Bulls Receive National Praise For Gender Equity

Updated 8/24/2009

Courtesy of Buffalo Sports Information

BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo Division of Athletics has finished fifth nationally in the latest "Gender Equity Scorecard", which is released annually by Penn State York. UB graded out with a score of -14.19 and was one of four Mid-American Conference schools listed in the top six. UB has now made the top 10 in four consecutive years.

"This award is a credit to the commitment that we have made to the development of top-notch women's athletic programs," Director of Athletics Warde Manuel said. " We are gratified to earn an A grade in this study. It would not be possible if not for the hard work of our staff and student-athlete population. Their commitment and devotion to diversity is reflected with this grade."

The Division of Athletics, which in 2007 was recognized by the Women's Sports Foundation as one of four "standout" colleges and universities, is currently thriving in all nine of its women's sports. The UB women's rowing team is coming off back-to-back championships at the Dad Vail Regatta and has recently joined the Colonial Athletic Association as an affiliate member. UB's women's tennis team is just one year removed from its first ever MAC Championship and appearance in the NCAA Tournament. UB's women's swimming and diving teams are continuing to improve and are one of the few teams in the nation to have an APR grade of 1000 every year. The women's basketball team is coming off its best ever finish at the Mid-American Conference Tournament, while UB's softball team had one of its finest seasons since reinstatement in 2000. UB's volleyball and women's soccer teams are continuing to improve under first and second-year coaching staff, respectively. The cross country and track and field teams have also had success sending female athletes in two straight seasons to the NCAA Championships.

The MAC repeated as champion of the Conferences with an average grade of B on the Gender Equity Scorecard. The MAC has now reigned on top for four of the past five athletic/academic years. The MAC had four schools with A's and five with B's.

The 115 colleges included in the study were from the 11 major Division 1-A conferences. They were evaluated according to their degree of commitment to their women's intercollegiate sports programs for the 2006-07 academic/athletic year. The scorecard was based on the criteria utilized by the Chronicle of Higher Education in its study on "gender equity" in 2008, which focuses on participation, recruiting and operating budgets and coaching salaries. All of the statistics were obtained from the Chronicle's study, according to data submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, as required by the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act of 1994.