Research and Assessment
As University Recreation seeks to build the connection for learning and complimenting the academic mission of The University of Alabama, we believe that research that may relate to the significant number of students, faculty, staff and alumni/community that participate in our offerings can present a worthwhile environment for meaningful studies.
We are pleased to announce that to better aid in the intake and timely review of research requests within our department, Dr. John Jackson, Manager of Fitness and Research for University Recreation, will be the staff contact for research investigation inquiries and requests. (Facility Usage Research Request Form) We work directly with the Institutional Review Board at The University of Alabama to ensure that compliance and approvals are conducted in accordance with all necessary policies and procedures. The Office of Research Compliance.
University Recreation 2013-14 Operational Outcomes
- During the 2013-2014 academic year, 75% of first year students (new and transfer) will access a University Recreation facility at least once.
- During the 2013-2014 academic year, overall percentage of female Intramural Participants will increase by 3% compared to the prior year.
- During the 2013-2014 academic year, the percentage of male participants in group exercise will increase from the beginning of the academic year to the end of the academic year.
- During the 2013-2014 academic year, University Recreation will measure the relationship between perceived stress level of participants of University Recreation facilities and/or programs compared to nonusers.
- During the 2013-2014 academic year, University Recreation will conduct research to assess the relationship between usage of the Student Recreation Center and student grade point average and retention.
- During the 2013-2014 academic year, professional staff will attend trainings designed to improve knowledge and application of professionalism which support mentoring and role modeling to student staff. A minimum of five (5) training sessions within University Recreation and Human Resources will be presented with 90% staff attendance rate expected.
- During the 2013-2014 academic year, student staff will be exposed to material in staff meetings and in-services related to improvement of professionalism. A minimum of three (3) training sessions will be presented on the topic of professionalism within University Recreation and other supporting departments with a 90% staff attendance rate expected.
- During the 2013-2014 academic year, professional staff will present at a minimum of three (3) state, regional or national conferences on topics relevant to their area of expertise.
- During the 2013-2014 academic year, seven (7) departmental areas within University Recreation (Membership/Marketing, Informal Recreation, Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, Fitness, Outdoor Recreation and Aquatics) will benchmark against a pre-determined number of comparable campus recreation facilities, present findings and prepare an outline for improvement. These presentations will entail best practices and areas of improvement within University Recreation resources.
Please continue to monitor this portion of our website as links to further assist research interests and information about collaborative research will be updated in the near future.
In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact Dr. George Brown, Executive Director, University Recreation @ firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. John Jackson, Manager of Fitness and Research @ email@example.com should you have any questions.
Dr. George M. Brown, Executive Director