Board Oversight of Intercollegiate Athletics
While athletics can be integral to an institution, there’s growing concern that athletic accomplishments often overshadow academic achievement and detract from the essential mission of universities and colleges. Faced with demands for increased accountability, governing boards are called upon to become more attentive to the governance of athletics.
AGB is committed to fostering the governance of intercollegiate athletics programs through statements, research, best practices, and thought leadership. For more than 25 years, AGB has provided guidance in many forms, including:
- The AGB Standing Panel on Board Oversight of Intercollegiate Athletics, established in 2016, sharpens the focus of governing boards—in conjunction with institutional leadership—on fiduciary oversight. Members of the panel convene periodically to review current issues, trends, and challenges facing intercollegiate athletics and the academic enterprise, as well as judicial, legislative, and regulatory actions concerning student athletes and institutional responsibility for athletics programs.
- AGB’s Board of Directors’ Statement on Governing Boards’ Responsibilities for Intercollegiate Athletics helps governing boards align intercollegiate athletics with the mission, vision, and values of higher education.
- AGB’s 2012 report, Trust, Accountability, and Integrity: Board Responsibilities for Intercollegiate Athletics, conveys advice regarding board oversight of institutions with NCAA Division I athletics programs.