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Intercollegiate Athletics: Recent Trends in Teams and Participants in National Collegiate Athletic Association Sports

GAO-07-535 Published: Jul 12, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 2007.
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Since the 1970s, the roles of women as both students and athletes have changed in higher education, with female enrollment surpassing male enrollment, and female athletic participation showing gains as well. These changes have generated public interest in whether women participate in athletics at comparable levels to men and whether men's opportunities have decreased as a result of the increased opportunities for women. Under the Comptroller General's authority, GAO assessed the extent to which the numbers of men's and women's intercollegiate sports teams and participants at 4-year colleges have changed from the 1991-1992 through 2004-2005 school years.

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