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Our Values

Priority of Education

The educational experience and outcomes of college athletes must be paramount.
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Our Values

Athletes' Health, Safety and Well-Being

Athlete health, safety and well-being must be a guiding imperative.
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Our Values

Fiscal Responsibility

Fiscal responsibility must be demonstrated by prioritizing athlete health and safety, athlete education and campus academics in the allocation of revenues.
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Integrity

Governance must demonstrate integrity and include athletes.
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Values that guide Knight Commission efforts to impact college sports:

Our Impact

The Knight Commission has a legacy of promoting reforms that support
and strengthen the educational mission of college sports.

Improved graduation success of student-athletes

85%

More than 85% of athletes receive degrees.

Championships eligibility tied to academic standards

50%

At least 50% of a team’s players must be on track to graduate in order for the team to be eligible for postseason championships.

Financial incentives tied to academic success

$1.1 BN

Between 2019 and 2032, more than $1.1 billion will be rewarded to institutions for the academic and graduation success of their teams.

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Current Initiatives

Basketball Reforms Highlight Knight Commission May 7 Meeting Agenda

Panelists to discuss proposals from NCAA’s Commission on College Basketball and proposed changes to NCAA transfer rules.

Knight Commission recommendations for Commission on College Basketball

Specific recommendations from 2018 and 2017 to the Commission on College Basketball

NCAA DI College Sports Finances

Financial database on academic and athletics spending trends and figures for “Where the Money Comes From” and “Where the Money Goes” in college sports.

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.@arneduncan on Rice Comm. report: “We still don’t know yet that the NCAA is capable of truly protecting and supporting the education, health, safety, and well-being of student-athletes - and big challenges to the integrity of college basketball persist." kng.ht/2KfkDo8

Co-Chair Carol Cartwright:“We are pleased to see the Rice Commission endorse a longstanding goal of ours, to add independent directors to the @NCAA governing board.This change will improve governance for all of college sports, not just #collegebasketballkng.ht/2HRAI2B

Donald Remy, @NCAA’s chief legal officer, gives an overview of @CondoleezzaRice-led Commission on #CollegeBasketball report at our May 7th meeting @Newseum kng.ht/2JlHyxz

About the Commission

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics was formed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in October 1989 to promote reforms that support and strengthen the educational mission of college sports.

Over the years, the NCAA has adopted a number of the Commission’s recommendations, such as establishing an academic threshold for postseason eligibility, including academic incentives in the NCAA revenue distributions and reducing athletic time demands.

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