Fourth Annual Trojan Sexual Health Report Card Ranks Access to Sexual Health Resources and Information at Major NCAA Colleges and Universities
PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ — The state of sexual health information and resources at major American colleges and universities was revealed today with the release of the 2009 Trojan® Sexual Health Report Card. The yearly ranking, which measures access and availability of sexual health information and resources across 141 colleges and universities, rates the University of South Carolina number one in making such information available, besting last year’s number one seed Stanford University (2), followed by the University of Connecticut (3), Columbia University (4) and Florida Atlantic University (5).
According to independent research firm Sperling’s BestPlaces, which fielded the study, positive feedback from students, and resources offered by the University of South Carolina health center helped the school rise to the top. Since the Trojan Sexual Health Report Card’s inception four years ago, the Gamecocks have finished no worse than 11th in the country.
“What really impressed us about the University of South Carolina, and what helped the school’s ranking was the high levels of trust students put in the campus health center,” said Bert Sperling, President of Sperling’s BestPlaces. “In fact, trust played a pivotal role in this year’s findings with centers that had higher levels of trust in student polls, like South Carolina’s, tending to score much higher.”
On the other end of the spectrum, DePaul University (141) ranks last in this year’s rankings. Brigham Young University (137), Baylor University (138), Providence College (139) and St. John’s University (140) round out the bottom five.
“Our goal with this study is to increase awareness, spark conversation and get people talking about and advocating positively for sexual health on college campuses,” said Bruce Tetreault, Group Product Manager for Trojan Brand Condoms. “Access to information and resources is critical in allowing students to make informed decisions about their sexual health. We applaud those schools that make this information available to students.”
Schools that improved their rankings include the University of Louisiana-Monroe, which jumped 80 spots to finish at number 29, following a surge of positive student opinion poll responses.
Other big movers in this year’s survey include Dartmouth College (2008: 68; 2009: 19), East Carolina University (2008: 78; 2009: 34), San Diego State University (2008: 105; 2009: 33), and the University of Maryland (2008: 63; 2009: 12).
Report Card Rivalries
The Trojan Sexual Health Report Card analyzes the 141 colleges and universities in the major NCAA conferences, and adds new context to some of the more heated collegiate rivalries.
From a conference wide standpoint, Ivy League schools continued their dominance in the Report Card rankings this year, as the conference most known for its academic prowess saw Columbia, Brown and Cornell University all land in the top ten. This is the first time three Ivies have landed in the top ten since the Report Card was created, and helped contribute to the conference’s 2.98 overall GPA (out of a possible 4.0).
The Big Ten ranked second overall (2.88 GPA) followed by the SEC (2.75), Pac-10 (2.75), ACC (2.73), MAC (2.63), Big 12 (2.58), C-USA (2.51), Mountain West (2.45), Sun Belt (2.38), WAC (2.31) and the Big East (2.17).
Some key findings include:
• The University of Florida and the University of Oklahoma may have played a close BCS title game on the football field, but for sexual health resources, Florida ran up the score, coming in at 24th overall, compared to Oklahoma’s 81st place ranking.
• The UConn Huskies, who had a banner year for their men’s and women’s basketball teams, staked their place in the top ten for the second year in a row, as the school achieved a 3.38 GPA, springing them to number 3 in this year’s rankings.
• The University of Texas-Austin continued their conference dominance, as the Longhorns rank as the highest member from the Big 12, coming in at number 11. The Longhorns have cracked the top 20 of the Trojan Sexual Health Report Card two years in a row.
• Sunny forecast for the Sunshine State: Five Florida Schools rank in the top 50 of the Sexual Health Report Card this year: Florida Atlantic University, University of Florida, University of Central Florida, Florida International University and the University of South Florida.
To develop this year’s rankings, researchers at Sperling’s BestPlaces analyzed data from campus health centers and student opinion polls across 13 separate categories. Based on this analysis, each category was assigned a letter grade and a cumulative GPA was calculated, based on a four point scale.
Sexual Health Report Card Categories:
1. Student opinion of health center
2. Health center hours of operation
3. Availability of patient drop-in vs. appointment only
4. Availability of separate sexual awareness program
5. Contraceptive availability and cost
6. Condom availability and cost
7. HIV testing, cost and locality (on- vs. off-campus)
8. Other STI testing, cost and locality (on- vs. off-campus)
9. Availability of anonymous advice via email / newspaper column
10. Existence of lecture / outreach programs
11. Existence of student peer groups
12. Availability of sexual assault programs
13. Website usability and functionality
Schools that did well in this year’s Report Card tended to score uniformly high across all categories, while those ranked towards the bottom were less consistent in category grades.
“The Trojan Sexual Health Report Card is an important tool in understanding the availability of sexual health resources and information on campuses across the country,” added Tetreault. “The fact is, only one in three sex acts among singles involves a condom(1). It is our hope that these findings will empower students to advocate for change to ensure sexual health resources and information, including condoms, are consistently and universally available.”
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For more information on these products and the Report Card findings, people can visit www.trojancondoms.com. Full Trojan Sexual Health Report Card results are available at the bottom of this release.
(1) Trojan IU Compliance Study 2009; data on file
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ABOUT SPERLING’S BESTPLACES
Bert Sperling has been helping people find their own “Best Place” to live, work and retire for more than 20 years. His firm, Sperling’s BestPlaces, puts facts in the hands of the public so they can make better decisions about best places to live, work, retire, play, or relocate. His bestselling books, Cities Ranked and Rated and Best Places to Raise Your Family, are published by John Wiley & Sons. More information about Bert and his work is available at www.bestplaces.net.
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Complete Trojan Sexual Health Report Card Rankings
2009 2009 2008 School Conference
3.43 1 8 University of South Carolina SEC