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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’s Prior Work on Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) Models Highlighted

The Commission has a long track record on this important issue, dating back more than a decade.

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.

Latest News

Latest from Twitter

.@arneduncan #SBJIAF: "To somehow pretend this is still some amateur athletics – that defies reality, that defies common sense...My opinion: is it time to think about a different structure for the @NCAA?”

.@Arneduncan at #SBJIAF: “so many of the lessons that helped me in my life came from trying to be a good teammate...To me the glory is not about going to the pros, it’s about training the next generation of leaders across the country.”

.@ArneDucan #SBJIAF said he had a “radical thought” about big-revenue athletics programs: move them out of @NCAA or create a separate division, “something different, and just let them play by a different set of rules and be honest about it."

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.