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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

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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“This is the moment of opportunity to restore public faith in the NCAA’s ability to be an effective steward of big-money college sports. Business as usual just won’t cut it anymore,” our co-chairs, Carol Cartwright and @arneduncan, write in @chronicle…

Our co-chairs, Carol Cartwright and @arneduncan, write in @chronicle that the #NCAA can only become a true leadership organization “if its governing board and the Division I Board of Directors are controlled by a majority of independent appointees.”…

#NCAA boards must have a majority of independent board members to truly have independent leadership over #collegesports, our co-chairs, Carol Cartwright and @arneduncan, write in @chronicle… via @chronicle

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.