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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 leading reforms that 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

Knight Commission Releases Video and Principles on New Name, Image and Likeness Rules for College Athletes

Watch our new four-minute educational video and view our new set of principles to guide the development of new policies allowing college athletes to earn compensation for the use of their name, image and likeness (NIL).

Knight Commission Examining Major Restructuring of College Sports

The challenges created by the “highly commercialized environment” for Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football and some NCAA Division I sports, particularly men’s basketball, were cited.

NCAA DI College Sports Finances and College Athletics Financial Information (CAFI) Database

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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Narrated by two former #collegesports stars, @ebeisel34 and @davidtheadmiral , this four-minute video explains upcoming #NCAA rule changes that will allow college athletes to earn compensation for the use of their NIL. kng.ht/3aUwO6M

We proposed 5 principles to guide the #NCAA’s development of new policies allowing college athletes to earn compensation for their name, image, and likeness. Read more here: kng.ht/39QetGN #NIL #collegesports

Check out @DMRegister column’s use of our College Athletics Financial Information (CAFI) Database to document big spending and revenue increases at @UIowa and @IowaStateU as it explores future $$ challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. twitter.com/RandyPete/stat…

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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