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Date of Award

2005

Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Department

Educational Administration and Leadership

First Advisor

Norena Badway

First Committee Member

Dennis Brennan

Second Committee Member

Donald Larsen

Third Committee Member

Mark VanNess

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the role of a campus recreation program in meeting the University of the Pacific's goals for social integration, retention, and satisfaction of its undergraduate students. Specific research questions examined students' perceptions of the relationship between the availability of recreational sports facilities and student retention; the impact of participation on students' psychological, physical, and academic well being; the relationship between campus recreation participation and the anticipated importance of sports and fitness activities after graduation; and the relationship between campus recreation participation and satisfaction with overall academic experience. A sample of 290 Pacific students was used in this stratified random study. Each student completed the Quality and Importance of Recreational Services (QIRS) assessment tool created and published by the Center for Research and Development at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. A majority of students perceived positive psychological, physical and academic gains from participating in campus recreation. Those benefits include developing a sense of belonging with Pacific; gaining self-confidence, group cooperation skills and improved time management; controlling weight; and increased physical fitness. On the other hand, there was little connection between participation in campus recreation and students' overall academic satisfaction at Pacific. This study recommends that the University of the Pacific use its recreation facilities as a central focus in the recruitment and retention process. Pacific should also set measurable goals for evaluating the ways in which the campus recreation program connects faculty, students and staff.

Pages

83

ISBN

9780542000256 , 0542000253

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