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.

Sixty-four of the FBS schools that have faculty senates are 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 Louisiana State!

The faculty senate at Louisiana State (Kevin Cope, Chair) has voted unanimously to join COIA. Please join in welcoming them to membership.

COIA 2016 Annual Meeting Notes

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

2016 Annual Meeting Dates

The Annual Meeting will be Feb 26-28, 2016, at the NCAA Headquarters Building, Indianapolis, IN.

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Hotel information is available on the National Meeting page.

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 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.

2014 COIA Annual Meeting Report

The COIA Annual Meeting report is available HERE. The 2014 Annual Meeting was held February 28-March 2 at the College of Business, University of South Florida, Tampa.

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