BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- Following extensive-renovations to expand the academic-support offerings for student-athletes, the Kegley Center for Student Success was officially opened on Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh.

The facility, which was relocated from a nearby smaller space, now includes over 7,000-square-feet of study and tutoring areas, computer labs and academic support resources for CSUB student-athletes. The facility, the cornerstone of the NCAA Accelerated Academic Success Program Grant awarded to CSUB, was funded by both the grant and the philanthropy of CSUB professor of philosophy and former faculty athletics representative Dr. Jacquelyn Kegley.

The event attracted a large audience of campus and community members and featured official proclamations from local lawmakers including Congressmen Kevin McCarthy and David Valadao, State Senator Jean Fuller, along with State Assemblymen Vince Fong and Rudy Salas. Dr. Kegley was also recognized with appreciation awards from the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, North of the River Chamber of Commerce, Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Association.

Mayor Goh, participating in her first ribbon-cutting ceremony since being sworn in as mayor on Jan. 3, also presented Dr. Kegley and University President Dr. Horace Mitchell with special recognition from the Mayor’s office. Goh was flanked by members from the University as well as former Bakersfield Mayor and longtime CSUB Roadrunners supporter Harvey Hall.

This was the first phase of the Kegley Center for Student-Success to be opened. There are plans to continue expansion of the facility to include more tutoring room space as well as offices for additional athletics staff. Fundraising efforts for phases two and three is currently underway.

Thanks to the addition of the Kegley Center for Student-Success over the last three years, the academic profile of CSUB Athletics has increased. The cumulative grade-point-average for student-athletes has been over a 3.0 for the last four terms while graduation success and rates are at all-time highs.

About The NCAA AASP Grant

In July 2015, the NCAA awarded CSU Bakersfield with the Accelerated Academic Success Program (AASP) Grant to help support CSUB Athletics’ continued efforts to enrich their academic-enhancement programs and student-athlete graduation initiatives. It is the largest grant ever received by CSUB Athletics.

The three-year award of AASP funding is distributed by the NCAA who has awarded more than $4 million in grants to nine Division I schools to support academic programs that help student-athletes earn their degrees. The goal is to support the school’s efforts to meet the requirements of the Division I Academic Performance Program, which was developed to ensure schools provide an environment that supports education while enhancing the ability of student-athletes to earn a degree.

The comprehensive grant is used to fund increased academic support services staffing and space; technology upgrades; career planning; professional development; and increased availability of summer financial aid for student-athletes.