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Collaborative Efforts to Strengthen Educational Opportunities Through College Sports

Link here to download as PDF MEMORANDUM To: NCAA Division I Board of Directors NCAA Division I Council Mark A. Emmert, President, National Collegiate Athletic Association From: William E. Kirwan and R. Gerald Turner, Co-Chairmen Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Subject: Collaborative Efforts to Strengthen Educational Opportunities through College Sports Date: March 16, 2015 Over

Tribute to Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, founding co-chairman of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, died February 26, 2015. He was 97. Father Hesburgh was co-chairman with William C. Friday, president emeritus at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, when the Knight Commission was formed in 1989

Knight Commission Announces New Membership Appointments of Walter Harrison, Penelope Ward Kyle, G.P. “Bud” Peterson and Nancy Zimpher

Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Co-Chairmen William E. “Brit” Kirwan, chancellor of the University of Maryland System, and R. Gerald Turner, president at Southern Methodist University, announce the appointment of four new members to the Commission: Walter Harrison, president, University of Hartford; Penelope Ward Kyle, president, Radford University; G.P. “Bud” Peterson, president, Georgia Institute of

Knight Commission Studies Interest in Alternative Division I Competition Models

Link here for the press release in PDF Link here for the study in PDF A Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics study reveals interest among university presidents, athletics administrators, faculty and head coaches in exploring alternative models for Division I competition and administration of different sports that may reduce missed class time and travel costs.

Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Spending Database Challenge Awards

Call for Proposals The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, an initiative of the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, announces a challenge program to support research proposals that use the Commission’s Athletic and Academic Spending Database ( to investigate athletics debt, athletics debt service, or institutional financial support (e.g., student fees, institutional transfers to

Knight Commission Announces Financial Database Workshop & Research Awards

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, Amy Perko and Scott Hirko will present a workshop on the Knight Commission’s NCAA Division I Athletic and Academic Spending Database to attendees at the Association for the Study of Higher Education annual conference in Washington, DC. The workshop will provide an opportunity to learn more about the financial database and its potential

Knight Commission Calls for Refocused Efforts During Unprecedented Period in College Sports

[Sessions and video with NCAA Chief Medical Officer; experts discuss potential new era of college sports relating to financial rewards and athletic opportunities]

Amid mounting pressures on college sports, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics vowed it would intensify its efforts to promote changes that better align athletic programs with institutions’ educational missions. The Commission again emphasized its commitment to efforts that address health and safety, athletic opportunities and financial issues that are putting at risk what is known as the collegiate model.

Concerned that external forces and legal decisions threaten the future of college sports, the Commission urged that the new NCAA governance structure adopt prior Commission recommendations to act first to protect the integrity and sustainability of the collegiate model.

Knight Commission to Discuss New Approaches for the Next Era of College Sports on Sept. 8 in Washington, D.C.

New and future health and safety initiatives will be featured 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 Brian Hainline, chief medical officer, NCAA; Oliver Luck, athletics director, West Virginia University; Alan Ashley,

Colleges Can Help Without an Athletes’ Union

On March 28, the New York Times published on its opinion page the following statement by Knight Commission Executive Director Amy Perko: The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics continues to strongly promote its principle that institutions must treat college athletes as students first and foremost, not as professionals. The commission supports many of the benefits