ERIC Number: ED356734
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Solid Start. A Report on Reform of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Knight Foundation, Charlotte, NC. Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
This report discusses the growing intercollegiate athletic reform movement by first highlighting the 1992-93 National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) approved reform actions and then discussing the challenges and actions needed for the future. The report indicates that initial progress has been made towards reforming intercollegiate athletics in the areas of academic integrity, financial integrity, and independent certification since the NCAA's approved actions were announced at its 1992 convention, but warns that challenges lie ahead. Remaining issues are expected to be less in the areas of student educational requirements and standards and have more to do with athletics governance, presidential control, financial integrity, and public accountability through certification. It is stressed that presidential support and commitment to enhancing intercollegiate sports embodying the standards and values befitting higher education are crucial elements for the future. Detours from athletic reform that are considered damaging and are cautioned against are in the areas of favoritism (special considerations warranted for favorite sons), and being subjected to federal legislative rule to enforce reform. In this regard, oversight of the rules must be maintained, which entails changing them as participants agree, and enforcing compliance in the event of violation; to do otherwise will threaten the survival of nationwide intercollegiate competition. (GLR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Administrator Role, Athletes, Certification, Change Strategies, College Administration, College Athletics, College Presidents, Compliance (Legal), Educational Change, Evaluation Criteria, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Long Range Planning, Standards
Knight Foundation, Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, 301 South Brevard St., Charlotte, NC 28202.
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Knight Foundation, Charlotte, NC. Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.