ERIC Number: EJ944198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
The Future of Campus Recreation: Time for a Different Administrative Home?
Milton, Paul R.; Roth, Lisa; Fisher, Wesley
Quest, v63 n3 p289-299 Aug 2011
At the beginning of the 20th Century, collegiate campus recreation programs were moved from student controlled entities and placed under the supervision of academic or athletic departments (Milton, 2008a). As such programs grew and became more popular among the general student populations on America's college campuses, administrative oversight was eventually handed to divisions of student affairs, where some research reports as many as 70 percent are housed administratively today (Ross & Schurger, 2007). There has been a recent increase in the business-related culture within campus recreation departments that has served to promote a more business-like structure. As a result campus recreation departments may need to adjust from the student development point of view that many of them have today and toward a more business-like approach. Furthermore, this shift from a student affairs-based structure to a business-based structure as well as the individual factors that have transitioned campus recreation departments toward a more business-oriented approach suggests that campus recreation departments might be better housed under divisions of business affairs rather than student affairs. The purpose of this paper is to provide detailed arguments as to why campus recreation departments in the United States should be housed under divisions of business affairs rather than student affairs at institutions of higher education. Three distinct sections will be identified in the paper, including 1) a brief history and philosophy behind where campus recreation programs have been housed, 2) the trend from the 1960s and 1970s of collegiate recreation programs moving under divisions of student-affairs, and 3) the observed trends in administrative location for campus recreation departments.
Descriptors: Campuses, College Environment, Student Development, Recreation, Recreational Programs, Organizational Change, Business, Standards, Adjustment (to Environment)
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