Differences in Employee Perceptions of Entry Level Competencies of NIRSA Campus Recreation Professionals

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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.


This article was originally published as Beggs, B. A., Butts, O., Hurd, A. R., Elkins, D. J. (2018). Differences in employee perceptions of entry level competencies of NIRSA campus recreation professionals. Recreational Sports Journal, 42(1), 90-101.