- R. Gerald Turner, Chancellor of Southern Methodist University and Vice Chairman of the Knight Commission of Intercollegiate Athletics
- Clifton R. Wharton Jr., Former Chairman and CEO of TIAA-CREF and Vice Chairman of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
- Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and ex officio member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
- Other members of the Knight Commission including new members
Knight Commission meeting to review the academic performance of college athletes, reform efforts and the NCAA athletics certification program (agenda below)
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005, 8:45 – 12:45 p.m. (EST) Meeting Sessions,
Pierce Room, Press Conference, 2:45 p.m., Douglas Room
The Willard InterContinental Washington,
1401 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.,
Pierce and Douglas Rooms,
For more information, interview set-up or to RSVP please contact: Stacy Garrett at 202.667.0901 or email@example.com.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Knight Commission begins its work for the 2005-06 academic year with a meeting to discuss the implementation of the NCAA’s new academic performance program for college athletes, and to review academic performance data. The Commission will discuss the changes made to the academic performance program with Walt Harrison, chair of the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance, and discuss the appeals process with Britton Banowsky, the chair of the appeals subcommittee.
The Commission also will examine the NCAA’s athletics certification program, which has been in place since 1993. The Commission advocated for the adoption of the certification process in its 1991 landmark report—Keeping Faith with the Student-Athlete.
Finally, representatives of faculty groups that have endorsed other reform proposals will address the Commission.
This will be the first meeting for several new members of the commission, including USA Basketball president Val Ackerman and NFL Hall of Fame member Steve Largent. This will also be the first meeting for Alberto Ibargüen, former publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, since assuming the position of president and CEO of Knight Foundation in July. Thomas K. Hearn Jr., chairman of the Commission and president emeritus of Wake Forest University, will be unable to attend.
Information on the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics including downloadable reports and pictures of Commission members can be found on www.knightcommission.org.
About the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
The Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics was formed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in October 1989 in response to more than a decade of highly visible scandals in college sports. The goal of the commission was to study and report on reform efforts that recognize and emphasize academic values in a climate in which commercialization of college sports often overshadowed the underlying goals of higher education. The commission, which presented recommendations in a series of reports in the early 1990s and in the subsequent A Call to Action in 2001, continues to monitor and report on progress in increasing presidential control, academic integrity, financial integrity and independent certification of athletics programs.
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes excellence in journalism worldwide and invests in the vitality of 26 U.S. communities.
Tuesday, November 8
8:45 – 10:00 a.m., Pierce Room
NCAA Athletics Certification Panel (open to the media)
10:15 – 11:30 a.m., Pierce Room
Academic Performance Program update and presentation of data related to initial eligibility; academic progress rates; and graduation rates (open to the media),
11:45 – 12:45 p.m., Pierce Room
Faculty Panel to discuss academic reform proposals and athlete well-being issues (open to the media),
2:45 p.m. Press Conference (open to the media), Douglas Room (second floor)
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