Posted: June 18, 1999
New year-end reports show California State University, Sacramento has achieved gender equity in athletics, well before a January 2000 deadline.
The milestone marks the end of an effort that began long before a lawsuit by the National Association of Women against the CSU system. That suit led to a 1993 consent degree outlining the gender equity criteria by which all universities within the CSU system are judged.
CSUS President Donald R. Gerth made achieving equity in athletics a top priority for the campus, and steady progress has been made.
Now, CSUS has met each requirement of the so-called "CAL-NOW" consent decree. Women, who make up 55 percent of the CSUS student body, now make up slightly more than half of student-athletes (52.6 percent) and receive about half the athletic scholarship funds (51 percent). Overall, women's sports are now allocated 46.8 percent of total athletic funding.
"CAL-NOW" requires that women's participation and scholarship funding be within 5 percent of the percentage of female students and that total athletic funding be within 10 percent.
CSUS achieved gender equity while continuing to field a football team, which its students, its alumni and the Sacramento community said was important. The University has added new sports, and now boasts 11 women's sports and nine men's sports, all offering scholarships and competing in Division I.
More information is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.
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