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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

Knight Commission Urges Tougher NCAA Reforms to Regain Public Confidence in College Sports

Group Seeks Reforms That Go Beyond Rice Commission Proposals for Basketball

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.

Latest News

Latest from Twitter

.@JayBilas made case for #NCAA athletes to be allowed to use their NILs to earn $$ at #KnightSports May 7 meeting @SportsLawGuy proposed an interesting model at our 2016 meeting. #collegesports

With interest gaining on letting #NCAA athletes earn money for their NILs, check out a proposal by @SportsLawGuy at our 2016 meeting and related discussion with former #NBA senior VP Joel Litvin and @OU_MBB Lon Kruger. and

.@Condoleezza Rice-led commission and @JayBilas see future where #collegesports athletes are compensated for their names, images and likenesses. See video of our 2016 discussion with @SportsLawGuy and @OU_MBB Head Coach Lon Kruger about such model here:

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.