Vice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan today announced a change to Title IX compliance requirements for colleges and universities, reversing a 2005 policy that allows institutions to comply by using electronic surveys to measure female students’ interest in athletics.
To show compliance with Title IX, colleges and universities had to meet one of three tests: showing that the participation of female student in athletics was proportionate to their enrollment in the institution, that the institution was expanding athletic opportunities for women, or that it was providing programs to meet the athletic interests and abilities of female students. Gender equity advocates have long called the survey policy, implemented in 2005 by the Bush administration, a loophole which prohibits sex discrimination at institutions that receive federal funding.
“Making Title IX as strong as possible is a no-brainer,” said Biden in a statement released this morning. “What we’re doing here today will better ensure equal opportunity in athletics, and allowing women to realize their potential—so this nation can realize its potential.”
The change in policy will be officially implemented through a “Dear Colleague” letter issued today by the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.
This policy change garnered extensive coverage in the press this morning, including the following stories:
Reversing Bush on Title IX
Inside Higher Ed
Rule Change Takes Aim at Loophole in Title IX
The New York Times (free reg. req.)
Rescinding of Title IX Model Survey Draws Praise From Critics
Education Department Nixes Bush-Era Policy on Title IX Compliance
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.)