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It is the goal of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics to ensure that intercollegiate athletics programs operate within the educational mission of their colleges and universities.

  • A Leadership Seminar on Division I College Athletics

    Hosted by the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics in partnership with the Division 1-A Athletic Directors' Association and the Association of Governing Boards

    Pre-Meeting Seminar at the American Council on Education annual meeting
    8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, CA, Pacific Suite A

    [Registration Required: Limited to first 40 registrants. Registration fee covered by the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics]

    TO REGISTER - CLICK HERE

    Summary:

    Due to the high visibility of athletics at many Division I universities, the athletics program presents opportunities for institutional benefits but it also can put the institution at great risk – academically, financially and legally. Unprecedented litigation and public debate aimed at altering the fundamental structure of Division I college sports are intensifying the challenges in managing athletics.

    Most new university leaders have little direct engagement with university athletic departments until they are sitting in the president’s chair. Surveys sponsored by the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics show that presidents believe strongly in the value of college sports, but they have deep-seated concerns about the governance and financial stability of athletic programs. Many are unsure about how to address these issues on their own campuses, in their athletic conferences, and nationally through organizations such as the NCAA.

    To prepare leaders to address such issues, the Knight Commission is partnering with the Division I-A Athletic Directors Association and the Association of Governing Boards to provide a seminar for new and aspiring college presidents of Division I institutions to provide them with essential background on current issues and best practices in the management of college athletics.

    This seminar will be held in advance of the annual meeting of the American Council on Education on Saturday, March 12, 2016. It is open to current and aspiring college leaders by special registration. The seminar is limited to the first 40 registered participants.

    Tentative Schedule:

    8:30-9:00 a.m. Coffee and Registration

    9:00-9:45 a.m. Introduction and Remarks/Q&A (Knight Commission sponsored)
    Presenters: William E. Kirwan, Knight Commission Co-Chairman and Chancellor Emeritus, University System of Maryland and Janet Hill, trustee, Duke University and Knight Commission member

    9:45 -11:00 a.m. Managing the trustee-president relationship: Who’s accountable for athletics and what are the limits
    Hosted by Association of Governing Boards: Presenter: John T. Casteen III, president emeritus, University of Virginia

    11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Break

    11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Working with your athletics director to achieve university goals
    Hosted by the Division IA Athletic Directors Association: Presenters, Tom McMillen, CEO, Division IA Athletics Directors Association and Ted Leland, athletics director, University of the Pacific

    12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch presentation on national issues and trends regarding diversity and inclusion in college sports
    Presenter: Patti Phillip, executive director, National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators

    1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Roundtable discussion of all issues with all presenters

    ** ACE reception for chancellors/presidents begins at 5:30 p.m.

  • While the intercollegiate athletics environment today differs greatly from that which existed in 1989 when the Knight Commission was formed, it is unquestionable that many of the positive changes in college sports since then would not have occurred were it not for the Commission’s clear voice and consistent pressure to emphasize the “college” in college sports.

    At the NCAA’s January 2005 convention, NCAA President Myles Brand awarded William Friday the Gerald R. Ford Award, noting that under the leadership of Bill Friday and the first Ford award recipient, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, “…the Commission made an extraordinary contribution to the future of intercollegiate athletics with its landmark 1991 report and call for greater presidential involvement.” He continued, “Bill and the Commission had it exactly right. The reforms of the last dozen years to ensure the academic success of student-athletes and align intercollegiate athletics with the mission of higher education can be traced to the enhanced role college and university presidents have played in the governance of college sports.”

    While the Knight Commission has no formal authority, many of its recommendations have been acted upon at the national, conference or institutional level.

    CLICK HERE for an overview of the Knight Commission’s impact, recommendations and actions. 

  • The Knight Commission’s athletic and academic spending database allows users to compare athletic and academic spending trends for NCAA Division I public institutions, athletic conferences, and divisions.

    CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE DATABASE. CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS RELEASE


    Latest Tweets

    KnightAthletics Learn more about our three new members: @arneduncan, Paul Tagliabue and Anna Spangler Nelson https://t.co/hOzFTrSKyE
    KnightAthletics .@UNC Board of Governors member Anna Spangler Nelson will be one of three new members on the Commission. Her bio: https://t.co/D9cXi6C1wD
    KnightAthletics Tagliabue says the Commission understands “economics of #highered & escalating costs of intercollegiate athletics” https://t.co/D9cXi6C1wD

     

  • Collaborative Efforts to Strengthen Educational Opportunities through College Sports

    The Knight Commission shared key principles and ideas that it continues to promote with NCAA President Mark Emmert and members of the new NCAA Division I Board of Directors and Division I Council in a March 16, 2015 memorandum. This communication occurs at a time when the NCAA Division I is implementing a new governance structure while also addressing unprecedented legal challenges to the current model of intercollegiate athletics. Read the memo HERE.

    Knight Commission Studies Interest in Alternative Division I Competition Models

    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. The study was conducted to assess interest in whether different structures in various sports might offset the challenging effects of some conferences’ newly enlarged geographic footprints.

    The study, “Exploring a Division I Model Federated by Sport,” was administered by the Center for Research in Intercollegiate Athletics, with assistance from Collegiate Sports Associates, and is intended to serve as a resource to Division I institutions as they discuss many topics emerging within the newly established rules-making structure.

    Read the complete press release HERE. Access the study report HERE.


    Division I Model and Governance Review

    The Knight Commission recently completed its 18-month examination of the Division I model and governance—an examination it called for at its October 24, 2011 meeting. The Commission’s recommendations were conveyed to the NCAA Board of Directors and NCAA President Mark Emmert in an August 6 memorandum.


    Latest Tweets

    KnightAthletics Learn more about our three new members: @arneduncan, Paul Tagliabue and Anna Spangler Nelson https://t.co/hOzFTrSKyE
    KnightAthletics .@UNC Board of Governors member Anna Spangler Nelson will be one of three new members on the Commission. Her bio: https://t.co/D9cXi6C1wD
    KnightAthletics Tagliabue says the Commission understands “economics of #highered & escalating costs of intercollegiate athletics” https://t.co/D9cXi6C1wD

ACE Seminar Register

A Leadership Seminar on Division I College Athletics

Hosted by the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics in partnership with the Division 1-A Athletic Directors' Association and the Association of Governing Boards

Pre-Meeting Seminar at the American Council on Education annual meeting
8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, CA, Pacific Suite A

[Registration Required: Limited to first 40 registrants. Registration fee covered by the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics]

TO REGISTER - CLICK HERE

Summary:

Due to the high visibility of athletics at many Division I universities, the athletics program presents opportunities for institutional benefits but it also can put the institution at great risk – academically, financially and legally. Unprecedented litigation and public debate aimed at altering the fundamental structure of Division I college sports are intensifying the challenges in managing athletics.

Most new university leaders have little direct engagement with university athletic departments until they are sitting in the president’s chair. Surveys sponsored by the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics show that presidents believe strongly in the value of college sports, but they have deep-seated concerns about the governance and financial stability of athletic programs. Many are unsure about how to address these issues on their own campuses, in their athletic conferences, and nationally through organizations such as the NCAA.

To prepare leaders to address such issues, the Knight Commission is partnering with the Division I-A Athletic Directors Association and the Association of Governing Boards to provide a seminar for new and aspiring college presidents of Division I institutions to provide them with essential background on current issues and best practices in the management of college athletics.

This seminar will be held in advance of the annual meeting of the American Council on Education on Saturday, March 12, 2016. It is open to current and aspiring college leaders by special registration. The seminar is limited to the first 40 registered participants.

Tentative Schedule:

8:30-9:00 a.m. Coffee and Registration

9:00-9:45 a.m. Introduction and Remarks/Q&A (Knight Commission sponsored)
Presenters: William E. Kirwan, Knight Commission Co-Chairman and Chancellor Emeritus, University System of Maryland and Janet Hill, trustee, Duke University and Knight Commission member

9:45 -11:00 a.m. Managing the trustee-president relationship: Who’s accountable for athletics and what are the limits
Hosted by Association of Governing Boards: Presenter: John T. Casteen III, president emeritus, University of Virginia

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Working with your athletics director to achieve university goals
Hosted by the Division IA Athletic Directors Association: Presenters, Tom McMillen, CEO, Division IA Athletics Directors Association and Ted Leland, athletics director, University of the Pacific

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch presentation on national issues and trends regarding diversity and inclusion in college sports
Presenter: Patti Phillip, executive director, National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Roundtable discussion of all issues with all presenters

** ACE reception for chancellors/presidents begins at 5:30 p.m.

Impact

While the intercollegiate athletics environment today differs greatly from that which existed in 1989 when the Knight Commission was formed, it is unquestionable that many of the positive changes in college sports since then would not have occurred were it not for the Commission’s clear voice and consistent pressure to emphasize the “college” in college sports.

At the NCAA’s January 2005 convention, NCAA President Myles Brand awarded William Friday the Gerald R. Ford Award, noting that under the leadership of Bill Friday and the first Ford award recipient, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, “…the Commission made an extraordinary contribution to the future of intercollegiate athletics with its landmark 1991 report and call for greater presidential involvement.” He continued, “Bill and the Commission had it exactly right. The reforms of the last dozen years to ensure the academic success of student-athletes and align intercollegiate athletics with the mission of higher education can be traced to the enhanced role college and university presidents have played in the governance of college sports.”

While the Knight Commission has no formal authority, many of its recommendations have been acted upon at the national, conference or institutional level.

CLICK HERE for an overview of the Knight Commission’s impact, recommendations and actions. 

Spending Database

The Knight Commission’s athletic and academic spending database allows users to compare athletic and academic spending trends for NCAA Division I public institutions, athletic conferences, and divisions.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE DATABASE. CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS RELEASE


Latest Tweets

KnightAthletics Learn more about our three new members: @arneduncan, Paul Tagliabue and Anna Spangler Nelson https://t.co/hOzFTrSKyE
KnightAthletics .@UNC Board of Governors member Anna Spangler Nelson will be one of three new members on the Commission. Her bio: https://t.co/D9cXi6C1wD
KnightAthletics Tagliabue says the Commission understands “economics of #highered & escalating costs of intercollegiate athletics” https://t.co/D9cXi6C1wD

 

Current Initiatives

Collaborative Efforts to Strengthen Educational Opportunities through College Sports

The Knight Commission shared key principles and ideas that it continues to promote with NCAA President Mark Emmert and members of the new NCAA Division I Board of Directors and Division I Council in a March 16, 2015 memorandum. This communication occurs at a time when the NCAA Division I is implementing a new governance structure while also addressing unprecedented legal challenges to the current model of intercollegiate athletics. Read the memo HERE.

Knight Commission Studies Interest in Alternative Division I Competition Models

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. The study was conducted to assess interest in whether different structures in various sports might offset the challenging effects of some conferences’ newly enlarged geographic footprints.

The study, “Exploring a Division I Model Federated by Sport,” was administered by the Center for Research in Intercollegiate Athletics, with assistance from Collegiate Sports Associates, and is intended to serve as a resource to Division I institutions as they discuss many topics emerging within the newly established rules-making structure.

Read the complete press release HERE. Access the study report HERE.


Division I Model and Governance Review

The Knight Commission recently completed its 18-month examination of the Division I model and governance—an examination it called for at its October 24, 2011 meeting. The Commission’s recommendations were conveyed to the NCAA Board of Directors and NCAA President Mark Emmert in an August 6 memorandum.


Latest Tweets

KnightAthletics Learn more about our three new members: @arneduncan, Paul Tagliabue and Anna Spangler Nelson https://t.co/hOzFTrSKyE
KnightAthletics .@UNC Board of Governors member Anna Spangler Nelson will be one of three new members on the Commission. Her bio: https://t.co/D9cXi6C1wD
KnightAthletics Tagliabue says the Commission understands “economics of #highered & escalating costs of intercollegiate athletics” https://t.co/D9cXi6C1wD