Institutional Accountability

The final principle in the Knight Commission’s one-plus-three model is accountability through a certification process that requires an in-depth institutional self-study and peer review.  The NCAA adopted a certification process in 1993 that clearly reflected the Commission’s road map for reform, as the four key areas in the self-study included:  governance, academic integrity, financial integrity and equity, welfare and sportsmanship.  Although the program has been streamlined since its adoption, it continues to focus on academic and financial issues.

The Commission concluded its landmark report, Keeping Faith with the Student-Athlete, with a Statement of Principles to guide institutions in their participation in intercollegiate athletics. We find these principles to be just as applicable today as they were in 1991. We commend them to campus administrators and boards of trustees for their consideration and support.