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ERIC Number: ED419644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Defending the Legitimacy of Outdoor Recreation Programs on College and University Campuses.
Jones, Art
In 1996, as part of the budget review process, Utah State University questioned the legitimacy of the outdoor recreation program in terms of student use, cost, and its role as part of the university mission. A task force was appointed to determine if the Outdoor Recreation Center should continue. This paper discusses program issues investigated by the task force: low student participation rate, lack of participant diversity, unfair competition with local merchants, lack of academic coordination or supervision in credit classes, lack of coordination between the Outdoor Recreation Center risk management plan and the university's insurance risk office, and the need for a more self-supporting budget. Some potential solutions are suggested such as: increasing accuracy in counting students using the program; promoting the program to a broader student base; offering more introductory courses; organizing a student advisory group; renting only to students and faculty; utilizing local merchants as board members; working more closely with academic departments for credit classes; preparing a risk management manual; establishing a plan for employee and volunteer training; promoting standards of care; soliciting grants and gifts; and increasing fees. It is concluded that outdoor recreation programs must remain broad, inclusive, and cost effective, and gain administrative and community support in order to be productive and successful. (SAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A