Review of the CWU Athletics Department was conducted in October 2011 by Helen Grant Consulting. The report (attachment D) was generally very good. The following recommendations were made:
Recommendations by Helen Grant Consulting:
- Institute a roster management program that results in compliance with the first test of ways to effectively accommodate interests and abilities of students. This would reduce the disparity between female participation rates and female enrollment rates to 1% which is approximately nine participants and perceived to be acceptable by OCR.
- Analyze systemically and annually the number of grants awarded to male and female athletes in comparison to the maximum allowed by NCAA Division II. Ensure that this percentage is equitable.
- Ensure women’s basketball team members receive the same equipment and supplies as the men’s basketball team members.
- Review travel budget for soccer so that the maximum number of contests can be scheduled and played during the non-traditional season.
- Review and adjust as necessary the travel budgets for women’s sports to allow at least two women’s teams to assign two participants per hotel room.
- Review National Athletic Trainer’s Association data concerning student-athlete/athletic trainer ratios. This should be adjusted in order to avoid problems in the future.
- Review national data concerning strength and conditioning coach/student-athlete ratio. This should be adjusted in order to avoid problems in the future.
- Review cell phone and budget allotments for cell phones in order to ensure equity for male and female coaches.
The CWU Title IX Task Force underscores and supports these recommendations. Jack Bishop is responsible for managing the implementation of these recommendations. He will report on progress to the Chief of Staff no later than June 1, 2012. In addition, it recommends that the Athletic Department develop a plan for evaluation of the same areas using the similar methods as the current audit. Production of this report should be done as part of an annual program review. Ideally it would be produced annually by December 31 and analyze data from the previous academic year, beginning fall quarter. This would provide athletic department and university leadership with longitudinal data to assist in strategic planning and budget management. Gary Hyatt, Assistant Athletic Director, in conjunction with Athletic Director Jack Bishop, will develop this reporting plan no later than June 1, 2012. The first report will be produced by December 31, 2012.