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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 80% 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

October 30, 2017 Meeting Press Release and Videos

Knight Commission sees integrity of college sports at risk. Highlights and complete video accessible for sessions with Mark Emmert and experts on college football and athlete health and safety.

Knight Commission Calls for Change in College Football Playoff Revenue Distribution

Call to invest revenue for the first time in national initiatives supporting the health and safety of football players and in programs to increase diversity among football coaches.

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

Knight Commission: Make football players' safety a priority

"Ultimately, the distribution of money from big-time college football is not just about dollars but about values," write our co-chair @arneduncan and member @MyronRolle, urging @CFBPlayoff to spend $ on player safety, coaching diversity

"The CFP has an opportunity to show leadership in addressing the mounting cynicism that many Americans now feel about big-time college sports," write our co-chair @arneduncan and member @MyronRolle, in @indystar op-ed

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.