Differences in Employee Perceptions of Entry Level Competencies of NIRSA Campus Recreation Professionals
Core competencies are defined as skills, knowledge, and abilities that an employee needs to be successful in a job. There has been research examining competencies in a variety of professional recreation settings, including campus recreation. Research in campus recreation has confirmed the understanding of the NIRSA Core Competencies: program delivery; philosophy and theory; personal and professional qualities; legal liabilities and risk management; human resources management; facility planning, management, and design; business management; and research and evaluation. The purpose of this study was to examine competencies of entry-level employees in campus recreation departments. More specifically, this study investigated differences in perceptions of entry-level competencies between entry-level employees, mid-level, and upper-level employees in campus recreation departments. There were 466 campus recreation professionals that participated in the survey research and analysis of variance (ANOVA) tests indicated that entry-level employees assign greater importance to specific competencies than employees higher up in the organization.
Beggs, Brent A.; Butts, Olivia; Hurd, Amy; and Elkins, Daniel J., "Differences in Employee Perceptions of Entry Level Competencies of NIRSA Campus Recreation Professionals" (2018). Faculty Publications - Kinesiology and Recreation. 17.