California Cutting Its Women's Lacrosse Program

Another result of the new plan is that Cal Athletics will be far more capable of caring for the needs of its student-athletes. Today, compared to its Pac-10 peers, the department ranks 8th in strength and conditioning, 7th in sports medicine and 10th in total staff, per student-athlete.

"Once we have implemented all of the changes, Cal Athletics will be among the leaders in the conference, in terms of our ability to provide all that our student-athletes need to succeed and excel on and off the field," said Barbour. "This will have a very significant impact that I believe will usher in a new era of excellence for our program."

Top-ranked program, student-athletes

Cal Athletics is one of only three schools to have finished among the top 10 in the Directors' Cup each of the past five years, signifying its standard as one of the most accomplished athletic programs in the country. The rankings are based on national finishes in NCAA-sponsored sports.

UC Berkeley student-athletes achieved an 80 percent graduation success rate in the most recent data released by the NCAA, their highest figure since the national organization began compiling such information. The rate includes student-athletes who began their UC Berkeley careers as freshmen or as incoming transfers on athletic aid and is based on a six-year window for graduating.

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