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Although the body of research on the benefits of campus recreation for student success is growing, studies lack consistency and are primarily shared within the campus recreation field. Our research seeks to contribute to the growing literature connecting recreation participation with student outcomes. We use data-driven statistical approaches, connecting study findings to implications for professionals and campus leaders across colleges and universities.

Ongoing Research Projects

Relationship between campus recreation facility use, academic outcomes

Authors examine differences between facility users and nonusers by pairing facility swipe card data with student records. Statistical analysis includes logistic regression and matching approaches, controlling for student demographics, academic preparedness, academic goals, family characteristics, and various environmental factors.

Multi-institutional relationship between campus recreation facility use, academic outcomes

The objective of this project is to assess the relationship between academic success and campus recreation participation controlling for differences in students across multiple institutions.

Previous campus recreation studies lack consistency and robustness, including variable use and statistical design. Also, retention analysis is often either focused on the institutional or student levels. This research compares differences between student users and non-users of campus recreation using a multivariate model of student persistence, controlling for various inputs and environmental conditions. This research specifically seeks to examine the relationship between recreation facility use and first-year student persistence and cumulative GPA. Research can also demonstrate methods to calculate additional revenue from 1-year increase retention and apply a statistical matching approach to move closer to causation and examine the definition of users and non-users. Finally, to increase comparability and reliability of findings, this research focuses on student-level analysis across multiple institutions.

Definition of user/user groups in campus recreation

This project seeks to examine the relationship between different user and use group definitions and estimates of first-year retention, as well as first year cumulative GPA.

High school athlete study 

This study seeks to assess the relationship between student persistence, high school sports participation, and collegiate campus recreation participation using multivariate analysis of student level data across multiple institutions to:

Research coordination projects

For more information contact research coordinator Sera Janson Zegre:

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