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  • Many college and university presidents by necessity are directly involved in the management and oversight of athletics on their campuses. Off the field, issues range from complying with Title IX, which has become shorthand for gender equity in school and college sports, to ensuring that academic values remain the core of a college athlete’s experience. A vital part of this oversight is the work of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, founded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in 1989. Co-chaired by William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, and R. Gerald Turner, president of Southern Methodist University, the commission’s charge is to ensure that intercollegiate athletic programs operate within the educational mission of their institutions.

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    Myth: College Sports Are a Cash Cow

    Most colleges subsidize their athletics programs, sometimes to startling degrees. College sports can be a marvelous value experience and a focal point for community-building. But only a few colleges have programs that can provide such benefits without imposing significant costs on their institutions.

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    September 21, 2015

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    A Closer Look at Black Male Student-Athletes

    ​Black male student-athletes, who comprise about nine percent of the 1.8 million full-time undergraduate men enrolled at colleges and universities with NCAA Division I teams, are the focus of the latest installment of Higher Ed Spotlight.

  • June 17, 2010

    Statement of ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Knight Commission Report

    In its new report, Restoring the Balance: Dollars, Values, and the Future of College Sports, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics builds on its previous research—as well as the good work of the NCAA and others—to lay out specific recommendations for enhancing transparency and accountability in the financing of intercollegiate athletics.

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    April 20, 2010

    TUESDAY BUZZ: Obama Administration Announces Revised Title IX Compliance Policy

    Vice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan today announced a change to Title IX compliance requirements for colleges and universities, reversing a 2005 policy that allows institutions to comply by using electronic surveys to measure female students’ interest in athletics.

  • Higher Ed Spotlight: Black Male Division I Basketball and Football Student-Athletes

    Black male student-athletes comprise roughly 9% of the 1.8 million full-time undergraduate men enrolled at colleges and universities with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I intercollegiate teams. Within athletics, black men make up 56% of basketball team members and 47% of football team members.


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