Research & Evaluation

Accountability in higher education is achieved through data-informed decisions and objective reporting of program outcomes. As a profession, collegiate recreation must continue generating research that increases knowledge that advances the profession. The general trend of increasing complexity of knowledge and skills in research and evaluation shows a progression from being able to participate, interpret, and apply findings to being able to conceive of and direct research, assessment, and evaluation processes. 

Program Assessment|Organization|Assessment/Evaluation techniques|Benchmarking|Applied recreational sports research|Disseminating results |Data analysis 


Research & Evaluation

  • NIRSA 2021 Annual Conference Assessment Track Package

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    The NIRSA 2021 Assessment webinar package features four sessions that will help you get up to speed on your assessment practices!

  • Assessing a Culture of Integrated Wellbeing

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Butler University’s framework for student wellbeing, BU|BeWell, has become a campus-wide initiative that provides a foundation for the entire undergraduate student experience. Creating a framework that united programming and outreach across campus necessitated the development of assessment strategies and tools that could show the impact of BU|BeWell for our students.  The presenters will describe the implementation of BU|BeWell, design of a multi-pronged assessment strategy, tools for gathering data, and how initial findings have guided decision-making for various areas at Butler.

  • Perceived Stress and Concerns of College Students at a Hispanic-serving Institution in the Time of COVID-19

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/05/2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of many people. College students experienced an abrupt change in their lives. Suddenly, all their courses were fully online, and their campus was closed until further notice. For some students, the university provided access to essential goods and services that they severely depended on. Students who utilized access to their university’s facilities such as the recreation/fitness center, dining halls, libraries, and campus life buildings suddenly had nowhere to go. Some students depended on other services the university could no longer provide such as small business mentorship, free arts and cultural events, free local television programming, and an Institute of Health Equity dedicated to the community. This presentation will share findings from a study that measured perceived stress and key concerns that undergraduate students experienced during the COVID-19 Pandemic while attending a Hispanic-serving institution.

  • Staff Engagement with Diversity and Inclusion in Collegiate Recreation

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/05/2021

    ​Collegiate recreation professionals play a large role in the offering of programs, facilities, and services to a college campus. Some research findings suggest that recreation offerings are not reaching all communities on the college campus - specifically, participants with marginalized social identities. The purpose of this research study was to understand the role of collegiate recreation professionals in creating equitable and inclusive recreation opportunities. Findings and implications from this case study will be discussed.

  • NIRSA 2021 Annual Conference Leadership & Business Track Package

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    This package of webinars features four sessions that will help you get up to speed on your business and leadership practices!

  • Remote CASting: Navigating a Recreation Department CAS Review in a Virtual World

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The Council for Advancement of Standards (CAS) provides important criterion that facilitate best practices in higher education. Used primarily for program evaluation, CAS standards and guidelines in collegiate recreation are contributed to and supported by NIRSA. Traditionally, department CAS reviews and evaluations are conducted in-person and on-site, but Florida State University pivoted to an innovative remote review model at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, FSU broke the traditional "small ratings team model" by including the entire 26-person Campus Recreation staff in the ratings and evaluation process. Members of FSU's Campus Rec staff and FSU's Division Strategic Planning and Assessment staff share the CAS review process, their experiences and lessons learned, and the specific tools developed to ensure an easy remote review experience. This presentation will help Campus Rec leaders/administrators understand how to transition a department review to remote and give them the tools necessary to do so.

  • Conducting Research and an Intramural Program Review

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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.

  • It's Alive! Bringing Your Strategic Plan to Life

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/23/2021

    The days of slogging through building a massive strategic plan and having it collect dust on the shelf are gone (or they should be!). Especially in this time of rapid change, remote work, and the need to keep your planning nimble and lucid, it is even more imperative that the systems and tools are flexible and easy to update and access. We'll discuss and illustrate examples for bringing a contemporary strategic planning process and its components to life.  We must keep it alive and current for daily decision-making, shared understanding, consistent engagement, and long term accountability to the plan and each other.  We'll share our experiences and learning, and then there'll be an opportunity to teach each other about promising practices to keep our strategic plans pumping out optimal outcomes.

  • Exploring the DRAMMA Model in Campus Recreation

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/23/2021

    ​Institutions of higher education are confronting increasing numbers of students with mental health issues. As administrators look for ways to promote positive mental health, exploring the role leisure has in the wellbeing of students is warranted. This study used the DRAMMA model to better understand the connection between leisure and subjective wellbeing via five psychological pathways (Newman, Tay, & Diener, 2014). By surveying campus recreation users, this research hopes to provide a better understanding of the connection between leisure and wellbeing in an effort to prepare students to live productive and satisfying lives. In the session, researchers will share their findings.

  • A Hybrid Approach to Holistic Well-being Education to Enhance Student Success

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/23/2021

    This session will offer attendees a high-level overview of the results of a NIRSA Foundation Grant funded research study conducted at Rider University during the 2019-2020 academic year. The study explored the relationship between online and face to face wellness programming, student knowledge, academic success, and retention. The research team will present the study’s methodology, findings, and considerations for future studies.