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Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Statement on NCAA Action to Add Independent Directors to the NCAA Board of Governors

The Knight Commission applauds the vote by NCAA member colleges and universities to add five independent directors to the NCAA’s highest governing board. The Commission first recommended in 2013 that the NCAA take this step, and it reiterated and expanded this recommendation last year in response to the men’s basketball scandal – urging that both

The Legacy and Lessons of the Godmother of Title IX

On January 5, Bernice Resnick Sandler, known as the godmother of Title IX, died at the age of 90. Knight Commission co-chairs Arne Duncan and Carol Cartwright honor her legacy and highlight the lessons college sports reformers can learn from her tireless efforts in this January 14 tribute on The legacy and lessons of

Knight Commission Urges Financial Transparency of Shoe and Apparel Income and Certified Training for Coaches

For Public Release Oct. 29, 2018 Photos available.  Videos and presentation materials available. Agenda and list of meeting participants available here. Washington, D.C. — In the wake of last week’s felony convictions for pay-to-play college basketball schemes, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics today pressed the NCAA to establish more demanding standards for oversight, including

Knight Commission Announces New Membership Appointments of Eric Barron, Pam Bernard, Michael Crow, Jacques McClendon, and Jill Pilgrim

Knight Foundation CEO Alberto Ibargüen and Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Co-Chairs Carol Cartwright and Arne Duncan have announced the appointment of five new members to the Commission: Eric Barron, Pamela J. Bernard, Michael M. Crow, Jacques McClendon, and Jill Pilgrim. “This diverse group of new members brings a range of life experiences and exceptional

The NCAA Is Too Far Gone For Incremental Reform

Commentary from Knight Commission co-chairs Arne Duncan and Carol Cartwright published for The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Link here for the full article. “At its spring meeting last month, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics made a radical recommendation. We urged the NCAA to shift from being a membership association — with inherent conflicts of interest — to being

Presidents and Trustees Have a Rare Opportunity to Remake College Sports for the Better

Opinion from Knight Commission co-chairs Carol Cartwright and Arne Duncan posted on the blog of the Association of Governing Boards (AGB).  Link here for the full post. “The recent scandal that shook college basketball, while deeply troubling, gives university presidents and institutional boards a unique leadership opportunity to restore public confidence in the oversight and

Knight Commission Urges Tougher NCAA Reforms to Regain Public Confidence in College Sports

[Session and video with NCAA chief legal officer and experts regarding Commission on College Basketball proposals and transfer rules]

Group Seeks Reforms That Go Beyond Rice Commission Proposals for Basketball Photos available for public use, with credit to: Lisa Helfert/Knight Commission.  Link here. Videos available: Overview of Commission on College Basketball proposals. Link here. Discussion of proposed changes to college basketball. Link here. Proposed changes to transfer rules. Link here. Press conference with Arne