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Participation Rates and Scholarships for Women Athletes at the CSU Continue to Grow According to Equal Opportunity in Athletics Report

September 20, 2011

A report reviewing gender equity in athletics at the California State University was presented to Trustees at their September board meeting and points to continued increases in scholarships and participation by female athletes across the system. 

“The system has made remarkable strides in providing access and funding for women to participate in athletic events,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed.

Participation
Female student athletic participation has increased by more than over 125 percent since the study began in 1993 and in the 2009-10 academic year, there were 4,202 female athletes at CSU campuses.  By 2009-10, the proportion of female athletes has virtually matched the proportion of female students at the CSU.  This is particularly relevant given that there are approximately 87,000 more students system-wide than when the study began as well as the higher proportion of women now attending the CSU.

Grants
Funding for grants-in-aid has increased by 596 percent since the inception of the study.  In 1993, the CSU's NCAA member campuses allocated funding of $2.5 million for grants-in-aid and that total increased to $17.4 million in 2009-10.  Additionally, there was a $1.97 million (12.8 percent) increase over the previous year.

History
In 1993, the CSU and the California National Organization for Women (CA NOW) entered into a consent decree to increase participation, funding and grants-in aid and scholarships for female students in intercollegiate athletics on NCAA member campuses. By March of 2000 it was determined that the consent decree was satisfied, and since then the CSU has voluntarily self-monitored to gauge progress in these areas. At the time that the most recent data was collected, the CSU had 20 campuses that were members of the NCAA with the California Maritime Academy and California State University San Marcos holding membership in the NAIA and California State University Channel Islands not yet fielding any athletic programs.

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