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Our Values

Priority of Education

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

Athletes' Health, Safety and Well-Being

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


Governance must demonstrate integrity and include athletes.
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


More than 85% of athletes receive degrees.

Championships eligibility tied to academic standards


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.

More about our impact

Current Initiatives

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From 2012-2017, total revenues for .@SEC publics from NCAA/Conference Distributions, Media Rights, and Postseason Football rose 109% to $651 million, after adjusting for inflation - the highest total among FBS conferences.… #SECMD19 #collegefootball

In 2017, among 110 public institutions in FBS, compensation for coaches and support staff totaled $2.83 billion, while athletic student aid totaled $1.1 billion. #collegefootball #collegesports

From 2012-2017, total spending on football by .@SEC publics grew by 74% to $464 million, after adjusting for inflation - the most in #collegefootball. #SECMD19…

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.