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It is the goal of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics to ensure that intercollegiate athletics programs operate within the educational mission of their colleges and universities.

  • September 20, 2016 - Knight Commission to Meet on Oct. 24 at Newseum

    Media Inquiries: Fred Frommer  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 202.772.0459

    Group will tackle important issues in quickly changing field of college sports

    Who: The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, chaired by William E. “Brit” Kirwan, chancellor emeritus, University System of Maryland and Co-Vice Chairs Carol Cartwright, president emeritus, Kent State University and Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education, will be joined by university presidents Susan Herbst of the University of Connecticut and Chuck Staben of the University of Idaho; two former collegiate basketball All-Americans, Shane Battier and Trey Burke; and other university leaders and experts. This will be the first Knight Commission meeting for new member Scott Cowen, president emeritus, Tulane University. (See the complete agenda below.)

    What: The Knight Commission, which promotes reforms to emphasize the educational mission of college athletics, will discuss ways to ensure this focus is maintained at a time of big changes in college sports with the possibility of more radical changes to come. The Commission will hear from university presidents and athletics directors about the changing financial landscape in college sports and the role football plays in shaping this landscape. The state and future of NCAA Division I college basketball will also be explored, including the potential impact of changes to the NBA’s draft eligibility rules and development league player salaries.

    When: Monday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. EDT. Following the sessions, media will have an opportunity to interview and speak with panelists, as well as the Knight Commission leadership.

    Where: Knight Conference Center at the Newseum, 8th Floor, Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001.  Media workroom will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rooms 811/812.

    Attend: Sessions are open to the media and public. To RSVP for the meeting, click here. Any additional questions, please email Justin Jenkins This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Online: Follow @KnightAthletics for the latest developments from this meeting. Photographs and highlights from the meeting will be posted on www.knightcommission.org following the event. 

    Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics: Public Meeting Agenda (Knight Conference Center)

    9:00 – 10:30 a.m. The changing Division I financial landscape and best practices in managing college sports finances

    • Jeff Bourne, athletics director, James Madison University
    • John Currie, athletics director, Kansas State University
    • Susan Herbst, president, University of Connecticut
    • Chuck Staben, president, University of Idaho

    10:45 – 12:15 p.m. The state and future of NCAA Division I college basketball

    • Shane Battier, former men’s basketball player, Duke University; former NBA player
    • Trey Burke, former men’s basketball player, University of Michigan; player, Washington Wizards
    • Jeff Jones, head men’s basketball coach, Old Dominion University; president, National Association of Basketball Coaches
    • Bernadette McGlade, commissioner, Atlantic 10 Conference
    • Jim Tanner, president, TANDEM Sports + Entertainment

     

  • While the intercollegiate athletics environment today differs greatly from that which existed in 1989 when the Knight Commission was formed, it is unquestionable that many of the positive changes in college sports since then would not have occurred were it not for the Commission’s clear voice and consistent pressure to emphasize the “college” in college sports.

    At the NCAA’s January 2005 convention, NCAA President Myles Brand awarded William Friday the Gerald R. Ford Award, noting that under the leadership of Bill Friday and the first Ford award recipient, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, “…the Commission made an extraordinary contribution to the future of intercollegiate athletics with its landmark 1991 report and call for greater presidential involvement.” He continued, “Bill and the Commission had it exactly right. The reforms of the last dozen years to ensure the academic success of student-athletes and align intercollegiate athletics with the mission of higher education can be traced to the enhanced role college and university presidents have played in the governance of college sports.”

    While the Knight Commission has no formal authority, many of its recommendations have been acted upon at the national, conference or institutional level.

    CLICK HERE for an overview of the Knight Commission’s impact, recommendations and actions. 

     


    Latest Tweets

    KnightAthletics RT @kstatesports: AD @John_Currie will be a featured speaker on @KnightAthletics panel next month. https://t.co/RZf0VFjbbt
    KnightAthletics KCIA Oct. 24 mtg at @Newseum will explore how #CollegeFootball is changing #collegesports landscape https://t.co/uyTK2vNzcD
    KnightAthletics Our Oct. 24 meeting will feature former #NCAA stars @ShaneBattier & @TreyBurke and the future of Division I hoops https://t.co/uyTK2vNzcD

  • The Knight Commission’s athletic and academic spending database allows users to compare athletic and academic spending trends for NCAA Division I public institutions, athletic conferences, and divisions.

    CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE DATABASE. CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS RELEASE




    The graphs below note "Where the Money Goes..." and "Where the Money Comes From..." based on data reported by pubic institutions to the NCAA in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.  CLICK ON EACH OF THE THUMBNAILS BELOW TO ENLARGE.

  • Knight Commission Continues to Provide Resources Monitoring NCAA Division I Finances

    The graphs below note "Where the Money Goes..." and "Where the Money Comes From..." based on data reported by pubic institutions to the NCAA in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.  CLICK ON EACH OF THE THUMBNAILS BELOW TO ENLARGE.

     

    Collaborative Efforts to Strengthen Educational Opportunities through College Sports

    The Knight Commission shared key principles and ideas that it continues to promote with NCAA President Mark Emmert and members of the new NCAA Division I Board of Directors and Division I Council in a March 16, 2015 memorandum. This communication occurs at a time when the NCAA Division I is implementing a new governance structure while also addressing unprecedented legal challenges to the current model of intercollegiate athletics. Read the memo HERE.

    Knight Commission Studies Interest in Alternative Division I Competition Models

    A Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics study reveals interest among university presidents, athletics administrators, faculty and head coaches in exploring alternative models for Division I competition and administration of different sports that may reduce missed class time and travel costs. The study was conducted to assess interest in whether different structures in various sports might offset the challenging effects of some conferences’ newly enlarged geographic footprints.

    The study, “Exploring a Division I Model Federated by Sport,” was administered by the Center for Research in Intercollegiate Athletics, with assistance from Collegiate Sports Associates, and is intended to serve as a resource to Division I institutions as they discuss many topics emerging within the newly established rules-making structure.

    Read the complete press release HERE. Access the study report HERE.


    Latest Tweets

    KnightAthletics RT @kstatesports: AD @John_Currie will be a featured speaker on @KnightAthletics panel next month. https://t.co/RZf0VFjbbt
    KnightAthletics KCIA Oct. 24 mtg at @Newseum will explore how #CollegeFootball is changing #collegesports landscape https://t.co/uyTK2vNzcD
    KnightAthletics Our Oct. 24 meeting will feature former #NCAA stars @ShaneBattier & @TreyBurke and the future of Division I hoops https://t.co/uyTK2vNzcD

October 2016 Meeting

September 20, 2016 - Knight Commission to Meet on Oct. 24 at Newseum

Media Inquiries: Fred Frommer  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 202.772.0459

Group will tackle important issues in quickly changing field of college sports

Who: The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, chaired by William E. “Brit” Kirwan, chancellor emeritus, University System of Maryland and Co-Vice Chairs Carol Cartwright, president emeritus, Kent State University and Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education, will be joined by university presidents Susan Herbst of the University of Connecticut and Chuck Staben of the University of Idaho; two former collegiate basketball All-Americans, Shane Battier and Trey Burke; and other university leaders and experts. This will be the first Knight Commission meeting for new member Scott Cowen, president emeritus, Tulane University. (See the complete agenda below.)

What: The Knight Commission, which promotes reforms to emphasize the educational mission of college athletics, will discuss ways to ensure this focus is maintained at a time of big changes in college sports with the possibility of more radical changes to come. The Commission will hear from university presidents and athletics directors about the changing financial landscape in college sports and the role football plays in shaping this landscape. The state and future of NCAA Division I college basketball will also be explored, including the potential impact of changes to the NBA’s draft eligibility rules and development league player salaries.

When: Monday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. EDT. Following the sessions, media will have an opportunity to interview and speak with panelists, as well as the Knight Commission leadership.

Where: Knight Conference Center at the Newseum, 8th Floor, Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001.  Media workroom will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rooms 811/812.

Attend: Sessions are open to the media and public. To RSVP for the meeting, click here. Any additional questions, please email Justin Jenkins This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online: Follow @KnightAthletics for the latest developments from this meeting. Photographs and highlights from the meeting will be posted on www.knightcommission.org following the event. 

Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics: Public Meeting Agenda (Knight Conference Center)

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. The changing Division I financial landscape and best practices in managing college sports finances

  • Jeff Bourne, athletics director, James Madison University
  • John Currie, athletics director, Kansas State University
  • Susan Herbst, president, University of Connecticut
  • Chuck Staben, president, University of Idaho

10:45 – 12:15 p.m. The state and future of NCAA Division I college basketball

  • Shane Battier, former men’s basketball player, Duke University; former NBA player
  • Trey Burke, former men’s basketball player, University of Michigan; player, Washington Wizards
  • Jeff Jones, head men’s basketball coach, Old Dominion University; president, National Association of Basketball Coaches
  • Bernadette McGlade, commissioner, Atlantic 10 Conference
  • Jim Tanner, president, TANDEM Sports + Entertainment

 

Impact

While the intercollegiate athletics environment today differs greatly from that which existed in 1989 when the Knight Commission was formed, it is unquestionable that many of the positive changes in college sports since then would not have occurred were it not for the Commission’s clear voice and consistent pressure to emphasize the “college” in college sports.

At the NCAA’s January 2005 convention, NCAA President Myles Brand awarded William Friday the Gerald R. Ford Award, noting that under the leadership of Bill Friday and the first Ford award recipient, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, “…the Commission made an extraordinary contribution to the future of intercollegiate athletics with its landmark 1991 report and call for greater presidential involvement.” He continued, “Bill and the Commission had it exactly right. The reforms of the last dozen years to ensure the academic success of student-athletes and align intercollegiate athletics with the mission of higher education can be traced to the enhanced role college and university presidents have played in the governance of college sports.”

While the Knight Commission has no formal authority, many of its recommendations have been acted upon at the national, conference or institutional level.

CLICK HERE for an overview of the Knight Commission’s impact, recommendations and actions. 

 


Latest Tweets

KnightAthletics RT @kstatesports: AD @John_Currie will be a featured speaker on @KnightAthletics panel next month. https://t.co/RZf0VFjbbt
KnightAthletics KCIA Oct. 24 mtg at @Newseum will explore how #CollegeFootball is changing #collegesports landscape https://t.co/uyTK2vNzcD
KnightAthletics Our Oct. 24 meeting will feature former #NCAA stars @ShaneBattier & @TreyBurke and the future of Division I hoops https://t.co/uyTK2vNzcD

Spending Database

The Knight Commission’s athletic and academic spending database allows users to compare athletic and academic spending trends for NCAA Division I public institutions, athletic conferences, and divisions.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE DATABASE. CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS RELEASE




The graphs below note "Where the Money Goes..." and "Where the Money Comes From..." based on data reported by pubic institutions to the NCAA in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.  CLICK ON EACH OF THE THUMBNAILS BELOW TO ENLARGE.

Current Initiatives

Knight Commission Continues to Provide Resources Monitoring NCAA Division I Finances

The graphs below note "Where the Money Goes..." and "Where the Money Comes From..." based on data reported by pubic institutions to the NCAA in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.  CLICK ON EACH OF THE THUMBNAILS BELOW TO ENLARGE.

 

Collaborative Efforts to Strengthen Educational Opportunities through College Sports

The Knight Commission shared key principles and ideas that it continues to promote with NCAA President Mark Emmert and members of the new NCAA Division I Board of Directors and Division I Council in a March 16, 2015 memorandum. This communication occurs at a time when the NCAA Division I is implementing a new governance structure while also addressing unprecedented legal challenges to the current model of intercollegiate athletics. Read the memo HERE.

Knight Commission Studies Interest in Alternative Division I Competition Models

A Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics study reveals interest among university presidents, athletics administrators, faculty and head coaches in exploring alternative models for Division I competition and administration of different sports that may reduce missed class time and travel costs. The study was conducted to assess interest in whether different structures in various sports might offset the challenging effects of some conferences’ newly enlarged geographic footprints.

The study, “Exploring a Division I Model Federated by Sport,” was administered by the Center for Research in Intercollegiate Athletics, with assistance from Collegiate Sports Associates, and is intended to serve as a resource to Division I institutions as they discuss many topics emerging within the newly established rules-making structure.

Read the complete press release HERE. Access the study report HERE.


Latest Tweets

KnightAthletics RT @kstatesports: AD @John_Currie will be a featured speaker on @KnightAthletics panel next month. https://t.co/RZf0VFjbbt
KnightAthletics KCIA Oct. 24 mtg at @Newseum will explore how #CollegeFootball is changing #collegesports landscape https://t.co/uyTK2vNzcD
KnightAthletics Our Oct. 24 meeting will feature former #NCAA stars @ShaneBattier & @TreyBurke and the future of Division I hoops https://t.co/uyTK2vNzcD