Title IX Compliance vs. NCAA Scholarship Limits Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Kantor, Mary Katherine
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
  • Out of the 65 Power 5 schools, only 16 appear to be in numeric compliance with Title IX in regards to financial aid (EADA Cutting Tool, 2014). There can be many reasons for this disparity, but research shows that one cause is the current structure of NCAA scholarship limits. With the current model, only 11 Power 5 institutions could fully-fund all its sports programs, but still not be in compliance with Title IX. Schools now face a dilemma—follow NCAA scholarship limits to stay competitive or comply with Title IX legislation. Until today, there has been no research on the criteria or classifications for head-count or equivalencies sports. Some have speculated that head-count sports were defined by revenue generation, while others thought there were no criteria at all. Likewise, current scholarship limits have had many criticisms about the inequity between sports and the overall limits in general. Title IX has taken the brunt of the blame, but the limits were still thought of as arbitrary. However, primary sources shows that limits were actually adjusted for cost reduction and to offset the large number of football scholarships. This study created nine new scholarship models that are overall more pragmatic and cognizant to member schools’ Title IX compliance and address the inequities in the current scholarship model.
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  • Wenzel, Theresa
  • Weight, Erianne
  • Osborne, Barbara
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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