The Institute for
Diversity and Ethics in Sport

Dr. Richard Lapchick, Director

Other Publications

Important Change as TIDES Updated its Grading Scale for the Racial and Gender Report Cards

NCAA Graduation Rates

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport has conducted studies on the racial and gender makeup of creative directors responsible for the advertising spots aired during the Super Bowl as well as the content of those ads. The first two reports were compiled at the request of the Madison Avenue Project, a partnership between the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Mehri & Skalet, PLLC, since then the report has been done independently. 

The Racial and Gender Report Card

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport has always issued the grades in our Racial and Gender Report Cards in relation to overall patterns in society. Federal affirmative action policies suggest the workplace should reflect the percentages of various groups in the population. The change in the nation’s demographics has been dramatic with the most recent census making all people of color and minorities closer to 35 percent of the total population.

Recognizing that change, The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport has updated our grading scale to better reflect current demographics. To be fair in transition to the organizations and sports we examine in the Racial and Gender Report Cards, we decided to increase the standards in two steps.  The following chart shows the new scale we are using for race and gender.  To get an A for race, the category now needs to have 30 percent people of color and to get an A for gender, 45 percent is necessary. We began using this new scale with our 2016 College Sport report that was released in April 2017 and will use it for all Racial and Gender Report Cards going forward.

Complete Racial and Gender Report Card grading scale:


Race
Gender
A+> 30A+> 45
A29~30A45
A-25~28.5A-42~44
B+20~24.5B+39~41.5
B17~19.5B38
B-16B-35~37.5
C+15C+32~34.5
C14C31
C-13C-28~30.5
D+12D+25~27.5
D11D24
F< 11F<24


Click on a specific sport/league for access to every Racial and Gender Report Card published since the early 2000's. The Complete Racial and Gender Report Card is a compilation of all reports published in a particular year. 

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport releases its “Keeping Score When It Counts" series periodically. It documents comprehensive analysis of statistics involving the graduation rates of Division I collegiate athletic teams in selected sports.

The Racial and Gender Report Card (RGRC) is the definitive assessment of hiring practices of women and people of color in most of the leading professional and amateur sports and sporting organizations in the United States. The report considers the composition – assessed by racial and gender makeup – of players, coaches and front office/athletic department employees in our country’s leading sports organizations, including the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), as well as in collegiate athletics departments.