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Knight Commission Calls on NCAA to Shorten Basketball Season

[Sessions and audio with experts and researchers on academic performance in men's basketball; and NCAA infractions]

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics held discussions on academic reform, potential changes in the basketball playing season, and changes to penalties for violating National Collegiate Athletic Association rules. The Commission called on the NCAA to shorten the season to reduce the number of missed classes and stress on players. It also commended the association’s academic performance program, but noted that a complex waiver process is threatening to weaken standards designed to hold programs responsible for the academic progress of their players.

Faculty Summit on Intercollegiate Athletics

[Sessions and video with faculty on athletics issues; faculty governance; academic integrity; and strategies ]

The summit included a presentation of findings from the Faculty Perceptions of Intercollegiate Athletics Survey. The survey presentation served as the context for panelists and interactive sessions relating to the role of faculty engagement in athletics issues, faculty governance, academic integrity, case studies of athletics crises, and strategies for faculty to consider.

Knight Commission Urges Presidents to Show Strong Support for Academic Reforms

[Sessions and audio with NCAA staff on academic reforms; and fiscal responsibility]

On the heels of the NCAA’s announcement that 112 Division I teams will be penalized for failing to meet minimum academic performance standards, and are aware that tougher times are ahead, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics strongly urged college presidents to resist pressure to weaken the reforms. The Commission heard and discussed an NCAA report on Division I academic performance standards and also heard Big 12 Commissioner Kevin Weiberg discuss sweeping rules changes addressing academic underperformance by baseball players. Also at the meeting, NCAA officials released financial data showing that only 7 percent (22 of 313) of Division I athletics departments generated more money than they spent when institutional subsidies such as student fees are excluded—contrary to the public perception that athletics departments generate profits for their institutions.

Knight Commission to Meet May 14 to Receive NCAA Reports on Academic and Financial Data and Reforms

William E. “Brit” Kirwan, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, presides over first meeting as co-chairman; NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and Northwestern President Henry Bienen join Commission Who: R. Gerald Turner, President of Southern Methodist University and Co-Chairman of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics William E. “Brit” Kirwan, Chancellor, University System

Knight Commission Meeting

[Sessions and audio with scholars and experts on gender equity in college sports; influences on recruiting athletes; and the role of academics in recruiting athletes]

The session reviewed the state of gender equity in intercollegiate athletics, 35 years after the passage of Title IX; the recruiting environment and process and whether its current state is healthy for prospects, coaches, and institutions; and, academic values in the recruiting process.

Knight Commission Announces Addition

WASHINGTON—Following a working meeting here, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics announced that John J. DeGioia has joined the Commission. President of Georgetown for the past five years, DeGioia has been an administrator and professor at the Washington, D.C., institution since his graduation in 1979. At its meeting, the Knight Commission reviewed a final draft

Knight Commission Poll Finds Americans Deeply Concerned About College Sports

The focus of the summit was academic reform through the eyes of students and athletes. What standards should a college adopt to determine when commercialism in funding research or athletics is too much? Is it only dollars that matters in the search for knowledge? Intercollegiate athletics as a subset of academe also has values. The summit also investigated behavioral issues relating to students and athletes.

Knight Commission Announces Summit On the Collegiate Athlete Experience

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics announced plans to host a Summit on the Collegiate Athlete Experience in January 2006 at George Washington University. The announcement was one of the highlights of a daylong Knight Commission meeting at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel. Academic issues, such as graduation rates, the NCAA’s certification system,

Knight Commission to Meet Nov. 8 in Washington, D.C. to Discuss College Athletes

What:   Knight Commission meeting to review the academic performance of college athletes, reform efforts and the NCAA athletics certification program (agenda below) When: Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005, 8:45 – 12:45 p.m. (EST) Meeting Sessions, Pierce Room, Press Conference, 2:45 p.m., Douglas Room Where: The Willard InterContinental Washington, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Pierce and Douglas

Knight Commission Discusses the Future of Intercollegiate Athletics with Myles Brand and Conference Commissioners

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics met today with NCAA President Myles Brand and conference commissioners and addressed a broad range of challenges facing college sports.  Commissioners discussed and applauded the work of the newly formed NCAA Presidential Task Force on the Future of Intercollegiate Athletics, citing the alignment of its