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ERIC Number: ED535765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 53
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics: Quantitative and Qualitative Research with Football Bowl Subdivision University Presidents on the Costs and Financing of Intercollegiate Athletics. Report of Findings and Implications
Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
The Knight Commission's landmark 1991 report, "Keeping Faith with the Student-Athlete: A New Model for Intercollegiate Athletics," proposed a new "one-plus-three" model for intercollegiate athletics--presidential control directed toward academic integrity, fiscal integrity, and an independent certification process to verify that integrity. Indeed, the "one-plus-three" model provided a roadmap that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and university presidents used to implement academic and governance reforms over the past two decades. Despite the progress made with presidential governance and academic reforms, the escalating costs of competing in big-time intercollegiate sports, especially at Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS, formerly Division IA) institutions, have remained an intractable problem. These circumstances made the need for a new study addressing the increasing costs of intercollegiate athletics especially urgent. The current project focusing on FBS university presidents and their views on the financial state of college athletics and the implications of the cost pressures associated with participation in the FBS comes at a critical time. Universities in the FBS experience these pressures most acutely, and the Commission has not conducted presidential-level research since the early 1990s. The research with the 119 FBS university presidents was completed in two stages. The first, consisting of quantitative research, was conducted from March 18 to May 20, 2009. The second phase consisted of qualitative telephone interviews with FBS presidents who had completed a quantitative interview and agreed to participate in a follow-up discussion. Consistent with the quantitative findings, a very high majority of the presidents interviewed expressed the conviction that greater transparency of the finances of intercollegiate athletics is needed at both the institutional, conference, and national levels. Appended are: (1) Questionnaire for quantitative research interviews; (2) Discussion guide for qualitative research interviews; (3) Top line findings from quantitative research; (4) Quantitative research report; and (5) Letter from Knight Commission co-chairs inviting FBS presidents to participate in study.
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 - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics