Report: Connecting Athletics Revenues with the Educational Model of College Sports (C.A.R.E. Model) (2021) 

The Commission released a major proposal to more closely connect the distribution and spending of shared athletics revenues with the broad educational mission of college athletics programs. The C.A.R.E. Model would alter the distribution criteria and uses of funds for more than $3.5 billion distributed annually by the NCAA, CFP, and Division I conferences.

Achieving Racial Equity in College Sports (2021)

The Commission’s new report highlights opportunities and steps to move toward fulfilling the goal of equitable treatment, and places special emphasis on moving from pledge to policy and advocacy to action. We believe the implementation of our recommendations will positively impact the experiences of Black athletes across all of college sports. The NCAA and its member institutions must act now to transform college sports by taking decisive action in four areas:


  1. Closing educational opportunity gaps to create an equitable pathway for Black athletes’ success during and after college.
  2. Holding institutions accountable in recruitment and hiring to achieve diversity and equity in athletics leadership.
  3. Investing in programs that support and enhance Black athletes’ college experience and promote inclusion and belonging.
  4. Creating more equitable opportunities for Black athletes to assume leadership roles, especially in advocacy and governance.

Read the press release here.

Transforming the NCAA D-I Model: Recommendations for Change Report CoverTransforming the NCAA D-I Model: Recommendations for Change (2020)
After a year-long examination, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics called for major governance changes for Division I sports, proposing a new governing entity for the sport of football at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level, separate from the NCAA. The NCAA would govern all other sports in a reorganized Division I governance, and schools with FBS football programs would remain part of the NCAA in all other sports except football. The Commission outlined its recommendations in a new report, Transforming the NCAA D-I Model: Recommendations for Change.

View “Transforming the NCAA D-I Model” video recordings, reports, presentation materials and more.

restoring_balanceRestoring the Balance: Dollars, Values, and the Future of College Sports (2010)
This report aims to set forth reforms that are achievable and that, if implemented, will create a foundation upon which future reforms can build. Our blueprint for restoring educational values and priorities begins with strengthening accountability for athletics programs in three ways: requiring greater transparency and the reporting of better measures to compare athletics spending to academic spending; rewarding practices that make academic values a priority; treating college athletes as students first and foremost — not as professionals.

A Call to Action: Reconnecting College Sports and Higher Education (2001)
A ten-year review of progress made since the original Commission report, calling for a stronger commitment to academic standards in college sports.



Reports of Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics (1991-1993)
The commission’s 1991 report, Keeping Faith with the Student Athlete, called for presidential control of intercollegiate athletics to ensure academic and fiscal integrity verified through a transparent certification process. The 1992 and 1993 reports followed the progress of the Commission’s recommendations. All three reports are included in this document.