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Knight Commission, Panelists Call for Stronger Focus on Educational Mission in College Sports

[Sessions and video with experts on academic reforms; NCAA governance; and well-being of athletes]

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics heard passionate dialogue during a meeting here on a range of issues facing college sports, particularly issues of academics and well-being for college athletes. The Commission also announces latest update to its athletic and academic spending database

Knight Commission Meeting on March 17 to Discuss Major Changes Proposed for College Sports

New benefits for college athletes among the issues to be discussed Who: The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, co-chaired by William E. “Brit” Kirwan, chancellor, University System of Maryland and R. Gerald Turner, president, Southern Methodist University, will be joined by Nathan Hatch, chair, NCAA Board of Directors and president, Wake Forest University; Bob Bowlsby,

Knight Commission Launches Groundbreaking, Interactive College Sports Spending Database

Users can examine trends as sports spending rises and academic spending remains stagnant Dec. 4, 2013 – The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics releases today its Athletic and Academic Spending Database for NCAA Division I (http://spendingdatabase.knightcommission.org/) to provide greater transparency for athletics finances and better measures to compare trends in academic and athletic spending. The

Knight Commission Recommendations on NCAA Governance and Related Issues

CLICK HERE for this memo in PDF. MEMORANDUM To: David Berst, NCAA Vice President for Division I From: Amy Perko, Executive Director, Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Subject: Knight Commission recommendations on NCAA governance and related issues Date: October 15, 2013 On August 6, 2013, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics sent a memorandum to

Knight Commission Memorandum to NCAA President Mark Emmert and NCAA Board of Directors on NCAA Governance and Related Issues

LINK HERE to download as a PDF MEMORANDUM To: Mark Emmert, President, National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA Division I Board of Directors From: William E. Kirwan and R. Gerald Turner, Co-Chairmen, Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Subject: Recommendations on NCAA governance and related Division I issues Date: August 6, 2013 The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate

Updated Financial Data

In its 2010 report, the Knight Commission recommended greater transparency of athletics finances for college sports noting that “real long-term progress in athletics financing across all NCAA Division I institutions requires the availability of clear, comparable, and complete financial data, together with strategies to improve accountability. The Commission also introduced new financial metrics that could

Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics 2011-12 Research Grants Initiative

Shaping policy and practice in intercollegiate athletics for the benefit of students and institutions Executive summary (PDF) Background In May 2011, the Knight Commission announced a new initiative to fund research on policy issues in college sports. The program was intended to enhance the Commission’s long-standing legacy of recommending policy changes to improve the management

Tribute to William C. Friday

Tribute to William C. Friday (July 13, 1920 – Oct. 12, 2012) William C. Friday, the founding co-chairman of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, died on Friday, Oct. 12. He served as co-chairman when the Commission issued its landmark 1991 report calling for reforms to produce presidential control, academic and financial integrity in college

Growing Impact of High Financial Stakes in College Sports Highlighted at Knight Commission Meeting

[Sessions and audio with researchers about the role of athletics relating to institutional finances, student tuition and fees ]

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics met in Washington, D.C. to hear research reports from higher education experts and scholars that reaffirmed the need for different policy approaches and stronger board oversight in college sports.

Research findings highlighted the widening divide in college sports between the “haves” and “have-nots,” and its potential impact on institutional finances, student tuition and fees. The divide also reveals itself in votes on NCAA rules that impact athlete well-being, academic standards and “the collegiate model.”