April 23, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara golf team has received an Academic Performance Program Public Recognition Award from the NCAA, ranking among the top 10 percent of all Division I golf programs in Academic Progress Rate (APR).
The NCAA annually honors NCAA Division I sports teams with public recognition awards for their latest multiyear NCAA Division I APR. The Gaucho golf program retained or graduated 100 percent of its student-athletes over a four-year period from 2004-2008. Also, over that span, all of the student-athletes must have remained eligible the entire time.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each quarter or semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.
As part of the All Gaucho Reunion, which runs on Friday-Sunday, April 24-27, all former Gaucho athletes are invited to attend a Friday reception from 5:00-9:00 p.m. in the Phil Womble Hall of Champions located in the main lobby area of the Intercollegiate Athletics Building. All who attend will have the opportunity to meet Mark Massari, UCSB's new Director of Athletics. In addition, current Gaucho student-athletes and coaches will be on hand to meet and greet. Children are welcome and, in fact, there will be a supervised children's area with movies and activities planned.
Earlier this year UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity, and social awareness, along with ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.