"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.
I am extremely pleased to see that the academic enterprise and the well-being of student athletes are at the core of their proposals.
There are many constructive ideas in this report. The public release of financing data—including the current NCAA dashboard for Division I college and university presidents—has much to recommend it. I am hopeful that sharing such information will allow institutions to better self-regulate in an important but often misunderstood area of higher education administration.
Also important are recommendations that would strengthen post-season program eligibility standards and additional reporting requirements that could help monitor potential campus spending imbalances between athletics and academics.
I commend the members of the Knight Commission, particularly University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. Kirwan and Southern Methodist University President Gerald Turner, for their commitment to this very important work. I believe they have produced a report that is worthy of much consideration and discussion and am sure that when Mark Emmert joins the NCAA this summer, he will engage the higher education community in a constructive conversation about these and other pressing issues."
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