2008 Racial and Gender Report Card

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: February 21, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. — The 2008 Racial and Gender Report Card for College Sport showed that NCAA member institutions and their conferences lost ground for both their record for gender hiring practices and hiring practices by race.

In fact, college sport had the lowest grade for racial hiring practices in 2008. This is the final part of the 2008 Report Card and followed the release of the reports on the NBA, WNBA, MLB, NFL and MLS.

The primary problem, regarding racial hiring practices is that whites still dominate key positions. They hold between 88 to 97 percent of all positions in the following categories in Divisions I, II and III: university presidents, athletics directors, head coaches, associate athletics directors, faculty athletics reps, and sports information directors.

They hold 100 percent of the conference commissioner positions in Division I excluding the Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

When all categories were combined, college sport received a:

C+ for race and a B for gender giving it a combined C+ overall. That compared to the 2006- 07 Racial and Gender Report Card when college sport earned a B- for race and B+ for gender.

The 2008 Report Card marked the first time that TIDES calculated conference commissioners into the weighted grades.

When compared to the grades for the professional sports leagues, the C+ for race was last. However , it’s B for gender put it behind the NBA’s B+ and the WNBA’s A+ for gender but better than the other men’s leagues.

The college sport combined grade of C+ was lowest among all the other sports examined in 2008 and was behind the WNBA ( A+ ), NBA ( A ), MLS ( B+ ) and MLB ( B ).

There are tremendous professional opportunities within the NCAA and its member institutions. These opportunities are far beyond what exists at the professional sports level.

An enormous number of professional positions exist at the NCAA’s 1,025 active member institutions, including 120 schools in the FBS, 116 in Division IAA and 91 in Division IAAA. Division II has 281 active member institutions and in Division III has 418.

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