Failing Grades

November 10, 2017

This year's report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport gave top-level colleges in the Football Bowl Subdivision poor grades for diversity: a D+ for racial hiring, an F for gender hiring, and a D+ for gender and race hiring in leadership positions.

According to The Philadelphia Tribune, Richard Lapchick, director of the University of Central Florida-based institute, was the primary author for the report. He said the schools in the study were nowhere near meeting standards for diversity in new hires.

“If these were the grades of a college student, they’d either be expelled or suspended,” Lapchick said.

Out of the 395 campus leadership jobs included in the study, whites hold 86.6 percent of them this year, compared to 87.9 percent last year. Lapchick said this indicated a lack of improvement, which he believed could be fixed by requiring schools to interview minorities and women.

“From my point of view, the only way it’s going to change is to mandate a diverse hiring pool,” Lapchick said.

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