The annual report card, outlying the progress, efforts and successes of the department's "blueprint" for the future, will continue to be issued by Tharp, with the support of his coaches and staff, who commits to supporting the principles of the Arizona Accord, which outlines the essential elements of character-building and ethics in sports are embodied in six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship.
Since the first update, released in April, the Buffs have made their greatest strides in their education, winning and facilities visions while continually gaining ground in its culture vision.
In the EDUCATION VISION which states that it will recruit, educate, retain and graduate nationally competitive student-athletes, Colorado graduated 79 percent of its eligible athletes in '02. The state has approved the hiring of a Life Skills position, which will aid in the retention of student-athletes, provide personal development programs and coordinate career development. The grade point average of the football team improved to a B- (2.51) average, while the grade point average of the entire department reached an all-time high 2.85 with 40 percent carrying a 3.00 or greater cumulative gpa.
CU's student-athletes will experience and understand the educational value of being an athletic champion by being a member of a team that consistently competes for the highest possible athletic honors and while representing the ideals of sportsmanship in CU's WINNING VISION. As a department, CU finished 18th nationally in the Sears Cup, it's highest finish ever. Eleven of 17 teams finished among the top-20 on the heels of men's cross country claiming the department's 19th national championship, football winning its first-ever Big 12 title, women's basketball advancing to the Elite Eight and skiing taking runner-up honors at it's NCAA Championship.
It's most visible part of Athletics 2010, Colorado's FACILITIES VISION, aims to provide facilities for our programs to recruit, educate, train and compete at the highest national levels without adversely impacting the institution's academic priorities. Its $41 million Folsom Field Expansion Project, with 41 suites and 1,903 club seats, is on schedule for completion for the '03 home opener vs. UCLA Sept. 6. Colorado is in the process of evaluating scoreboard options in the Coors Events/Conference Center as well as evaluating the possibility of adding a speed-strength and conditioning center to the same building as a result of a fundraising gift. Our facilities continue to be available for campus and community sharing.
As an integral part of the CULTURE VISION we are committed to the intellectual, physical, and social development as well as the general well being of each student-athlete and continue to create an environment where student-athletes, University faculty and staff and all of our customers are respected and valued. Following CU's recent NCAA investigation, its already existing rules education has taken an even greater emphasis. Forty-seven professional exempt positions are at, or above, the 25th percentile salary.
The report will be issued to University constituents, friends of both the University and the athletic department including, but not limited to, donors, corporate partners, ticket holders, fans and the media.