April 07, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A new report says racial and gender hiring practices in college sports have improved slightly from a year ago but still lag behind those in professional sports.

The annual report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport was released Thursday. It reveals that hiring for women made a slight improvement in 2015, while hiring for minorities took a marginal step backward from 2014.

The combined overall grade for college sports in 2015 was a B with 81.2 points, up slightly from 81.1 points in 2014. The score for racial hiring in 2015 was a B with 83.6 points, a slight drop from 83.8 points a year earlier. Gender hiring, however, made a small jump from 73.8 points in 2014 to 78.8 in 2015 for a C-plus.

Report author Richard Lapchick is encouraged that the numbers have improved but says much more needs to be done.

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