UW Center for Leadership in Athletics

ASHE Pre-Conference Forum on College Athletics

November 16, 2022

Humanizing Intercollegiate Athletics in Higher Education

As we convene the forum in 2022, college athletics faces a new era in athlete rights. Pushed by a wave of state laws, universities and the main governing body of intercollegiate sports–the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)–can no longer restrict college athletes’ rights to their Name, Image, and Likeliness (NIL). The recent supreme court decision, Alston v. NCAA, removed restrictions on educational expenses and called for congress to consider passing legislation to pave the way for direct payment for athletes. The National Labor Relations Board reversed its decision to restrict football players’ rights to unionize, signaling an openness to
new claims for revenue athletes to collectively organize. These legal changes coincide with a renewed attention–at TItle IX’s 50th anniversary–to the persistent gender inequalities across college sports. Notably, an intersectional analysis of this law reveals that white, middle-class women remain the primary beneficiaries of Title IX.

The shifting legal landscape of college sports has brought renewed public and political interest to reform university athletic programs. Yet, the pressure facing colleges and universities to create equitable and diverse athletic programs could lead to reactive and short- sided actions, worsening existing crises and exploitation of college athletes.

This session is for:
– Scholars of Higher Education
– Campus Practitioners
– College Athletics Administrators & Staff

Attendees of this session will:
1. Understand how these important legal issues, current college athletics cases and how they apply broadly to higher education
2. Learn how to interpret these decisions for their sociocultural and sociohistorical impact on college students, athletes and campuses.

3. Apply this new understanding to research, teaching, and/or campus policies and decision making in college sports.

8:45am  Sign in & Networking

9:00am  Welcome, Introductory Remarks, & Preparation for the day

  • Legal Impact Activity
  • Break
  • Table Discussions, Forum Debrief
  • Next Steps & Closing Remarks

12:00pm End Session

The purpose of the ASHE forum on intercollegiate athletics is to bring attendees together in a
discussion on the role of college sports in higher education. Participants in this forum will
examine current topics through the conference theme, build scholarly connections at any stage
of their academic journey, and advance research and policy on college sports within the ASHE


Event Chairs

Jennifer Hoffman
University of Washington

Guillermo Ortega

Molly Harry

Please feel free to reach out to the event chair with questions about the content of the event. Questions about registration or event logistics can be directed to the ASHE Office at (202) 660-4106 or office@ashe.ws.



Now in its 13th year, the Pre-Conference Forum on College Sports engages the ASHE community on the issues of the relationship between intercollegiate athletics and higher education. For more information, contact Jennifer Hoffman in the Center for Leadership in Athletics.

Past ASHE Pre-Conferences

  • 2021 College Sports & Colonialism in Higher Education
  • 2020 Raising Athlete Voices: A Panel Discussion on Student-Athlete Activism and Free Speech
  • 2019 NCAA Division I College Sports Finances: Where the Money Comes From and Where the Money Goes
  • 2018 Moments In Athletics Scholarship: Stories of Educational Activism, Disruptive Innovation & Dialogue.
  • 2017 Power to the Scholar: Emerging Media Practices for Higher Education Discourses on College Sports
  • 2016 Advancing Student-Athlete Research and Policy For the Public Good Through Scholar-Practitioner Collaboration
  • 2015 Accessing and Analyzing NCAA Data for Athletics Research & Policy
  • 2014 Informing Research and Policy in Intercollegiate Athletics Knight Commission Database Workshop
  • 2013 Invitation to A Dialogue: Student-Athletes and Higher Education.
  • 2012 Student-Athlete Climate Survey Pre-Conference Workshop
  • 2011 Publish or Perish? Meeting the Challenges of Publishing Research on Intercollegiate Athletics
  • 2010 Aligning the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics Within Higher Education Scholarship & Policy