Campus Recreation Impact on Student Success

Campus Recreation Participant Social Belonging and Student Retention

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  • 71% agreed or strongly agreed that Campus Recreation services provide strong emotional ties to the university.
  • 72% agreed or strongly agreed that Campus Recreation is essential in creating a social bonding experience.
  • 66% agreed or strongly agrees that involvement in Campus Recreation Services has improved their ability to interact with other people.
  • 81% agreed or strongly agreed that their overall happiness has increased since taking part in Campus Recreation services
  • 80% agreed or strongly agreed that their self-confidence has increased as a result of participation in Campus Recreation services.
  • 53% agreed or strongly agreed that their leadership ability has increased as a result of Campus Recreation participation
  • 71% agreed or strongly agreed that participation Campus Recreation has improved their sense of belonging to the university.
  • 77% agreed or strongly agreed that Campus Recreation participation has increased their satisfaction with their overall college experience.
  • 45% said Campus Recreation programs and services were a major factor in choosing EKU
  • 35% said Campus Recreation programs and services were a primary reason for not leaving EKU.

Campus Recreation Participant Information

  • 6% increase (11,818 additional participations) in student usage of the Fitness & Wellness Center.  Campus Recreation has increased participation at the Fitness & Wellness Center by 25% since opening in FY05, which is statistically significant when compared to the slight university enrollment increase over the same academic years. 
  • 87% (8% increase of FY12) of on-campus residents utilized Campus Recreation programs and services for FY13. 
  • 66% (5% increase from FY12) of Richmond Campus students utilize Campus Recreation programs and services.
  • Group exercise numbers increased by 4% for FY13.  This increase in numbers reflects the increased class opportunities provided by the fitness program to the campus community.  
  • Residence Hall (new for FY13) group fitness classes had 123 unique users and 291 total participations attend with the breakdown of 37% freshmen, 33% sophomores, 16% juniors, and 14% seniors.  In the baseline year for offering group exercise classes outside of the Fitness and Wellness Center, the numbers and responses have been very positive for the future.  Eighty-four percent of the participants in the Residence Hall classes had never taken or registered for a group exercise class in the Fitness and Wellness Center.
  • 26.5% increase (1706 additional participations) in Adventure Programs workshops and outdoor trips. 
  • 29.2% increase (1596 additional participations) in student usage of the climbing wall.
  • 16.2% (971 students) increase in unique users who participated in intramural sports.
  • HEAT Assessment:

During FY13, HEAT evaluating its individual programs.  In fall 2012 there were nine different programs presented to EKU students and 480 evaluations were collected.  Overall, 89% of students were “satisfied” or “extremely satisfied” with the HEAT programs. 

HEAT also administers the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) twice each academic year.  This table represents the mean score each semester since starting AUDIT screenings in spring 2008.  The categories are: 0-7 = Low risk for developing alcohol dependencies; 8-15 = Moderate risk; and 16+ = High risk.  The results for the last five year are in the table below.

Spring 2008  (242)

Spring 2009  (68)

Spring 2010  (260)

Spring 2011  (144)

Spring 2012 (181)

Spring 2013 (59)

6.25

6.60

5.08

4.36

3.98

5.03

 

Fall 2009

(287)

Fall 2010

(276)

Fall 2011

(114)

Fall 2012

(108)

6.95

5.83

3.60

5.89

 

This graph represents the mean scores reflected above for each semester since beginning AUDIT screenings in spring 2008. 

Campus Recreation Student Employee Graduation Rates

Student Employee Graduation Rates 
  4 year 5 year 6 year
1999 0% 33% 50%
2000 13% 38% 75%
2001 0% 63% 75%
2002 36% 76% 84%
2003 47% 65% 77%
2004 52% 73% 81%
2005 48% 74% 81%
2006 63% 74% 83%
2007 52% 67% 69%
2008 56% 69% 76%
2009 56%    
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