The University of Nevada's intercollegiate athletic department got the highest score on the Gender Equity Scorecard for the second year in a row (article here). The Gender Equity Scorecard is a measure of an athletic department's compliance with Title IX regulations. The University of Nevada ranked first in the nation among 113 NCAA Division I-A schools from 11 conferences included in the study. The report graded schools in five criteria using data from the 2004-05 academic year, including participation, scholarships, coaching salaries, recruitment budget and operating expenses.
The University of Nevada has steadily increased the opportunities for women to play sports over recent years, now sponsoring 12 women’s varsity sports with more than 280 female student-athletes. One of the factors that made it possible for Nevada to do this? Participating in successful legislative lobbying for gender equity funding and private fundraising to accomplish those goals. Way to go, Wolf Pack!