COIA Steering Committee

The revised by-laws of the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA) called for a restructuring of the COIA Steering Committee into nine positions to better enact COIA business and to help ensure a smaller, more committed and active representation of the COIA member universities’ interests.

The following individuals have been elected to fill the nine positions on the 2017-18 COIA Steering Committee.  We are very pleased to have such distinguished, and committed, faculty scholars on the new Steering Committee.

Please contact any of the new Steering Committee members if you have any questions, and please give them thanks for their willingness to serve.

Joan King (Louisiana State University) Vice-Chair

Bonnie Ownley (University of Tennessee): Chair

Jane Albrecht (Wake Forest University)

Lawrence Gramling (University of Connecticut)

Scott Gwozdz (University of Colorado at Boulder)

Kelley Withy (University of Hawaii)

Adrien Bouchet (University of Tulsa)

John Putman (San Diego State University)

Mike Bowen (University of South Florida): Immediate Past-Chair



2019 COIA Meeting: February 22-3, 2019

The site and dates for the 2019 Annual COIA Meeting have been set:  the meeting will take place at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on the night of Friday February 22 and continues through Saturday February 23, 2019. Housing will be at the Crown Plaza Hotel. More information will be available soon.

Please make plans to attend the meeting!  There is much to discuss, people to meet, and even more to do!  The meeting agenda will be posted here as it develops.

2017 Annual Meeting Report

The 2017 (14th) Annual Meeting of the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA) was held from Friday, February 17, through Sunday afternoon, February 19, 2017, at Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC.  The meeting was graciously and well hosted by WFU Professor of Romance Languages, and long-term COIA Steering Committee member, Jane Albrecht.  Our efforts were guided by consultant Jean Frankel at the meeting.  We owe her a deep debt of gratitude for her productive efforts on our behalf.

The Meeting report was compiled in two separate documents, one for each day of the meeting:

The report for the Saturday, February 18, 2017, sessions is HERE.

The report for the Sunday, February 19, 2017, sessions is HERE.



At the meeting, a new mission statement was written and approved for the coalition:

“To promote academic excellence, integrity and student well-being in intercollegiate athletics.”

The meeting also produced a vision statement for the coalition moving forward:

“Faculty mobilizing faculty to enhance the student-athlete experience.”


Core Values and Beliefs

As developed by those attending the annual meeting, February, 2017:

  • Student Athletes are Students First
  • Academic Integrity
  • Scholarship and Critical inquiry
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness
  • Financial Responsibility and Sustainability of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Transparency and Open Dialogue
  • Protection of Student health and Safety



Following the passage of the bylaws’ revision, elections are now scheduled to fill the Chair, Vice-ChairSecretary and five remaining Steering Committee positions.

We will soon be asking for a vote on the nominations for the following EIGHT Steering Committee positions for COIA, as designated in our bylaws:

Chair   2020
Vice Chair   2020
Secretary   2019
Committee Heads (3):    
             Administration & Communication   2018
             Academic Integrity   2019
             Student-Athlete Welfare   2020
At-Large SC Member   2018
At-Large SC Member   2019
Immediate Past Chair*   2020

 * The Immediate past chair position will be filled by Outgoing Chair Mike Bowen who has agreed to serve, his term expiring 2020.


Besides electing our Steering Committee, here is a tentative table of the actions decided upon at the annual meeting for over the summer and beyond:

By April 15, 2017 Senate Presidents and COIA representatives receive for review and comment a few minor changes to the approved, amended bylaws; no substantive changes are being considered at this time.
By May 25, 2017 Those interested in serving on the COIA Steering Committee, please submit a short bio (limit: one page), or, a link to your faculty web page, to Larry Gramling
By June 15, 2017 Deadline for comments from the membership on the proposed minor changes to the bylaws.
By June 15, 2017 Slate of nominated steering committee members released to members for a vote.
On July 15, 2017 Close of vote on steering committee members. Results announced to the membership on July 17, 2017.  (Still pending)
On July 15, 2017 Final suggested changes to the bylaws sent to all members for a vote.  (Still pending)
On November 15, 2017 Close of vote on amendments to by-laws. Results released to membership



The Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA; the Coalition) is an alliance of faculty senates from NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools. COIA’s mission is to provide a national faculty voice on intercollegiate sports issues. Areas of concern include academic integrity and quality, student-athlete welfare, campus governance of intercollegiate athletics, commercialization, and fiscal responsibility. The Coalition is committed to the development of effective strategies and proposals for significant, long-term reform in college athletics. COIA works with university faculties, administrations, trustee boards, and national associations concerned with higher education, to implement these strategies and proposals.

Currently, FBS schools that have faculty senates are eligible to be members of COIA. During the past several years, COIA has produced a number of white papers and other documents that lay out recommendations for reform. These recommendations offer best practices that can be used by schools to examine their own policies and practices with regard to intercollegiate athletics. Many of these recommendations have also been discussed with the NCAA as possible action items.

The faculty governance body of any NCAA FBS school can be a member of COIA (see How to Join COIA). We are an ad hoc group and operate without staff or budget. Our direction is determined by our member senates, and we warmly welcome any NCAA Division IA senate that votes to join the COIA on the basis of a general agreement with the principles laid out in our policy papers and reports.

What’s New in COIA?

Welcome Texas State University!

At their April, 2017 meeting, the Texas State University Faculty Senate has, by majority vote, agreed to join the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics.  TXST Faculty Senate President Michel Conroy will also serve as the school’s COIA representative.

COIA 2016 Annual Meeting Notes

Notes from the 2016 Annual Meeting have been compiled and can be downloaded HERE.

COIA 2015 Annual Report from the Steering Committee

The 2015 Annual report has been released and can be downloaded HERE.

COIA statement on the NCAA reorganization plan

COIA has released a statement on the NCAA’s reorganization plan. HERE.

Excerpts from the 1929 Carnegie Foundation Report

Following the controversial NCAA restructuring approved August 7, 2014, we thought it would be interesting to look at an extremely detailed, analytical report on the state of intercollegiate athletics in 1929.  Looking at the document, it would indeed seem that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

COIA Steering Committee member Gary Engstrand (University of Minnesota) put together the following excerpts from that report for us.  His introduction follows:

“American College Athletics by Howard Savage, Bulletin Number Twenty-Three of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, was published in 1929 following an extensive study of college athletic programs across the United States.  Five Foundation staff members visited 130 institutions in the late 1920s; the final report was over 300 pages plus appendices.  The excerpts provided here (with the permission of the Carnegie Foundation) are intended to highlight the similarities between the situation in college athletics in the 1920s and college athletics today, nearly 100 years later.” DOWNLOAD THE EXCERPTS HERE.

Letter for Presidents

COIA releases Letter for Presidents HERE.

COIA Welcomes New Members

Rice University and the University of Akron are the newest members of COIA. An updated membership listing is available as a downloadable spreadsheet HERE.

COIA Concerns

A .pdf version of the recent letter sent to NCAA Executive Committee President Lu K. Anna Simon, NCAA D1 Board President Nathan Hatch, and NCAA President Mark Emmert voicing our concerns about the latest NCAA reorganization proposal can be found HERE.

COIA statement on the NCAA Division I Restructuring Override Vote

COIA has released a statement on the override vote request: HERE.

COIA’s suggested NCAA Mission statement: HERE.

COIA Concussion Survey

The report on the recent COIA Concussion Survey, done in cooperation with Brian Hainline, the NCAA’s Chief Medical Officer has been released and is available HERE.

Principles and Proposals Concerning NCAA Division 1 Restructuring

COIA Position Paper – October 2013


2013 COIA Best Practices Report

The 2013 National COIA Meeting was devoted to preparing a constructive set of best practices, or a “tool-kit,” specifically designed to increase faculty engagement in the governance of intercollegiate athletics in the context of the new NCAA reform initiatives.  As the only national organization representing elected faculty governance bodies, COIA is uniquely positioned to both develop such a tool kit and then help roll it out at our universities for implementation.  The NCAA leadership has actively participated in this project.  Please click here to read the full draft statement.

Also see:
Preparing for NCAA Partial Deregulation of Intercollegiate Athletics Ensuring a Faculty Role in a New Regulatory Structure.  Overview of Plenary and Break-Out Group Sessions. COIA National Meeting, February 2-3, 2013.

New COIA Members: Nevada-Las Vegas and U Mass-Amherst

COIA is pleased to announce that, by votes of their respective faculty governance bodies, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst have become the 60th and 61st members of our coalition. A special thanks to Nancy Lough (Professor of Educational Psychology & Higher Education at UNLV and new COIA rep) and Ernest May (Professor of Music and Secretary of the U Mass-Amherst Faculty Senate) for their leadership in making this happen. COIA welcomes its newest members.

COIA/John Curley Center for Sports Journalism articles published in Journal of Intercollegiate Sport

Most universities with big-time sports programs have not used all the tools at their disposal to protect academic integrity and improve transparency and accountability of intercollegiate athletics on their campuses, according to a national survey conducted by the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA) and researchers at Penn State. Read more about the COIA/Curley Center survey and case studies of six high-scoring institutions…

Or download the full articles in the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport at the links below:

Integration of Athletics and Academics: Survey of Practices at FBS Schools
By John S. Nichols
, Thomas F. Corrigan, & Marie Hardin

Case Studies in Athletic-Academic Integration: A Closer Look at Schools that Implement COIA’s Best Practices
By Thomas F. Corrigan, Marie Hardin, & John S. Nichols

The full issue of Journal of Intercollegiate Sport is available here