College athletics is challenged by growing pressures coming from many directions — that’s why strengthening integrity in this vital part of higher education is more important than ever.
The current reform movement seeks to address areas that are serious threats to the integrity of college athletics and is committed to the success of student-athletes on the playing field, in the classroom and in life after college.
Working groups were created after the August 2011 Presidential Retreat to find real solutions for improving student-athlete well-being; simplifying NCAA rules; ensuring accountability; and emphasizing fiscal sustainability in Division I. The NCAA member schools and national office are committed to the academic success of student-athletes because we agree that graduating from college is just as important as winning a championship.
Indeed, we believe that everyone plays an important role in improving college athletics. That’s why coaches, student-athletes, faculty athletics representatives, athletics directors, compliance professionals, and presidents and chancellors make up the working groups of the reform movement. We want to hear the best ideas from everyone involved in college athletics. Reform represents a new way of thinking for many; campus leaders will be expected to act proactively. Change is never easy, but the simple truth is that these steps are necessary to protect the integrity of college athletics and the future success of our student-athletes.
Through the presidentially led working groups, the membership proposed scores of reforms to improve student-athlete well-being, enhance academic requirements, address accountability issues and tackle resource concerns. Most changes suggested through this process were adopted by the Division I Board of Directors and remain in place today. These charts provide detail on the status of reforms proposed in five different areas:
- Academics Reform
- Enforcement Reform
- Resource Allocation Reform
- Rules Reform
- Student-Athlete Well-Being Reform