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ERIC Number: ED526342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Restoring the Balance: Dollars, Values, and the Future of College Sports
Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
Almost 20 years ago, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics released a landmark report about major college athletics. It criticized low athlete-graduation rates, questionable academic standards, and the increasing tendency of athletics programs to operate independently of university oversight. The trustees of the Knight Foundation feared that these persistent problems, found in all too many major college sports programs, threatened the very integrity of higher education. The report created a detailed roadmap for reforming college sports and was quickly embraced by higher education leaders. Since then, presidents and other leaders of Division I institutions have done much to improve governance policies and to raise academic expectations. The result has been better classroom outcomes for athletes and greater accountability for their coaches, teams, and institutions. Yet while everyone is proud that the Commission's 1991 report and its subsequent work have had a positive impact, everyone is acutely aware of how much remains undone. Most urgent of the remaining goals set out in the Commission's 1991 report is financial reform. The costs of competing in big-time intercollegiate sports have soared. Rates of spending growth are breathtaking. This financial arms race threatens the continued viability of athletics programs and the integrity of universities. It cannot be maintained. This report sets forth reforms that are achievable and that, if implemented, will create a foundation upon which future reforms can build. The blueprint for restoring educational values and priorities begins with strengthening accountability for intercollegiate athletics in three ways: (1) Requiring greater transparency and the reporting of better measures to compare athletics spending to academic spending; (2) Rewarding practices that make academic values a priority; (3) Treating college athletes as students first and foremost--not as professionals. (Contains 5 figures and 4 endnotes.)
Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. Available from: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 200 South Biscayne Boulevard Suite 3300, Miami, FL 33131. Tel: 305-908-2600; Fax: 305-908-2698; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Authoring Institution: Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics