Are universities creating unlevel playing fields?
By John R. Maney
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.
| October 28, 2010; 7:13 PM ET
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