Please Join Us for the COIA National Meeting 2024!

Join us for the 2024 COIA meeting at The Bush School, Washington DC. 1620 L St NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036 (For more information on the venue, please click HERE)

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COIA National Meeting 2024 Draft Agenda

On April 19th, 2024, COIA will host the 2024 Annual Meeting. The current draft agenda is below.


2024 Annual Meeting of the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA)

What Role Should The Faculty Play In The Changing Athletic Landscape?

April 19, 2024

At The Bush School, Washington DC.  1620 L St NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036

Friday, April 19th, 2024 at Bush Center for Governmental Studies (Texas A&M in Washington DC)

7:30 – 8:00 am

Check-in and Coffee

8:00 – 8:15 am

Welcome and Overview of the Day, Kelley Withy, COIA Chair

8:15 – 9:00 am

What’s going on legally in collegiate sports? Will there
be any federal legislation?
Kassandra Ramsey, Esq.

9:15 – 10:45 am

NCAA Plans for Future: Binh Nguyen, Director of Academic and Membership Affairs and Amanda Conklin, NCAA managing director of Division I governance; Kendall Spencer, NCAA Transformation Committee Fraser, NCAA Director of Division I; Binh
Nguyen, Director of Academic and Membership Affairs; Kendall Spencer, NCAA Transformation Committee

11:00 – 12:30 pm

Panel: What Do All These Changes Have Mean to Faculty?
Presidents/ADs/FARs from Group of 5, Mid-Major, Power 4, and HBCU

12:30 – 1:00 pm


1:00 – 2:20 pm

Gambling, Mental Health, and the College Athlete/Student: A Public Health Perspective. Harry Levant, MA PCC, ICGC-I, JD, and Professor Mark Gottleib from Northeastern University School of
Law, Executive Director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern University.

2:30 – 3:50 pm

Adequate Healthcare Infrastructure for Collegiate Athletes. Mark Laursen, MS, LAT, ATC, Director of Residency & Fellowship
Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

4:00 – 4:30 pm

What can faculty do to help students who are athletes? Tom McMillen- from LEAD1, via Zoom

4:30 – 5:00 pm

Wrap-Up: What will Division 1 look like in 5 years? Should COIA change from being Division 1 focused to representing all collegiate athletics? Gambling white paper? Should we survey our membership? Topics?

Who are we?

The Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA) works to help faculty understand changes in requirements, demands, and resources for college athletes. We want to help faculty recognize signs of problems facing student-athletes and understand what faculty members can do if they notice threats to student-athletes’ health or safety.

The Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA) is an alliance of faculty senates from NCAA Division I 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, and national associations concerned with higher education, to implement these strategies and proposals.

Currently, Division I 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 Division I school can be a member of COIA (see How to Join COIA). We are an ad hoc group and operate without a staff or budget. Our direction is determined by our member senates, and we warmly welcome any NCAA Division I 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.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Statement

We, the steering committee members of the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics, believe diversity, equity, and inclusion improve the learning environment for all student-athletes and enhance excellence. We support all dimensions of diversity including, including age, race, sex, class, national origin, creed, educational background, religion, gender identity, disability, gender expression, income, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, and lived experiences. We believe that social justice is a right of all people. 

Interested in joining us for our COIA National Meeting 2024? Please continue to check our website for more information!

COIA National Meeting 2023 (April 21, 2023)

On April 21st, 2023, COIA hosted the annual meeting. The agenda with session video links included is below.

AGENDA with Embedded Session Recordings

2023 Annual Meeting of the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA)


The Bush School, Washington DC.  1620 L St NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036

Updates on NCAA Transformation: Jennifer Fraser, NCAA Director of Division I; Binh Nguyen, Director of  Academic and Membership Affairs.

Play Recording HERE

Employment Status and Other Threats to Amateurism: Are student-athletes employees?  Do they still have to go to class? What is the impact of NIL? Tom McMillen from LEAD1, Donna Lopiano from Drake Group, Gabe Feldman from Knight Commission, and Peter Schoenthal from Athliance.

Play recording HERE

Online Gambling: How to Recognize the Dangers. Discussion of how students and faculty may be impacted by on-campus betting and what to do Ronald Rychlak, FAR from the University of Mississippi.

Play recording HERE

Student-Athlete Health and Safety Panel: Discuss how faculty can respond to information received from student-athletes and athletics department personnel (health and academic). What are policies? How does HIPAA impact interactions? What support is available for students? Better understand the processes that go into returning a student-athlete to the classroom. Jeri Zemke and Greg Gardner, Athletic Trainers; Dr. Christina Carter, U of Tulsa, Director of Academic Advising; Dr. Jake Resch, U Virginia TBI Researcher.

Play recording HERE

How to Start a Mental Health Program for Student-Athletes on a Shoe String: Dr. Jonathan Sladky and Kelly Hee, MSW.

Play recording HERE