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