Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
In 1993, the Emerging Sports Program for Women was created in an effort to combat the discrepancy seen in athletic participation rates of men compared to women in the NCAA. The Emerging Sports Program allows schools to provide additional athletics opportunities to women by lessening the requirements of becoming a full-status NCAA championship sport compared to a non-emerging sport. Until this point in time, no research has been conducted on the overall effectiveness of the Emerging Sports Program. This study provides a ten-year analysis of how the Emerging Sport Program impacted Title IX compliance of participation opportunities for women. Specifically, the substantial proportionality of schools that added an emerging sport between the academic years of 2004-2005 and 2013-2014 was calculated to determine any change in compliance from the addition of an emerging sport. The results show that the Emerging Sports Program has made a positive impact on Title IX compliance.