The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics (KCIA) is a panel of members of the American academic, athletic and journalism communities, with an eye toward reform of college athletics, particularly in regard to emphasizing academic values and policies that ensure athletic programs operate within the educational missions of their universities.
KCIA engaged WebFirst to create a web-based tool to allow public access to academic and athletic data, which will be easily analyzed and visualized by the public and policy makers. Our team responded by developing a site that is attractive, professional, with visually engaging charts and maps, allowing users to browse data more effectively. All of this was accomplished using open source tools such as Drupal 7.
The application allows users to:
- Access institution-specific cross-sectional data annually, as well as changes over time such as “Total institutional support for athletics on a per athlete basis”
- Access medians for each Subdivision (FBS, FCS, DI - no football) and each of the 11 FBS athletic conferences.
- Compare institutional data to applicable groups (i.e. states or regions, Carnegie classifications, athletic conferences, privates/publics)
- Access trend data for rate of change over time in total athletics revenues and expenses
- Download pre-defined and custom reports, as well as data from tables and charts, into Microsoft Excel, PDF, or web-based files.
Technologies Used: Data visualization with Highcharts and custom code using html5/canvas, Drupal, PHP, MySQL, HTML/CSS
"WebFirst proved to be a great partner for the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics as it set out to develop a tool to provide greater transparency for college sports finances and better measures to compare trends in academic and athletic spending. WebFirst designed and developed an online database that has been praised for being exceptionally user-friendly and informative. WebFirst exceeded every expectation!"
- Amy Perko, Executive Director, Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics