AUBURN, AL - Tuesday night, Auburn University Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs outlined the four goals and 12 action items for 2016. They are:
Four goals, 12 action items for Auburn Athletics in 2016
- Academics: Our goal is to graduate our student-athletes and prepare them for successful lives and careers.
- Student-athlete experience: Our goal is for Auburn to be the best university for the best athletes in the nation.
- Facilities: Our goal is to build and maintain first-class facilities for Auburn athletes and fans.
- Winning: Our goal is to put our student-athletes in a position to compete for championships.
Action items for 2016
- Our goal is to hire a proven, results-oriented leader as our new Sr. Associate AD for Academic Services. The new Senior Associate AD will be hired and on the job by June 1, 2016.
- Our goal has always been for all of our teams to exceed the NCAA’s minimum Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 930, but we will raise the bar higher in 2016. We will continue to enhance our academic support efforts until all of our teams have an APR of 950 or higher.
- Our goal is for at least 30 percent of our teams to earn public recognition from the NCAA for scoring in the top 10 percent in the nation for APR.
- Our goal is to provide the best sports medicine services anywhere for our student-athletes. We will complete the development of exciting plans to take our outstanding Sports Medicine program to a world-class level.
- Our goal is to provide strong support for our female student-athletes at Auburn Athletics. We will increase the membership of WINGS (Women Inspiring and Nurturing Greatness in Student-Athletes) and host a career mentoring event for female student-athletes in 2016.
- Our goal is to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion at Auburn Athletics. I will be bringing on board a Chief Inclusion Officer to further advance our diversity initiative already under way. This ongoing work will complement the university’s own diversity and inclusion efforts.
- Our goal is to complete in early 2016 a comprehensive Auburn Athletics Facilities Feasibility Study for future needs that is already well under way. The feasibility study includes a potential major renovation to the North End zone of Jordan-Hare Stadium.
- Our goal is to complete a detailed cost estimate for a potential renovation of Jordan-Hare Stadium by the end of the First Quarter of 2016. We will also complete a final budget for the potential stadium renovation by the end of the First Quarter.
- Our goal is to complete a renovation at Auburn Arena for Auburn Volleyball so this emerging team has a permanent home. The project includes a new team locker room, meeting room and coaches’ offices to give our volleyball team the kind of first-class facilities our athletes deserve. This project will be completed prior to the 2016 volleyball season.
- Our goal is to finalize a facilities plan for Auburn Equestrian in 2016 to include coaches’ offices, locker rooms, team meeting space and spectator amenities. If fully funded, the first phase will include construction of the locker room and permanent restrooms.
- Our goal is to complete improvements at Jane B. Moore Field prior to Auburn Softball’s first game of the season. Improvements include new chair-back seats for all grandstand seats, an additional 835 temporary seats and more concessions and restrooms. We will also finalize plans for a new support facility pending funding to include coaches’ offices, a players’ lounge and team meeting space.
- Our goal for 2016 is to continue to support our primary community service cause of ending child hunger in Alabama through our efforts in Lee County. We will do this by continuing to support with student-athlete and staff volunteers the Auburn University Hunger Institute and the food backpacking program for area students.