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STILL A WAYS TO GO: WOMEN'S SPORTS FOUNDATION ISSUES REPORT

          The Women's Sports Foundation released its "Gender
     Equity Report Card" yesterday, where Foundation Trustee Dr.
     Don Sabo analyzed 767 NCAA schools and issued each
     institution a grade based on athletic participation,
     scholarship allocations, recruitment spending, operating
     expenditures and composite GPA.  Sabo: "Our findings suggest
     that many colleges and universities are allocating resources
     and opportunities at a roughly 2-1 ratio between male
     athletes and female athletes despite the fact that women
     outnumber men on most campuses.  In addition, it is proven
     that the rise of women's sports over the past 18 years has
     not come at the expense of men's programs but rather the
     misallocation of funds has caused the elimination of men's
     non-revenue sports programs."  The report, for the '95-96
     school year, showed that while women were 53% of all
     undergraduate students, they were only 37% of all NCAA
     athletes, and received $142.6M less scholarship aid than
     males.  Additionally, men's teams in the study spent over
     $255M more on operating expenses than women (WSF). 
     Yesterday U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun (D-IL) and U.S. Rep.
     Nita Lowey (D-NY) announced legislation "designed to put
     more teeth" in Title IX.  "Fair Play Act" would require
     colleges to report to the Department of Education
     expenditures on men's and women's sports, respectively
     (Kathy Orton, WASHINGTON POST, 6/19).  

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