The Knight Commission has a legacy of leading reforms that strengthen the educational mission of college sports.
90% of Division I college athletes earn degrees.
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.
Between 2019 and 2032, more than $1.1 billion will be rewarded to institutions for the academic and graduation success of their teams.
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.