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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.

  • 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. 

  • 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


    Latest Tweets

    KnightAthletics Learn more about our three new members: @arneduncan, Paul Tagliabue and Anna Spangler Nelson https://t.co/hOzFTrSKyE
    KnightAthletics .@UNC Board of Governors member Anna Spangler Nelson will be one of three new members on the Commission. Her bio: https://t.co/D9cXi6C1wD
    KnightAthletics Tagliabue says the Commission understands “economics of #highered & escalating costs of intercollegiate athletics” https://t.co/D9cXi6C1wD

     

  • 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.


    Division I Model and Governance Review

    The Knight Commission recently completed its 18-month examination of the Division I model and governance—an examination it called for at its October 24, 2011 meeting. The Commission’s recommendations were conveyed to the NCAA Board of Directors and NCAA President Mark Emmert in an August 6 memorandum.


    Latest Tweets

    KnightAthletics Learn more about our three new members: @arneduncan, Paul Tagliabue and Anna Spangler Nelson https://t.co/hOzFTrSKyE
    KnightAthletics .@UNC Board of Governors member Anna Spangler Nelson will be one of three new members on the Commission. Her bio: https://t.co/D9cXi6C1wD
    KnightAthletics Tagliabue says the Commission understands “economics of #highered & escalating costs of intercollegiate athletics” https://t.co/D9cXi6C1wD

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. 

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


Latest Tweets

KnightAthletics Learn more about our three new members: @arneduncan, Paul Tagliabue and Anna Spangler Nelson https://t.co/hOzFTrSKyE
KnightAthletics .@UNC Board of Governors member Anna Spangler Nelson will be one of three new members on the Commission. Her bio: https://t.co/D9cXi6C1wD
KnightAthletics Tagliabue says the Commission understands “economics of #highered & escalating costs of intercollegiate athletics” https://t.co/D9cXi6C1wD

 

Current Initiatives

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.


Division I Model and Governance Review

The Knight Commission recently completed its 18-month examination of the Division I model and governance—an examination it called for at its October 24, 2011 meeting. The Commission’s recommendations were conveyed to the NCAA Board of Directors and NCAA President Mark Emmert in an August 6 memorandum.


Latest Tweets

KnightAthletics Learn more about our three new members: @arneduncan, Paul Tagliabue and Anna Spangler Nelson https://t.co/hOzFTrSKyE
KnightAthletics .@UNC Board of Governors member Anna Spangler Nelson will be one of three new members on the Commission. Her bio: https://t.co/D9cXi6C1wD
KnightAthletics Tagliabue says the Commission understands “economics of #highered & escalating costs of intercollegiate athletics” https://t.co/D9cXi6C1wD