Recently, there have been a number of discussions about Title IX and its impact on men’s and women’s sports. See here, here, for example (some of the discussions are deeper in the comments).

According to a Washington Post blog post, The Department of Education has just announced the repeal of a Title IX related policy implemented by the Bush administration. Among the issues raised in the linked post:

In 2005, under then President George W. Bush, a new policy allowed schools to use a simple survey of women as its evaluation, and to combine non-responses with negative responses. Critics said gave institutions an easy way to avoid providing equal athletic opportunities for females.

But Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Vice President Joe Biden are announcing today that the policy is being repealed and that from now on, schools and colleges must provide stronger evidence that they offer equal athletic participation opportunities for for men and women.

Schools can comply with Title IX by matching the proportion of female athletes to the proportion of women on campus, showing a history of increasing sports for women, or proving that the school has met the interest and ability of women to participate in athletics. Before the Bush policy was put in place, schools choosing the third option had to use multiple measures to assess interest and ability among females. The schools will now have to do that again

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Reasonable people can disagree as to which policy is better, I suppose. Does anyone know if Williams has ever tried to “interest and ability of women to participate in athletics” at Williams and, if so, how it did so?

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