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Research & Assessment Committee

The NIRSA Research and Assessment (R&A) Committee fosters a culture of research within the Association and guides NIRSA’s assessment practices.  The R&A committee collaborates with others across the Association to advance industry practices and assists in achieving NIRSA’s strategic goals.

Strategic Goal & Objective(s)

Goal II: NIRSA will be known as a knowledge source, innovator and authority on the benefits of collegiate recreation at the national and community level.  

Objective 2: Increase the quality, quantity and dissemination of research and data that supports the profession

Standing Charges

  1. Review and approve requests from members to conduct research using NIRSA’s name and/or database, following guidelines established in 2007.
  2. Consult the NIRSA BOD regarding proposed projects and inform the BOD decision-making process.
  3. Review research grant proposals and make funding recommendations to the Executive Director.
  4. Subcommittees may include:
    1. Advisement subcommittee to assist other NIRSA members and/or leadership groups in their projects.
    2. Institutional Data Set subcommittee to review and provide feedback on the platform’s content and reporting mechanisms.
    3. Salary survey subcommittee to review and provide feedback on its integration in the IDS.
    4. Space Planning Guidelines subcommittee to review content standards and provide recommendations to update NIRSA’s Space Planning Guidelines publication.
  5. For the NIRSA Annual Conference:
    1. Review and select the Research and Assessment award recipients.
    2. Host a roundtable for R&A Committee.
  6. Support the CAS collegiate recreation standards update process as needed.
  7. Utilize and keep active the discussion forum and resource library within the Research & Assessment Community of Practice on the NIRSA website as a means of sharing information, resources, and updates to help members stay on top of assessment items; encourage members to share resources from their own campuses and experiences.
Jessica Kiss, MEd,cBowling Green State University
Erin Patchett, MA, CRSS, RCRSP,Colorado State University
Armand Buzzelli, PhD, Robert Morris University
Anne Wilkinson, PhD, CRSS, Temple University
Sean Basso, MS, The University of Tennessee
Heather Sanderson, EdD, NC State University
Austin Anderson, PhD, MPA, University of Southern Indiana
Sandi Carlisle, EdD, Northern Illinois University
Megan Krone, PhD, DePaul University
Derek Hottell, MS, Virginia Commonwealth University
NIRSA Headquarters Member
Ruben Guzman, MS