Association of Governing Boards Releases Intercollegiate Athletics Policy Guidance

(Washington, D.C.) - The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) today releases draft policy recommendations for higher education presidents and boards on the appropriate oversight of intercollegiate athletics. The "Illustrative Policy on Intercollegiate Athletics for Boards and Presidents,"  (pdf) approved by the AGB board at its April 3 meeting, is intended to guide in the crafting of specific policies on intercollegiate athletics. These policies should spell out the leadership roles and oversight responsibilities of the board, president and athletics department in safeguarding the well-being of student athletes and restoring balance and integrating intercollegiate athletics into the educational context of institutions of higher learning.

The formal policy language supplements AGB's "Statement on Board Oversight of Intercollegiate Athletics," first published in 2004 and revised in 2007. It was developed after a meeting with representatives of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), institution presidents, and AGB board members.

"While our original statement is considered a blueprint for boards on their oversight role in the administration of intercollegiate athletics, questions remained for specific guidance on policy implementation," said AGB President Richard Legon. "This draft policy statement provides greater clarity on the differing roles of boards as policy makers and presidents as decision makers/managers." 

Added AGB board member Jack B. Jewett, vice president for university advancement at California State University Monterey Bay: "The strong and supportive relationship between AGB and NCAA has been instrumental in furthering governance and the management of the academic-athletic enterprise."

The revised publication also includes an introductory statement of thanks to NCAA President Myles Brand for his work with and support of AGB's efforts to guide governing boards and institutional leaders in their oversight of intercollegiate athletics.

The complete statement with the illustrative policy can be found on the AGB website (pdf).


Founded in 1921, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) is the only national association that serves the interests and needs of academic governing boards, boards of institutionally related foundations, and campus CEOs and other senior-level campus administrators on issues related to higher education governance and leadership. AGB serves more than 1,200 institutions and 34,000 individuals. Its work advances the practice of citizen trusteeship and helps ensure the quality and success of our nation's colleges and universities.

April 6, 2009