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ERIC Number: ED499432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 33
Abstractor: ERIC
Gender Equity in Higher Education
Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 bans discrimination in schools receiving federal financial assistance with regard to both academics and athletics. The law has helped ensure that women have access to both academic and athletic opportunities at most higher education institutions in the United States, dramatically increasing the range and scale of women's varsity sports teams and recreational programs. Washington state enacted companion legislation in 1989, also with the purpose of achieving gender equity in higher education. Beginning in 2002, Washington's public four-year colleges and universities were required to achieve female athletic participation rates within five percentage points of female enrollment (for full-time undergraduates, aged 17-24). This report provides updated information on each of the public four-year institutions, as well as the community and technical colleges, where applicable. The report gauges progress made in promoting gender equity since the most recent gender equity report was issued in 2002. Conforming to the statutes, this report is organized into three sections: Student Services, Academic Programs, and Athletics. Findings indicate that all six of the four-year institutions are in compliance with the statutory provisions of the state law; however, there is a pattern of little progress over the past four years, and in some instances, slight declines. The following are appended: (1) Student Employment at the Public Four-Year Institutions; (2) Female Degree Rates for Major Program Areas; (3) Athletic Participation Rates at Community Colleges; (4) Comparison of Athletic Participation at Public Four-Year Institutions; (5) Tuition Aid Awarded to Female Athletes at Public Four-Year Institutions, Tuition Aid Awarded to Female Athletes at Community Colleges; (6) Gender of Coaches at Four-Year Institutions, Gender of Coaches at Community Colleges; (7) Operating Expenditures on Women's Teams at Four-Year Institutions, Operating Expenditures on Women's Teams at Community Colleges; and (8) Intramural and Club Athletics at Four-Year Institutions. (Contains 5 tables and 3 figures.)
Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board. 917 Lakeridge Way SW, P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430. Tel: 360-753-7800; Fax: 360-753-7808; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A