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Title IX and Historically Black Colleges

In America women outnumber men in college attendance, but in the black community the disproportion is particularly striking. As a new article in The Root notes, historically black colleges have “enrollment ratios approaching 65 percent female to 35 percent male.”
From that, the piece makes an interesting argument:

Adding sports teams would seem to be one common sense solution to draw more male student applications.
Unfortunately, schools that want to start a men’s team will run into a virtual roadblock in the federal law known as Title IX.
In 2002, Howard University cut men’s wrestling and baseball while adding women’s bowling in order to avoid possible Title IX problems. Notwithstanding, more than five years later, Howard is still not in compliance with the strict proportionality standard, and according to the most recent data would have to cut an additional 82 athletes from men’s program’s — that’s more than 40 percent of all the male athletes currently attending the university.

I’m not sure male athletes are the group you’d want to target to increase male enrollment overall, but this does show the perversions Title IX creates by assuming men and women to be equal in athletic interest.
Also, I found this striking, and it deserves more coverage:

In 2005 a model survey option was offered in the U.S. Department of Education’s clarification for Title IX compliance. Unfortunately, to date, the NCAA is actively discouraging universities from using surveys to measure the interest of their students.

Is the NCAA simply cowing to political correctness, or is there actually some incentive for it to take this ludicrous position? I think it’s stupid for the government to design a survey and use it to tell colleges how many male athletic programs they’re allowed to have, but any survey will reflect reality a lot more than the current “women like sports as much as men, honest!” approach does.


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