Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Yesterday, I pointed out how many liberals who point to numerical differences in race to be an indication of discrimination but don't see the same cause and effect relationship when they look at ideology in a college's faculty.

Well, here's another example. The New York Times has an editorial bemoaning the Bsh administrations so-called "weakening" of Title IX provisions mandating that colleges have the same proportion of women in sports as women on campus.
Last month, a memo went up on an Education Department Web site that was billed as a "clarification" of Title IX regulations. But the memo amounted to a major weakening of the criteria used to determine compliance with the rule that all schools receiving public funds provide equal sports opportunities for men and women. Under the new guidelines, on campuses where the proportion of female athletes falls notably below the proportion of women in the student body, and sports programs for women are not expanding, a college will still be able to show it is "fully and effectively" obeying the law by doing an online survey that shows women have no unmet sports interests. The department says that if the rate of response is low - as it is with most such surveys - that will be interpreted as a lack of interest.

The Times wants schools to keep offering places for women in sports so that those who, for some reason, don't respond positively to such a survey, still can participate in sports.
Currently, such surveys are just one factor used on the college level to gauge interest in women's sports, along with more accurate measures, like participation rates in "feeder" high schools or recreational leagues, and the opinions of coaches and administrators. There is no similar burden on male athletes to register their interest, and surveys are a poor predictor of behavior if sports opportunities are afforded equally. The president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Myles Brand, worries that this loophole "will likely stymie the growth of women's athletics and could reverse the progress made over the last three decades."

Of course, that ignores that there are costs for offering these spots to women who don't have a deep interest in the sports. That means that men will get fewer sports even if they have a strong interest.

So, once again, the numerical balance is what is important to the liberals (i.e. the New York Times). We're still waiting for the NYT to show the same concern for conservatives on college faculties.

UPDATE: Sorry for the spelling error. I was tired this morning. I've since corrected the spelling of numerical.