The additions of women’s soccer in 1992 and women’s golf in 2007 were for Title IX gender equity compliance purposes and increased female participants in the athletics program. In both cases, Towson was a member of a conference that sponsored each sport. As such, there were competition and conference championship opportunities available immediately.
8. Can student-athletes affected by this recommendation compete on the club men’s soccer and club baseball teams?
9. What is the financial impact of this plan?
This reconfiguration will also allow 16 of Towson’s 19 sports to be fully funded and to reach the maximum NCAA scholarships allowed by those sports. Towson Athletics will be able to create more competitive teams, which should garner higher ticket sales, increase corporate sponsorships, and bring in more gifts to the program. The higher revenues will limit general fees and let the department become more financially independent.
10. Which sports will the university continue to offer?
11. How will Towson compare financially against its peers in the Colonial Athletic Association?
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12. Were Title IX implications considered and will Towson be compliant?
14. Will other actions need to be taken to make Towson Title IX compliant, such as squad limits?
15. Why can't roster spots be taken from other teams, or cuts be made across all sports, to avoid the discontinuation of these sports?
18. Can another women’s sport be added to help Towson comply with Title IX without discontinuing these sports?
27. What does “proportionality” mean?
Proportionality, in terms of Title IX, refers to providing athletic participation opportunities that are substantially proportionate to the student enrollment. Our current enrollment is 60 percent female and 40 percent male. Moving forward, compliance with federal law, along with long-term financial stability and competitiveness for our athletics program, are the guiding principles of the university.
28. Will the athletics student fee go up?
There are no plans to raise the student fee for athletics.
29. Towson has always said that they’re a student-centered university. Doesn’t discontinuing two sports programs contradict that statement?
We certainly understand how the impacted student-athletes involved could feel that Towson does not support their needs. It is the responsibility of the administration to address difficult decisions that are necessary for the overall current and future health and sustainability of the students as a whole over time. At times these decisions lead to situations that feel contrary to a student-centered philosophy. Unfortunately being student-focused does not mean that all students will agree with all administrative decisions.
30. Does the state of Maryland fund university athletics programs?