The Educational Amendment Act of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in education programs and activities by recipients of federal funds. Specific provisions governing athletics programs and the awarding of athletic scholarships are also delineated. The Title IX regulation specifies equal opportunities for members of both genders must exist if a college offers an athletic program.
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education is responsible for enforcing Title IX of this amendment. Evidence of providing nondiscriminatory participation opportunities for individuals of both genders can be determined by one of three mechanisms, as provided by the Office of Civil Rights:
· The number participation opportunities for male and female students is substantially proportionate to their respective enrollments in the College;
· The Institution can demonstrate a historical and continuing practice of program expansion which demonstrates responsiveness to the developing interests and abilities of the athletically under-represented gender; or
· The interests and abilities of the members of the athletically under-represented gender have been and continue to be fully and effectively accommodated by the present program.
The institution is required to meet one of these three criteria for determining Athletic Gender Equity Compliance, as defined by the Office of Civil Rights.
The Office of Civil Rights evaluates not only the institution’s programs and overall determination of compliance, but also the quality and support available to the athletic programs accommodating the two genders, in terms of coaching, equipment, practice and competitive facilities, recruitment, game scheduling, and publicity.
Chadron State College continues to be compliant under the prong two mechanism. Chadron State College will also continue to remain open to the interests and abilities of the members of the athletically under-represented gender and attempt to fully and effectively accommodate them by its present programs.
ANALYSIS OF CURRENT STATUS
Number of Athletes
The total number of student athletes at Chadron State College in 2010-2011 was 404 based on the unduplicated count. There were 269 men and 135 women who participated in intercollegiate athletics. 66.6% of the participants were men and 33.4% were women. The breakdown by individual sports is as follows:
|Outdoor Track||53||Indoor Track||36|
The operating expenditures for athletics in 2010-2011 were $542,217. The men’s programs spent $333,863 and the women’s programs spent $208,354. 61.6% of operating expenditures were by men and 38.4% was spent on the women’s program. A breakdown by individual sports is as follows:
The total recruiting expenditures for athletics in 2010-2011 were $11,262 with the men’s programs spending $6,183 and the women’s program spending $5,079. 54.9% of the recruiting dollars were for men and 46.1% for women. A breakdown by individual sports is as follows:
|Track Combined||$ 277||Softball||$1,143|
|Wrestling||$ 1,389||Track, Combined||$ 259|
Coaches’ individual recruiting philosophy
As in the past, each coach maintains his or her own recruiting philosophy. Funds for men’s and women’s programs are spent from individual Foundation accounts and from state budget sources. As is reflected in the individual sports Foundation accounts and state budget line, the men’s programs typically have more dollars to spend on recruiting then the women’s programs. Camp resources from the individual sport camps also are utilized in the recruiting process.
Athletic Student Financial Aid
The total athletic student financial aid expenditures for athletics in 2010-2011 were $654,021. The men’s programs were awarded $426,628 (65.23%) and the women’s programs received $227,393 (34.77%). A breakdown follows:
The average athletic student financial aid expenditure is broken down by sport as follows:
The number of students receiving athletically-related student aid is broken down by sport as follows:
Chadron State College athletic student financial aid for fiscal year 2010-2011 reported athletic scholarship assistance at a combined “state and other” funding level of $654,021. Male athletes received $426,628 (an average of $2,666 per athlete) while female athletes received $227,393 (an average of $2,675 per athlete). These averages are calculated on the total number of males and females who received athletically-related student aid. (See figures immediately preceding this paragraph.)
Summary of Chadron State College Expenditures Data
66.6% of the total athletes participating in intercollegiate athletics at Chadron State College were men, and 33.4% were women. Men received 61.6% of the operating budget, and women received 38.4%. In recruiting expenditures, men spent 52.75% and women spent 47.25%. Athletic student financial aid received by men was 65.2% and aid granted to women was 34.8%.
Male and female athletes use the same facilities on campus. Men’s basketball, women’s
basketball, and women’s volleyball are all played at the Armstrong Gymnasium on the same court. These teams use the facility for practice as well as varsity competition. Football is played on Elliott Field and practice fields are located south of the Armstrong building. Wrestlers practice and compete at the Nelson Physical Activity Center (NPAC). The NPAC is also home for indoor men’s and women’s track and field practice and competition. Track and field moves out-of-doors in the spring onto a facility owned by the Chadron Public Schools. The women’s golf team practices at Chadron’s Ridgeview Country Club. The women’s softball team utilizes the new facility located on the southeast corner of campus for outdoor practice and uses the NPAC for indoor practice.
PLAN TO ENSURE CONTINUED COMPLIANCE WITH ATHLETIC GENDER EQUITY
Chadron State College continues to support the guidelines of Gender Equity. Athletic practice and game facilities are shared equally by both genders. The exceptions are the Women’s Softball team and Women’s Golf team. The CSC softball field and the Ridgeview Golf Course are facilities that are solely utilized by these two women’s sports. The Chadron State College athletic department for 2010-2011 continued to investigate additional athletic opportunities with additional offerings for the female gender. The addition of the sport of Cross Country ranks high on the athletic departments list. Budget reductions have slowed the progress in this area but research is still continuing.
Staffing needs also continue to address Gender Equity with the position of female graduate assistants in the sports of Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, and softball.
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