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Thursday, November 18, 2004

On Title IX - Part One

This interesting article appeared in the online version of the Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required). It deals with the decrease in the number of colleges that have separate women’s athletic departments and men’s athletic departments.

The article notes that Title IX played a large part in this:

“After the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, most colleges eliminated those women's departments, moving women's teams into men's departments and naming the women's athletics director the associate athletics director. Only a handful of colleges maintained separate departments.”

College athletic departments must account for the costs they generate. The passage quoted above suggests that Title IX created some restrictions, and thus some costs, that directed universities to delete some administrative duplicity associated with having two separate athletic departments. This deletion would free up resources to ultimately be used to come into compliance with Title IX.

Over the next few weeks, I plan to post a few thoughts on the costs associated with the ways that colleges can use to come into compliance with Title IX.