UNO sees record growth, but readies for cuts
By KVNO News
October 6th, 2010
By Angel Martin
Despite gloomy economic times, the University of Nebraska at Omaha is still seeing overall growth. In fact, for the fall 2010 semester, UNO enrollment increased to pass a record-breaking 10,000 undergraduate students. UNO now serves over 15,500 students in total, both undergraduate and graduate. During his annual State of the University address, UNO Chancellor John Christensen said thereâ€™s also been an increase in minority and international student enrollment at UNO.
â€œWe realized record minority enrollment, which now stands at more than 14%,â€ Christensen said. â€œCouple that with international students now representing 119 countries, this brings the campus diversity to approximately 19%.â€
Christensen said the campus is building capacity, with the addition and remodeling of several buildings at its Dodge and Pacific locations. But, he also acknowledged the need for the University to cut costs. He didnâ€™t provide specifics, but said UNOâ€™s academic and business offices are working together to find ways the system can increase efficiencies, enhance revenue and cut spending.
â€œThe University is also reviewing state statutes and mandates to identify possible elimination or modification of those [programs] that contribute to duplications of effort,” he said. “Or, [programs that] have a counter-productive financial or management impact on the University.â€
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