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Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on April 20, 2011
unanimous

Supporting Documents

Date Document & Link Committee
  Knight Commission Report Knight Commission

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RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE KNIGHT COMMISSION REPORT

Whereas, the Knight Commission is widely recognized by universities, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the national media as a leading voice for intercollegiate athletics; and

Whereas, the Knight Commission recommends that clear, comparable and complete financial data must be publicly accessible to improve accountability in intercollegiate athletics and foster meaningful, long-term reform; and

Whereas, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan endorsed these recommendations on March 17, 2011, (details of the recommendations can be found at http://www.knightcommission.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=503&Itemid=166); and

Whereas, the UHM Committee on Athletics has voted to endorse recommendations of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for strengthening accountability of college athletics by requiring greater financial transparency and maintaining academic integrity and refers these proposals to its senate for affirmation; and

Be it resolved that the University of Hawaii at Manoa Faculty Senate endorses the Knight Commission recommendations that all Division I institutions should: 1) make NCAA financial reports public, 2) publish additional information about long-term debt and capital spending in athletics, 3) report annually on growth rates in academic and athletic spending, 4) strengthen the standards for postseason eligibility by requiring teams to be on track to graduate at least 50 percent of their players in order to be eligible for postseason competition, and 5) incorporate an academic component in the revenue distribution formulas for football and basketball postseason revenues.