Board of Trustees
The six-member Board of Trustees meets the third Monday of each month in CIE 104, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship west classroom. Members of the Board are elected to four-year terms. Elections take place in November (Tuesday, following the first Monday in November) of odd-numbered years. Terms begin the second Monday in January of the following year.
For information related to the Board or to contact the Board about an issue, please contact Board Clerk, Beverly Harris via email or call (620) 332-5451.
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Gender Equity FAQ
Does the college produce an official equity report?
Yes. We produce a report annually. Our official Equity in Athletics Report for this year will be turned in by October 15, 2018. It is at that time we actually will have evaluated all expenditures in regard to gender equity compliance for the 2017-18 school year. The Equity in Athletics Report is always a year behind, in that everything we did last year is for this year’s report in October. Everything we do this year if for next year’s October 2019 report.
What does a school have to show with regard to equity compliance?
With regard to Title IX Equity in Athletics, schools must proactively prove that they are doing one of the following:
1. Provide participation opportunities for women and men that are substantially proportionate to their respective rates of enrollment of full-time undergraduate students;
2. Demonstrate a history and continuing practice of program expansion for the underrepresented sex;
3. Fully and effectively accommodate the interests and abilities of the underrepresented sex; and
4. Female and male student-athletes must receive athletics scholarship dollars proportional to their participation
What is the “GAP”?
GAP – A gap is considered ‘large’ if the difference between the percentage of allocation is 10 points or higher. Our college percentage is 57% male and 43% female – so 67% - 33% is within the GAP.
How does Title IX actually apply to athletics – what does the school actually have to do?
There are three basic parts of Title IX as it applies to athletics:
1. Participation: Title IX requires that women and men be provided equitable opportunities to participate in sports. Title IX does not require institutions to offer identical sports but an equal opportunity to play;
2. Scholarships: Title IX requires that female and male student-athletes receive athletics scholarship dollars proportional to their participation; and
3. Other benefits: Title IX requires the equal treatment of female and male student-athletes in the provisions of: (a) equipment and supplies; (b) scheduling of games and practice times; (c) travel and daily allowance/per diem; (d) access to tutoring; (e) coaching, (f) locker rooms (we are currently building them for two womens’ sports), practice and competitive facilities; (g) medical and training facilities and services; (h) housing and dining facilities and services; (i) publicity and promotions; (j) support services and (k) recruitment of student-athletes.
Does Title IX require that equal dollars be spent on men and women's sports?
No. The only provision that requires that the same dollars be spent proportional to participation is scholarships. Otherwise, male and female student-athletes must receive equitable "treatment" and "benefits."
Why does Title IX not require the same amount be spent on men and women's sports?
The Javits Amendment stated that legitimate and justifiable discrepancies for non-gender related differences in sports could be taken into account (i.e., the differing costs of equipment or event management expenditures). A male football player needs protective equipment such as pads and a helmet, and a female soccer player needs shin guards. Title IX does allow for a discrepancy in the cost of the equipment as long as both the football and soccer player received the same quality of equipment. However, a female ice hockey player must receive the same protective equipment that a male ice hockey player would receive, inasmuch as the protective equipment is the same.
Does Title IX require identical athletics programs for males and females?
No. Title IX does not require identical athletics programs for males and females. Rather, Title IX requires that the athletics programs meet the interests and abilities of each gender. Under Title IX, one team is not compared to the same team in each sport. OCR examines the total program afforded to male student-athletes and the total program afforded to female student-athletes and whether each program meets the standards of equal treatment. Title IX does not require that each team receive exactly the same services and supplies. Rather, Title IX requires that the men and women's program receive the same level of service, facilities, supplies and etc. Variations within the men and women's program are allowed, as long as the variations are justified.
How does cutting baseball help in meeting compliance?
Of the $121,981.00 that was in the 2017-18 budget (discretionary spending - $18,275.00 and salary - $102,806.00) only $30,000.00 will be spent on the men’s side in the 2018-19 budget. That is a $72,806.00 reduction in men’s salaries and an additional $18,275.00 reduction in men’s operational expenses. In addition, the 40 male student-athletes were replaced by approximately 30 female stunt athletes. The remaining 10 students will be replaced by athletic training and male cheer leaders (these students are not counted in athletic compliance) – so there is no loss in enrollment. This gain of 30 women and losing 40 men will help in gender compliance when we look at athletic-scholarship ratio dollars awarded women vs men. In addition, $15,500.00 was reduced in Administration expenses.
related to men’s athletics (officials and leases). Of the remaining $91,981.00 from baseball $22,000.00 was spent on the women’s salary side between volleyball and women’s basketball. This leaves $69,981.00 as budget relieving for the college.
What would have been required to achieve the same effect if baseball had been retained as a sport?
If we had kept baseball, we would have had to add two women’s sports to have made the same gender equity impact as dropping baseball and it would have cost the college annually a minimum of $205,000 in salaries, discretionary, officials, leases and scholarships.
What are the actual changes in dollars spend on the men’s and women’s sides?
In 2018-19 we will be spending $69,810.00 less in discretionary spending and $53,891.00 less in salary for a total reduction of $123,701.00 from the men’s side.
In 2018-19 we will be spending $4,350.00 less in discretionary spending and $28,500.00 more in salary for a total increase in spending of $24,150.00 on the women’s side.
Number of full-time male coaches reduced by 2 and the number of full-time female coaches increases by 1.
Reduction in men’s salaries from $536,881.00 to $490,028.00 which is a reduction of 9%. Increase of women’s salaries from $74,161.00 to $84,144.00 by 10%.
What is the gender breakdown for full-time students?
2017-18 full time enrollment: 219 women (43%) 294 men (57%)
Will the gender mix be different in the upcoming year?
For 2018-2019, we are anticipating athletic full-time enrollment to change by decreasing 10 men and increasing 30 women = 249 women (46% ) 284 men ( 54% ) (this is if the ratio of the rest of the school’s full-time enrollment stays the same)
How has the ratio of spending change for the upcoming year?
Ratio of spending: 2017-18 2018-19
Men $979,951.00 (70% $856,250.00 (66%) reduction of 4%
Women $415,054.00 (30%) $439,204.00 (33%) increase of 3%
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