Razorbacks2012-2013 Arkansas Razorback Annual Report

Razorbacks in Review

Letter from Chancellor G. David Gearhart and Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long

Late in 2007, as colorful leaves blanketed the majestic lawn of Old Main, the University of Arkansas was about to enter a new chapter in the history of our great institution — one that would catapult the university to greater national prominence both in and outside the classroom. At the forefront of this period of transition was a centerpiece of our university community and one of its most visible aspects — intercollegiate athletics.

After many years of fielding two independent and strong athletic programs, the time had come to form a unified and fortified program that served the best interests of our student-athletes, our university and our state. Afforded the opportunity to assume new leadership roles during this pivotal time, we embraced the challenges and opportunities that awaited our university and intercollegiate athletics program.

Just more than five years later, as we pause to review the extraordinary accomplishments of the past year, it is only fitting we also gauge the advancements of our institution and its fully integrated athletics program.

Since 2008, university enrollment has grown by more than 5,300 students — an increase of almost 28 percent. The University of Arkansas has also earned the Carnegie Foundation’s highest research classification making it one of only 108 institutions in the country — and the only school in the state — to hold that distinction.

At the same time, Razorback Athletics has established itself as one of the most successful and respected athletic programs in the country. While enjoying unprecedented athletic success, the program has also set new standards for graduation rates, grade-point averages and community service. And perhaps most notably, in October 2012 after more than 15 years, the University of Arkansas saw its name removed from a list of institutions subject to increased potential NCAA penalties based on compliance history.

As you review the many additional accomplishments included on the pages to come, we hope you take pride in the tremendous progress that has been made. It certainly has been a team effort. And we want to thank you for your support and the difference you are making in the lives of student-athletes.

As Razorback Athletics continues to move forward strategically focused on its mission, it will do so building on the measurable progress it has made in every aspect of the program and looking remarkably different than it did just more than five years ago.

G. David Gearhart Chancellor

Jeff Long Vice Chancellor & Director of Athletics

Razorback Athletics

MISSION: To assist in the development of student-athletes to their fullest potential through intercollegiate athletics

19 SPORT PROGRAMS (11 women’s sports, 8 men’s sports)

  • WOMEN’S SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Gymnastics, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis and Volleyball
  • MEN’S SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field and Tennis
  • STUDENT ATHLETES: Approximately 460 student-athletes

Razorback Athletics Five Year Snapshot

ON JAN. 1, 2008, THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS officially combined its men’s and women’s athletic departments into one unified program. Under the direction of newly hired Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long, the department of intercollegiate athletics initiated a comprehensive process that would eventually transform Razorback Athletics into a multi-faceted program focused on meeting the needs of more than 460 Razorback student-athletes competing in 19 sport programs.

Now just more than five years since that significant milestone, Razorback Athletics has firmly established itself as a nationally respected and successful program flourishing in the most competitive conference in the country. Whether it is on the field, in the classroom or in the community, Razorback student-athletes are doing extraordinary things on the path to graduation.

2007-08 2012-13
Academics
Student-Athlete GPA 2.99 3.09
Student-Athletes 3.0 GPA 182 230
Student-Athlete Graduation Success Rate 68 72
Academic Progress Rate (APR) Program Rate 958.4 974.7
Razorback Graduates 62 94
Athletics
Directors Cup Top 25 Finishes 4 (1993-2007) 5 (2008-13)
Directors Cup Points 696 830
Student-Athlete Development
Community Service Hours 750 (Estimate) 6,532
Economic Impact of Community Service Hours $6,606 $144,629
Financial Resources
Athletic Department Budget $48,678,965 $75,623,750
Ticket Sales $28,645,905 $38,639,217
NCAA/Conference Distributions $12,925,282 $22,168,021
Royalties, Licensing, Sponsorships $2,279,843 $9,733,131
Collegiate Licensing Ranking 19th 10th
Razorback Foundation
Members 10,390 13,000
A Club Membership 950 1,065
Annual Fund $11M $21.1M
Average Gift $1,066 $1,623