News and updates related to research initiatives.

The 2016–2020 NIRSA Facility Construction & Renovation Report is now available!

By Aaron Kroth, Assistant Director of Aquatics and Safety at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Ruben Guzman

In order to continue providing our member base with relevant information regarding facility construction trends in the field of collegiate recreation, we are now making available the results of the 2015 NIRSA Facility Construction & Renovation survey to […]

By | May 25, 2016|Categories: Research & Assessment|Tags: , , |

Comparative results are now available in the NIRSA Institutional Data Set!

By Nicole Olmeda, Senior Assistant Director at The University of Texas at Austin and Alice Kersting

Since the NIRSA Institutional Data Set opened on its new and improved platform for data collection in February, over 430 professional members from over 200 institutions have accessed the platform or started entering their data! With such a robust […]

By | March 16, 2016|Categories: Member Benefits, Membership, Research & Assessment|Tags: , |

The new NIRSA Institutional Data Set is now open for data entry!

By Nicole Olmeda, Senior Assistant Director at The University of Texas at Austin and Alice Kersting, NIRSA Special Projects Coordinator

The new NIRSA Institutional Data Set is finally open for data collection! Professional members will soon be invited via an electronic mailing to log into the platform through the NIRSA website and begin entering their […]

By | February 22, 2016|Categories: Member Benefits, Membership, Research & Assessment|Tags: , |

Participate in the 2015 NIRSA Facility Construction and Renovation Survey

By Aaron Kroth, Assistant Director for Facility Operations – Aquatics at The University of Texas at Austin and Sean Basso, Assistant Director of Programming, Education, and Evaluation at The University of Tennessee

In an effort to keep up with trends in the field of collegiate recreation, we are collecting information regarding current and future […]

By | October 26, 2015|Categories: Research & Assessment|Tags: , , |

The NIRSA Salary Calculator is now available!

By Cory Granholm

The 2015 NIRSA Salary Survey represents thousands of salaries in the collegiate recreation field compared by numerous factors, including: position, university size, department size, average staff size, composition relative to enrollment, and operating budget. The results of this valuable report were released this past summer; the report is available to all […]

By | October 1, 2015|Categories: Member Benefits, Membership, Research & Assessment|Tags: , , |

Announcing the members of the CAS Standards Review Task Force

By Kristen Gleason

The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) was founded in 1979. It is a consortium of 41 professional associations providing standards and guidelines for 44 functional areas affiliated with student service, student affairs, and student-development programs. As explained by the 2015 Council for the Advancement of Standards, the CAS […]

By | October 1, 2015|Categories: Partners, Research & Assessment|Tags: , |

NIRSA is proud to announce the recipient of its Collegiate Recreation Research Grant for 2015-2016

By Aaron Kroth, Assistant Director of Aquatics at University of Texas at Austin

NIRSA is committed to advancing collegiate recreation through its support of meaningful, credible research. And over the past three years, one way the Association has been encouraging the development and dissemination of impactful, research-based knowledge to the field of collegiate recreation is by annually […]

By | August 10, 2015|Categories: Research & Assessment|Tags: , , , |

NIRSA institutional members will receive a hard copy of The Benefits of Campus Recreation

By Kristal Fehring

Dr. Scott Forrester’s The Benefits of Campus Recreation—a study commissioned by NIRSA and funded by generous donors to the NIRSA Foundation—represents the most comprehensive effort to date to substantiate the positive impact that participation in campus recreation opportunities has on students. While The Benefits of Campus Recreation—alongside numerous other research projects—is […]

By | June 26, 2015|Categories: Member Benefits, Research & Assessment|Tags: , , |

The 2015 NIRSA Salary Survey has been released!

By Kristal Fehring

The 2015 NIRSA Salary Survey is now available to NIRSA institutional members! This report tracks and summarizes 2014 salaries in the collegiate recreation field. It represents the confidential responses of over 220 NIRSA institutional members and is the most powerful collection of salary data within the industry.

The report represents thousands of salaries in […]

By | May 20, 2015|Categories: Member Benefits, Research & Assessment|Tags: , , |

Share your observations by submitting a topic for the NIRSA Trends in Collegiate Recreation Project!

By Kristal Fehring

NIRSA is committed to staying ahead of the curve regarding current trends in the collegiate recreation field, and believes in providing its membership with resources and best practices related to those trends. In light of this commitment, the Association annually conducts the NIRSA Trends in Collegiate Research Project sponsored by NIRSA Platinum […]

By | May 1, 2015|Categories: Research & Assessment|Tags: |

How is the Affordable Care Act affecting your campus?

By Austin Anderson

When the Affordable Care Act became law in March 2010, one of the main concerns for campuses was the mandate stating that a large employer must either offer full-time employees—and their dependents—certain insurance coverage or risk paying certain penalties. Under this definition, a college or university with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees is […]

By | April 29, 2015|Categories: Research & Assessment|Tags: |

Apply for the NIRSA Collegiate Recreation Research Grant!

By Kristal Fehring

Are you looking for funding for your collegiate recreation research project? NIRSA is in the third year of financially assisting NIRSA members who are conducting research supporting advancements in the collegiate recreation field by offering the NIRSA Collegiate Recreation Research Grant.

This grant encourages the development and dissemination of impactful, research-based knowledge in the […]

By | April 27, 2015|Categories: Research & Assessment|Tags: |

Considering the impact that participation and employment in collegiate recreation has on student development

By Dave Hall and Catherine Cramp and Kristal Fehring

In the spring of 2014, NIRSA and the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) launched a work team to study how the skills gained through participation and employment in cocurricular experiences helps to prepare students for their careers. The goal of the project was to identify ways […]

By | March 2, 2015|Categories: Member Benefits, Partners, Research & Assessment|Tags: , |

CAS standards for recreational sports programs to be revised for 2015–2016

By Douglas Franklin, Ph.D.

The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) was founded in 1979 and is a consortium of 41 professional associations affiliated with student service, student affairs, and student-development programs. As explained by the 2015 Council for the Advancement of Standards, the CAS associations works “collaboratively to develop […]

By | February 25, 2015|Categories: Partners, Research & Assessment|Tags: , |

The NIRSA Collegiate Recreation Trends Research Project is excited to announce a topic

NIRSA wants to provide its membership with resources and best practices when it comes to current trends in the field. With this goal in mind, the Association annually conducts the NIRSA Collegiate Trends Research Project sponsored by Precor, a NIRSA Platinum partner. After reviewing the number of great project topics submitted by members this year, […]

By | February 22, 2015|Categories: Member Benefits, Research & Assessment|Tags: |

Read new research on the benefits of campus recreation

By Scott Forrester, Ph.D.

The NIRSA Foundation is committed to supporting the future of collegiate recreation through funding research and professional development opportunities for its members. For years, the Foundation and the collegiate recreation profession has championed the benefits of participation in campus recreational sports, activities, facilities, programs, and services. While there was a time when […]

By | January 23, 2015|Categories: Member Benefits, Research & Assessment|Tags: |