Research/Assessment; Personal/Professional Development
003 Articulating the Value of Campus Recreation through Research and Assessment
Monday, March 30 • 8:00am – Noon
Dallas 5-7
Todd Misener, Ph.D., Western Kentucky University; Aaron Kroth, The University of Texas At Austin; Erin Patchett, CRSS, RCRSP, Colorado State University-Fort Collins; and Adam Thompson, Middle Tennessee State University
Articulating the value of campus recreation is a challenge campus recreation professionals are expected to meet. This workshop will provide participants with a practical understanding of how to design and execute research and assessment procedures, inform participants of data sources, and educate participants of existing research and assessment resources available through NIRSA that will enable you to effectively articulate the value of your campus recreation program, services, and facilities.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Articulate basic research design concepts and apply them to a situation you are interested in investigating.
  2. Identify existing data sources that professionals can use to demonstrate value.
  3. Identify resources on campus and off campus to assist in producing research to assess your programs.
Health/Wellbeing; Research/Assessment
005 Creating a Culture of Evidence for Health and Wellbeing
Monday, March 30 • 8:00am – 3:00pm
Grapevine B
Must have preregistered to attend this workshop
George Brown, CRSS, Ph.D., The University of Alabama; and April Moore, Florida State University
Evidence-based programming is essential to the advancement of the collegiate recreation field. As our responsibilities expand to include health and wellbeing, it is vital that we create a culture of evidence to validate our contributions. Evidence-based programming provides for continued institutional support; demonstrates contributions to student success and retention; and supports improved employee job satisfaction and a reduction in insurance costs. This workshop will provide attendees with tools and techniques for the development, measurement, and communication of wellness-centered, evidence-based programs for students, faculty, and staff.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Define evidence-based programming and a culture of evidence.
  2. Discuss multiple research design methods and the process to conduct program-specific, tailored research for student and employee programs.
  3. Articulate techniques to implement and communicate evidence-based program outcomes.
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Sustainable Communities; Research/Assessment
022 Best Practices: Sustainability in Campus Recreation
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Texas C
Robert Bostick, Northern Illinois University; and Stesha Heselius-Mashinchi, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
This session will report the findings from an original research project studying best practices of social, economic, and environmental sustainability specific to campus recreation programs, facilities, and staffing. It will educate attendees on what NIRSA Sustainability Ambassadors think are best practices and provide specific examples of sustainability practices for attendees to implement at their universities. The session will report on the first multi-institutional research project on sustainability in campus recreation, and serve as a roadmap for our sustainable future.
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design; Research & Evaluation; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify how the NIRSA sustainability model connects to your programs, facilities, and staffing.
  2. Comprehend the findings from the first multi-institutional research project on sustainability in campus recreation.
  3. Utilize the sustainability audit to identify sustainability needs in your facilities, programs, and staffing.
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Research/Assessment; Strategic Planning
031 By the Numbers: How Changing Demographics Impact University Recreation
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Texas 1-3
Jacqueline Hamilton, Ed.D., RCRSP, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi; and Kathleen Hatch
Demographic trends are not the same across different states and regions. Some areas have increasing student populations while others are declining. Where have we been, where are we now, and where are we going with our student populations? How do changing demographics impact our delivery of programs and services?
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to explain the sources and types of data that exist around population demographics and higher education.
  2. Connect demographic trends and time periods to changes that have occurred in university recreation.
  3. Be able to analyze demographic projections and infer how they may impact future programs and services.
045 Research and Assessment Roundtable
Tuesday, March 31 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Fort Worth 5-6
Todd Misener, Ph.D., Western Kentucky University; Kara Fresk, University of Georgia; Aaron Kroth, The University of Texas At Austin; Nicole Olmeda, CRSS, The University of Texas At Austin; and Erin Patchett, CRSS, RCRSP, Colorado State University-Fort Collins
This roundtable will a include a brief update on what the NIRSA Research and Assessment Committee has accomplished over the past year. It will also provide attendees with updates on current initiatives, and there will be time for an open discussion on current issues members are facing.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals; Research/Assessment
085 What Women Want: Improving Female Participation in Intramural Sports
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Grapevine A/1-3
Kari Budnik, University of Central Florida and Frances Thomas, Armstrong State University
Intramural sports programs continue to struggle with female participation. Learn how to tailor your marketing and programming to fit what women want and need from intramural sports.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation; Philosophy & Theory; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the differences between what men and women want from intramural sports programs.
  2. Learn how to use data to understand program weaknesses and how to make positive change in these areas.
  3. Identify ways that your program can improve female participation through marketing and programming adjustments.
Research/Assessment; Fitness
101 The Forward Lunge: Shedding New Light on Old Assumptions
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Grapevine A/1-3
Paul Juris, Cybex International
Join us for an evidence-based discussion of the forward lunge exercise, emphasizing the influence of lunge technique on muscle activation and joint stresses. Come challenge assumptions and let us dispel the myth that there is only one correct way to lunge.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the conventional wisdom with respect to forward lunge technique.
  2. Investigate past and present scientific evidence related to the forward lunge exercise.
  3. Encourage evidence-based exercise selection.
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Technology; Research/Assessment
103 How to Have Your Data and Eat It Too
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Grapevine C
Tessa Michaels, Michaels & Associates
Databases are about more than columns and rows. Whatever aspect of recreational sports you run, you need a way to house the information you are collecting to maximize its potential. This is often a large scale undertaking, and it comes with a number of confounding questions. What can you collect or keep? Who owns it? Where should you store the data? How do you manage it? Security today is more difficult to navigate and more expensive. The introduction of data collection and analytics into an organization may be a tipping point that leads to fully adopting modern security practices. It’s time to get started. The purpose of this session is to discuss the new world–the opportunities and the risks–and how to adapt practices to meet it. The session will focus on practical applications and discuss relevant technology terms–including data integrity, quality, integration, and security.
Core Competencies: Business Management; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify and be able to discuss data categories that require higher levels of security with an IT team.
  2. Understand the business owners roles and responsibilities regarding data and its stewardship.
  3. Learn how to evaluate the costs and benefits of different data management and storage options.
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Managing/Leading Student Staff; Research/Assessment
106 When Recreation Is More Than Just Sport: Influences on Leadership Development
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Texas A-B
John Dugan, Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago
This session will present results from a NIRSA-funded research project that used data from the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership to explore the influences of campus recreation on college student leadership development. The presentation will highlight key findings and engage participants in discussing how they infuse key interventions that leverage leadership development into campus recreation programs.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate the influences of campus recreation on leadership development.
  2. Be able to identify interventions that increase leadership development.
  3. Be able to translate findings into practical applications in the campus recreation context.
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107 Professional Standards Roundtable: Using and Developing CAS Standards for Recreational Sports
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Texas C
Douglas Franklin, CRSS, Ph.D., Ohio University (Retired)
The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS Standards) section for Recreational Sports were last revised in 2007 and will soon be undergoing its first significant revision in nearly ten years. This roundtable will serve as a forum to gather NIRSA member input on how to revise and improve this section of the CAS Standards to better serve the profession. The roundtable is an opportunity to discuss how the current CAS Standards have guided professional practice, are used in self-assessment or in framing external evaluations, and how they might be revised to reflect current practice. Shortfalls and areas for improvement will also be discussed, as will member input into the Standard’s contextual statement.
Research/Assessment; Strategic Planning
111 Data Integration and Decision Making
Wednesday, April 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Dallas 5-7
Darin Barr, Ballard*King & Associates; Natalie O’Farrell, University of Arizona; and Lynn Zwaagstra, University of Arizona
Do you have a planned and integrated way of collecting participant data? Or is everyone doing their own thing? This presentation will explore an integrated and strategic approach to collecting survey and program evaluation data. Ballard*King and Associates, Ltd. and the University of Arizona Campus Recreation Department will demonstrate their use of the NIRSA survey, outcomes reporting, integration with ongoing participant evaluations, and the corresponding application in decision making.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate at least two benefits of approaching surveying from an integrated or strategic perspective.
  2. Identify at least two ways to utilize survey and evaluation data in decision making.
  3. Identify at least two ways to report on survey data that will benefit your department.
151 Moving Students to Graduate: The Impact of Campus Recreation on Graduation Rates
Thursday, April 2 • 9:50am – 10:50am
Texas 1-3
Gary Fisher, North Dakota State University
With the increasing cost of higher education–and state funding being tied to performance–it’s important that campus recreation facilities and wellness centers are able to provide proof that they are contributing to the retention and graduation rates of students. This program presents information about the North Dakota State University Wellness Center assessment plan, and the impact that visiting the NDSU Wellness Center has on student GPA, retention rates, and graduation rates.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to create an assessment plan that measures your campus recreation department’s contribution to academic success.
  2. Be able to recognize the benefits of an assessment plan and how to utilize the results to move students forward toward graduation.
  3. Learn how to collaborate with other departments on campus and gather credible data on the contribution your campus recreation department makes towards student success.
Executive; Research/Assessment
156 NIRSA Core Competencies: How Competent Are You?
Thursday, April 2 • 11:00am – Noon
Dallas 5-7
Jill Sturts, RCRSP, Indiana University-Bloomington; and Sarah Young, Ph.D., CRSS, Indiana University-Bloomington
Want to be intentional in structuring your staff training and development in accordance with the identified NIRSA core competencies? An importance-performance analysis of the NIRSA core competencies reveals the competencies that professionals find to be most and least important, while also identifying areas for the profession that are in need of improvement. The gaps between importance and performance in each competency area will inform administrators and educators alike on the aspects of collegiate recreation and where they should focus training and learning.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand how to utilize results from a member-to-member survey on the NIRSA core competencies to help inform staff training and professional development.
  2. Identify personal areas of strength, challenges related to NIRSA core competencies, and areas to target for improvement.
  3. Develop training and education topics for staff that are based on the results of an importance-performance analysis of the NIRSA core competencies.