National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

National Collegiate Athletic Association: Background

National Collegiate Athletic Association: Key Policies

National Collegiate Athletic Association: Key Policies Gender and Title IX

National Collegiate Athletic Association: Key Policies Academic Reform

National Collegiate Athletic Association: Key Policies Indian Mascots

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a voluntary association of approximately 1,200 institutions, organizations, and individuals committed to the administration and regulation of intercollegiate athletics. The history of the NCAA spans a little over one century. While the NCAA is neither the first nor the only intercollegiate athletic association, it is the largest collegiate athletic association in the world and arguably the most influential. This entry looks at the organization and key issues it faces.

George J. Petersen

See also Title IX and Athletics

Further Readings

  • Green, G. A., Uryasz, F. D., Petr, T. A., & Bray, C. D. (2001). NCAA study of substance use and abuse habits of college student-athletes. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 11(1), 51–56. 
  • Grimes, P. W., & Chressanthis, G. A. (1994). Alumni contributions to academics: The role of intercollegiate sports and NCAA sanctions. American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 53(1), 27–40. 
  • Fleisher, A. A., Goff, B. L., & Tollison, R. D. (1992). The National Collegiate Athletic Association: A study in cartel behavior. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association. (n.d.) Retrieved February 26, 2007, from http://www.ncaa.org/wps/myportal 
  • Sadker, D., & Sadker, M. (2007). What is Title IX? Retrieved from http://www.american.edu/sadker/titleix.htm 
  • Washington, M. (2004). Field approaches to institutional change: The evolution of the National Collegiate Athletic Association 1906–1995. Organizational Studies, 25(3), 393–414. 

Legal Citations

  • Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681.