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07-24-2007

Clarkson Third Among Colleges and Universities in New York State on Gender Equity in Athletics

Clarkson University was third among 21 colleges and universities in New York State who were given the highest rating by the Women's Sports Foundation for gender equity in athletics.

In Clarkson's case, 23 percent of its undergraduates are women and 36 percent of the total number of athletes involved at Clarkson is women (123 women versus 213 men). The proportionality gap is actually minus 13 percent - there are more women, percentage wise, involved in Clarkson athletics that are represented in the overall undergraduate enrollment. Clarkson's proportionality gap was third best among all the colleges and universities in New York state. This earned Clarkson an "A" in the rating.

The Women's Sports Foundation, founded by Billie Jean King, ranked schools nationally on their proportion of women athletes in the schools' sports programs.

Clarkson's men's and women's hockey teams compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) while other varsity sports are in Division III, except for the Nordic and Alpine ski teams which operate under the auspices of the United States Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA).

Other schools earning an "A" rating in New York State included West Point, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, Siena College, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Binghamton, Saint Bonaventure University, the College of New Rochelle, the College of Saint Rose and RPI.

See the full report by state at http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/binary-data/ reportcard/bystate.pdf .

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty members achieve international recognition for their research and scholarship and connect students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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