,
[00:04:06.149]but a number of those are very high-level,
[00:04:08.663]prestigious, what are called National Research Council
[00:04:11.695]level recognized awards.
[00:04:14.255]If you look at, over the last period of
[00:04:17.580]six, seven years time, in 2011, across the campus
[00:04:22.326]we earned seven of those National Research Council
[00:04:25.177]recognized awards from our faculty.
[00:04:27.712]This past year we earned 23, so a big increase
[00:04:32.209]in that level of national stature
[00:04:35.409]that our faculty are achieving.
[00:04:38.887]It's been an intentional effort on our part.
[00:04:41.717]Back six years ago we decided that
[00:04:43.880]the University wanted to grow in order to
[00:04:46.486]meet the future needs of our state
[00:04:48.439]and we recognized that one of those strategies
[00:04:51.156]was growing the stature of our faculty
[00:04:54.038]and national recognition.
[00:04:55.455]So we, you know, we couldn't be more pleased about that
[00:04:58.060]and pleased about the level of our faculty
[00:05:01.982]and what they're achieving every day
[00:05:03.502]with our students and for the state of Nebraska
[00:05:07.878]Fantastic information as always.
[00:05:09.772]Chancellor, great to have you with us in the pregame.
[00:05:11.808]Wish you were here with us, but we certainly understand
[00:05:13.408]you have a lot of business to take care of
[00:05:14.867]back in Lincoln.
[00:05:16.030]Happy Thanksgiving to you and the Green family.
[00:05:18.152]We'll see you back in Memorial Stadium next Friday.
[00:05:21.695]I'm looking forward to it, Greg.
[00:05:22.991]Go Big Red.
[00:05:23.824]Have a good game today.
[00:05:24.857]UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green
[00:05:26.621]with us here on Countdown to Kickoff.
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