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Assessment

Western Oregon University’s Campus Recreation Department has been an active member of NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation since 2012. NIRSA provides for the education and development of professionals and student members and fosters quality recreational programs, facilities, and services for diverse populations. Collecting research and data is integral to NIRSA’s processes of improving the profession and associated programs, services, and facilities of collegiate recreation. Established in 2009, the Recreation and Wellness Benchmark / Survey provides a benchmarking mechanism to capture ways in which campus recreation enhances the lives of students inside and outside the classroom. It has become one of the nine Consortium studies that institutions can choose to participate in. The NASPA Assessment & Knowledge Consortium is a collection of assessment instruments focused on key areas within Student Affairs. (Forrester, 2014)

The Campus Recreation Department has participated in this national benchmark survey on a biannual basis (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019). The consortium studies are designed to provide the Campus Recreation Department with actionable, campus-specific (Benefits of Campus Recreation at WOU) and benchmarking data to shape and enhance future programming. Below are a few questions and response rates from previous assessments.

Do you utilize any of the on-campus recreation facilities, programs, or services?

WOU National
2013 75.06% 74.85%
2015 86.69% 83.50%
2017 92.31% 81.87%
2019 85.55% 82.74%

Percentages above are the user’s answer “Yes”.

In deciding to continue at this college, how important are Campus Recreation facilities?

WOU National
2013 55.13% 48.61%
2015 60.67% 47.59%
2017 66.28% 48.92%
2019 53.19% 48.00%

Percentages above combine the users’ answers “Very or Moderately Important”.

My recreational needs are met by Campus Recreation.

WOU National
2013 71.23% 76.51%
2015 77.91% 77.74%
2017 81.77% 77.17%
2019 79.77% 76.54%

Percentages above combine the users’ answers “Strongly or Somewhat Agree”.

I enjoy participating in Campus Recreation activities and/or utilizing facilities.

WOU National
2013 86.86% 82.49%
2015 90.18% 85.32%
2017 89.35% 83.99%
2019 86.97% 83.69%

Percentages above combine the users’ answers “Strongly or Somewhat Agree”.

Overall, I would recommend Campus Recreation facilities, programs, and services to others.

WOU National
2013 86.45% 86.20%
2015 89.60% 87.75%
2017 90.54% 86.78%
2019 89.55% 85.42%

Percentages above combine the users’ answers “Strongly or Somewhat Agree”.

Student Fees

The Campus Recreation Department is considered an Auxiliary Enterprise and is designed to provide recreational services to students, faculty, staff, other institutional departments, or incidentally to the general public. As such, the designed distinguishing characteristic of an auxiliary enterprise is that it is managed as an essentially self-supporting activity. The majority of the Campus Recreation Department’s funding comes from the Incidental Fee, a set amount that every student pays each term as part of Western Oregon University’s tuition and fees.

Strategic Plan of Campus Recreation Department

The Campus Recreation Strategic Plan 2017-2020 provided the department an opportunity to create a Mission Statement and develop Values, and establish a series of goals, strategies, and metrics that will guide efforts, both as a comprehensive department, and as individual units within our department. It will allow us to continue to achieve our mission, in ways that are consistent with our values, and our commitment to the greater objectives of Student Affairs and our University.

Past Growth of Campus Recreation Department

2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2014-2015 2015-2018 2019-2021
Health and Wellness Center (HWC)
Climbing Wall
HWC
Climbing Wall
Aquatic Center
HWC
Climbing Wall
Aquatic Center
Fitness Programs
Outdoor Programs & Rentals
Informal Rec
HWC
Climbing Wall
Aquatic Center
Fitness Programs
Outdoor Programs & Rentals
Informal Rec
Turf Field
Intramurals
HWC
Climbing Wall
Aquatic Center
Fitness Programs
Outdoor Programs & Rentals
Informal Rec & Equipment
Turf Field
Intramurals
7 Club Sports
Disc Golf
HWC
Climbing Wall
Aquatic Center
Fitness Programs
Outdoor Programs & Rentals
Informal Rec & Equipment
Turf Field
Intramurals
12 Club Sports
Disc Golf
HWC
Climbing Wall
Aquatic Center
Fitness Programs
Outdoor Programs & Rentals
Informal Rec & Equipment
Turf Field
Intramurals
14 Club Sports
Disc Golf

Future Growth of Campus Recreation Department

The main focus of the Campus Recreation Department is to plan for future growth and requests of our incoming campus population. By utilizing the data gathered from 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019 NASPA Assessment & Knowledge Consortium studies the Campus Recreation Department will be requesting an increase in funding and developing new collaborations with other departments to develop these areas.

  • Full-time staff – Operation, Financial, and Marketing position
  • Club Sports engagements
  • Facility orientation/education program
  • Weekend Informal Rec activities
  • Outdoor overnight program

Advisory Committee

As a volunteer Advisory Committee member, you will have the opportunity to provide a fresh, informed perspective on the shaping of programs and culture. We will be reviewing and making recommendations on a number of activities and scheduling issues, which will determine the success of the facilities and future growth capacity. We are looking for student leaders who are passionate about learning, yearn to implement change, and care about helping other students achieve their potential.

About the Committee

Governance

Campus Recreation is part of the Division of Student Affairs.

The Campus Recreation Advisory Committee consists of:

  • Student – (Voting members)
    Not less than 4 and up to 8 student representatives
    Each area will have a minimum of one representative (HWC, IM, Club Sports, and Athletics)
    No more than two representatives are allowed from each area (HWC, IM, Club Sports, or Athletics)
    (each student will serve for a 1-year term) – General appointments
  • Faculty/Staff – (Voting members)
    Not less than 1 and up to 2 Faculty/Staff representative(s)
    Faculty/Staff member representative(s) will hold a current Health and Wellness Center membership
    (each Faculty/Staff member will serve a 1-year term) – General appointments
  • Ex-Officio – (Non-voting members)
    Campus Recreation Director
    Asst. Campus Recreation Director(s)

Desired Qualifications

  • Proven leadership and analytical skills
  • Self-motivated team player

Commitments

  • Positively and productively communicate about college students’ concerns and needs.
  • Work to influence the direction of existing and future programs for all members.
  • Consistently attend all meetings which will occur up to two times during fall, winter and/or spring terms for approximately 1-2 hours.

Responsibilities

All members will be expected to fill one academic year and are strongly encouraged to re-apply each year.
Voting members consist of no less than five and up to ten general appointed students and faculty/staff members. The Chair will be the tie-breaking vote if needed. A quorum of ½ +1 voting members must be present when calling for a vote.

  • Meeting days and times will be determined at the beginning of each term.
  • The Committee Chair will be selected the first meeting by the committee members or may be carried over from the previous year if desired. It will be their responsibility to run the meeting and assign duties to committee members if needed.
  • It is Campus Recreation’s responsibility to record meeting notes, compile, and distribute meeting minutes via email to committee members within one week of the meeting.

Eligibility

Applicants must be enrolled students or employed faculty/staff at Western Oregon University.

How to Apply

Students, faculty or staff desiring to be a part of the Advisory Committee need to email horseyr@wou.edu for an application. Applications become available at the start of fall academic term and the selection process will during the month of October for the upcoming year. Current members are always strongly encouraged to re-apply. All applications will need to be turned into the Health and Wellness Center front desk during fall recruitment. Email, personal connections, an electronic advertisement indicating applications are being accepted will be displayed during the fall term.

Committee Past Structure

The Campus Recreation Advisory Committee has made adjustments over its history to its internal membership to best fit the student’s voice and representation. The changes are listed here. 2011, 2013, 2017, 2019.

2021-2022 Meeting minutes

January 11, 2021
January 25, 2021
June 8, 2021
February 1, 2022
February 22, 2022

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