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National University's Innovative Golf Academy Opens

Carlsbad-based Academy offers unique academic programs, 3-D Swing Lab, and instruction from professional golfers

August 19, 2009

  • Features Swing Lab that renders 3-D animation of golfer’s swing
  • Bachelor’s degree in sports psychology offers holistic approach to golf instruction
  • Academic programs available both on-site and entirely online
  • Professional golfers Dr. Charles “Mac” Powell as Dean and Ted Norby as Director of Instruction

CARLSBAD, CALIF. –  National University, the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California, today announced the opening of the National University Golf Academy, which offers innovative golf programs that combine academics with golf instruction at the high school, associate’s and bachelor’s levels.

The National University Golf Academy also features a Carlsbad-based Swing Lab, which utilizes cutting-edge technology to provide golf swing analysis and instruction to help students and instructors improve their game. Instruction began in September 2009 and enrollment is currently open.

The National University Golf Academy not only offers sports-focused golf degrees but also the opportunity for golfers to improve their core competencies and mental approach to golf. The National University Golf Academy is unique because it offers instruction by professional golfers, access to high-technology and the ability for students to upload and receive video critiques of their swings. The academy’s academic programs follow a holistic approach which focuses on both the physical and psychological components of golf. National University is part of a select group of regionally-accredited universities with the ability to offer an associate’s degree with a concentration in professional golf management as well as a bachelor’s in sport psychology.

The academy is distinguished by its expert academic leadership. Dr. Charles “Mac” Powell, a Class “A” member of the Professional Golfer’s Association, is the dean of the academy. Ted Norby, a former professional golfer who has been an instructor for more than 15 years, serves as the academy’s director of instruction.

The National University Golf Academy’s state-of-the-art Swing Lab at its campus in Carlsbad consists of high-speed cameras and a computer system that renders a three-dimensional animation of a golfer’s swing, employing the same motion-capture software used by the TaylorMade Performance Lab. In an effort to increase the technology available to golf students and instructors in Southern California, the Academy is opening the lab to all students and teachers in the region.

The National University Golf Academy offers a bachelor’s in sport psychology, an associate’s degree with a concentration in professional golf management, and certificates in professional golf management and advanced golf management.

National University’s bachelor’s degree in sport psychology is the only one of its kind in the region that can be completed either onsite or entirely online. Classes began in September and all of the golf programs and certificates at the National University Golf Academy are eligible for financial aid.

For more information about the National University Golf Academy, please contact 1-877-NU-GOLF1 or email golf@nu.edu.

About National University Golf Academy
The National University Golf Academy offers innovative education programs that combine academics with golf at the high school, associate’s and bachelor’s levels. National University Golf Academy utilizes the latest technology and the best educators in the industry to provide onsite and online learning to students across the globe. Graduates of the academy’s programs will be qualified for rewarding careers in the golf industry. Dr. Powell, a Class “A” member of the Professional Golfer’s Association and a professor at National University, is the dean of the academy. To learn more, visit www.nugolfacademy.org.

About National University
Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California with 22,000 full-time students and 119,000 alumni. The flagship institution of the National University System, National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging and relevant to a diverse population of students. Five schools and one college – the College of Letters and Sciences, the School of Business and Management, the School of Education, the School of Engineering and Technology, the School of Health and Human Services, and the School of Media and Communication – offer 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 22 teacher credentials at more than 30 locations throughout California and in Henderson, Nevada. A leader in online education, National University offers more than 60 degree programs via the Internet. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California. To learn more, visit www.nu.edu.

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