National News Roundup
Colleges and universities should increase the number of athletic scholarships they bestow on women, according to a preliminary report by a task force of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
The recommendation was one of dozens released last week by the N.C.A.A.'s gender-equity task force.
The task force also urged colleges and universities to foster such emerging sports as crew and ice hockey as a means of increasing opportunities for women.
The report, however, offers few details on how institutions could implement the recommendations, many of which would be costly.
In addition, for the first time, a unit of the athletics-governing body proposed a definition of gender equity for sports. The report suggests that equity exists "when either the men's or women's sports program would be pleased to accept as its own the overall program of the other gender.''
Recognizing the need to promote sports for females at an early age, the task force also suggested that the N.C.A.A. join with the National Federation of State High School Associations to address gender-equity issues.
In addition, it recommended that institutions or athletic conferences conduct camps, clinics, and workshops for elementary and middle school girls.
A series of public hearings on the report is scheduled to begin this
week, with consideration of proposals based on its recommendations
likely to follow at the association's annual meeting in