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ERIC Number: ED235126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Rebalancing the University: Will Physical Education Survive?
Polidoro, J. Richard
Targeted as an area of low priority and faced with proposed major reductions in both program and staff, the Department of Physical Education, Health and Recreation at the University of Rhode Island has been involved in an on-going fight for survival. In response to these attitudes, the Department first presented, to the University administration, a report of departmental functions pertinent to the stated mission of the University. Major emphasis was placed on the role health and physical education plays in meeting the health promotion and disease prevention needs of society. Focus was also placed on increasing health care costs and the need to provide increased support for health promotion. The Department asserted its unique role in delivering human services to the community, and its subsequent centrality to the University's stated mission. Data regarding application and admission patterns over the past 10 years indicated slightly increasing enrollments and a current full time faculty/student ratio of 1:130. Data from a variety of sources illustrated the quality of existing programs. Comparison with other regional institutions demonstrated the uniqueness of programs in the Department. Further exploration revealed that the program was cost effective, and that the University had a large financial commitment in the program. This paper reports upon the Department's continuing efforts to survive, and suggestions are made for action by university departments experiencing similar threats to their survival. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A