Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Title Nein!

A lawsuit brought by wrestlers against Title Ix was rejected. However, there has been considerable progress made in weakening the quota requirement. Schools are now allowed to surveys to establish atheletic interest. This at least semi-quantifies one of the three prongs that schools can meet to be compliant. This sums it up
While Title IX requires gender equity in all parts of education and related activity, only in sports has its application caused widespread controversy. To comply, the federal government has ruled that schools must offer athletics opportunities, scholarship money, and other resources based on the proportion of men and women enrolled. If they don’t, the schools will lose millions of dollars in federal aid. So, over the last 15 to 20 years, colleges have added women’s sports and coaches, added and improved facilities, and increased budgets and scholarships.

But at the same time, in a backward approach to creating equity, some schools have dropped men’s sports—usually nonrevenue programs like wrestling, tennis, gymnastics, and even baseball.


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