The University of Nebraska's investment in students is paying a dividend. Enrollment used to be shrinking; now it's growing across all campuses. A legislative directive to recruit more top students from out of state has been successful. Enrollment of international students is up. Specific to Nebraska's demographics, Latino enrollment has grown by 82 percent in the last decade. A strategy to recruit more of Nebraska's best and brightest students is working: We are closing in on our goal of enrolling 50 percent of the state's top high school seniors. ACT scores have improved across the university. But we have more to do.
In Nebraska, more than a third of high school students never go on to college.
In Nebraska, more than a third of high school students never go on to college; many cite costs as the reason. One of the highest priorities in the Campaign for Nebraska then, is to make sure the state's public university is accessible by increasing private support for the tuition-assistance program, Collegebound Nebraska. Once enrolled, these students have the academic and social safety net provided by programs like the privately funded Thompson Scholars Learning Communities. In addition, honors programs and merit scholarships are a high priority in the Campaign for Nebraska.
Keeping Nebraska as a competitive choice for our best and brightest students, who can attend any school in the country, is key to our economic future.