Travelers on the Title IX Compliance Highway: How Are Ohio’s Colleges and Universities Faring?

in Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal
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As a measure of progress, the experiences today of women athletes in the state of Ohio are far different from those attending institutions of higher learning just after the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. But how different, and how much progress has been made? The purpose of this study was to assess the level of progress made by compiling and analyzing data available through the Equity in Athletics Disclosure reports filed by 61 junior colleges, four year colleges, and universities in the State of Ohio over a four year span of time for the academic years 2002-2006.2 The template for this study was the report completed by the Women’s Law Project examining gender equity in intercollegiate athletics in colleges and universities in Pennsylvania (Cohen, 2005), the first study of its kind. Similar to that effort, this study assesses the success with which intercollegiate athletic programs in Ohio have collectively responded to the mandates of Title IX in areas of participation opportunities and financial allocations in the form of operating budgets, scholarship assistance, recruiting and coaching.3

Ellen J. Staurowsky, Ed.D. Professor & Graduate Chair Depart of Sport Management & Media Ithaca College Ithaca, NY 14850 Email: staurows@ithaca.edu Phone: (607) 274-1730 Fax: (607) 274-5942

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