A Race and Gender Scorecard for College Sports

July 30, 2014

At a time when colleges (and their athletics programs) are under heightened scrutiny about their alleged mistreatment of female students, women remain significantly underrepresented in leadership positions in college sports programs, and in some ways are losing ground, according to an annual assessment by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports. The report by the University of Central Florida institute gave the National Collegiate Athletic Association and its member colleges a slightly better grade on racial diversity in 2013-14 than they received the previous year, but scored them lower on gender equity. Among other statistics, all 11 leaders of the Football Bowl Subdivision conferences were white men, and men represented more than 90 percent of the athletics directors and almost 90 percent of the associate athletics directors in Division I.

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