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Posted at 7:13 PM ET, 10/28/2010

Are universities creating unlevel playing fields?

By washingtonpost.com editors

By John R. Maney
Springfield

The Post reports that Stevenson University in Maryland is adding a football team to attract more male students ["The new game plan boosting colleges' odds," front page, Oct. 27]. There is, indeed, a desire to admit male students in many schools simply because 57 percent of today's undergraduates are female, while 43 percent are male. But is Stevenson accepting the most qualified applicants or giving men a preference?

Some charge that many schools are bolstering their male populations by accepting less qualified men over more qualified women. Last year, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights launched an investigation into the admission policies of 19 universities (including Georgetown and American) to address this allegation. Title IX prohibits "sex ... discrimination under any education program." But a loophole (some say unintended) allows private schools to admit less-qualified males over more-qualified females.

If this loophole is "fixed" and 85 percent of the "most qualified" applicants to Georgetown's 2012 class are female, then 85 percent of the freshman class will be female. And, as we all know, Title IX already requires schools to provide athletic "participation opportunities for male and female students ... substantially proportionate to their respective enrollments." This "fix" could be a real game-changer.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 28, 2010; 7:13 PM ET
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I'm sorry, you've completely lost me. If Title IX is applied to general education as it is, then that would greatly limit female education as it has with male athletic participation. If Title IX standards were applied evenly to all aspects of education, then 1/3 of the girls would be removed from school so that populations match the population at large (basically 50/50) Another option would be that every male that wants to attend school would be allowed to attend before any more females would be allowed to attend. The last prong would mean that the percentage of men was growing up until either all interested men are attending or we reach 50/50 representation

You could pretty much plan on any female heavy major being eliminated as men's gymnastics, wrestling, track, xc, etc. and no more added. On the other hand, construction, auto repair, etc, would be made into scholarship heavy majors like women's crew and water polo

You must be careful. Title IX requires discrimination based on percentages of participation. What we need is a law that bans discrimination based on gender at any institution or proxy that receive federal funds

Posted by: maer568 | November 1, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

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