Conducting Research and an Intramural Program Review
Despite the reported benefits of campus recreation, university administrators continue to require evidence to justify allocating resources to campus recreation. Therefore, it is important to perform regular evaluations to better communicate program benefits and understand areas of improvement. This program will present the findings of an intramural research project and program evaluation. The findings demonstrate how the benefits that students experience from participation, and service quality can contribute to student retention and program satisfaction. It also shows how research can be conducted within the campus recreation department to produce a practical report with multiple recommendations for program improvement. Learning Objective(s)
Understand how a program evaluation can be conducted in partnership with graduate students to produce both a practical report and research manuscript.
Demonstrate the relationship between four dimensions of program benefits, service quality and both student retention and program satisfaction. Provide research backed examples of how to improve intramural programming.
University of Waterloo
Currently in my first year of PhD studies after recently completing a MHK Degree in Sport Management. I've worked in intramural programming for 6 years and have been involved in recreational programming for approximately 10 years. Over the last two years, I've been a member of the NIRSA Canada Leadership Team and am currently standing election as the Canadian Student Rep on the member network. In the past, I've presented multiple sessions at NIRSA regional conferences on the subject of cultivating student staff teams. For my PhD, I'd like to conduct research in the Campus Recreation space to help better understand how we as professionals can understand and meet students' changing needs.
Leisure Studies, P.h.D., University of Waterloo (2024)
Sport Management, M.H.K., University of Windsor
Community Recreation, B.R.L.S., Brock University
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