College Sports Programs See Grades for Racial and Gender Hiring Rise

March 4, 2011

The 2010 College Racial and Gender Report Card, released Thursday by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida, gave college athletics a “B” for both its racial and gender hiring practices. The raw scores for both these hiring practices, as determined by Central Florida researchers, increased notably from the previous iteration of the study, in 2008. Accounting for some of the improvement, Richard Lapchick, principal author of the study and director of the Institute, notes in the executive summary that there have been many “well publicized” minority hires to head football coaching positions, in particular. Still, he argues there is much more room for improvement in other athletics positions. For example, all of the conference commissioners of Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) conferences are white men. Also, only 8.3 percent of Division I athletics directors are women.

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