Author(s)

Brian Stelzer

Date Approved

8-21-2012

Embargo Period

12-21-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Educational Services, Administration, and Higher Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton

Subject(s)

College sports; Engagement (Philosophy)

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to examine patterns of involvement relating to the sport club student athletes during the 2011/12 academic year at Rowan University. The study also sought to examine how this involvement affected attitudes of students toward various aspects of campus. Survey responses were analyzed to determine frequency, mean, standard deviation, percentages and correlations between demographics and reported involvement activities. The study examined the similarities between club sports, varsity athletics, and student government involvement at Rowan University. The findings suggested that students involved in sport clubs chose other physical activities, such as exercising and intramural athletics, as their primary involvement activities. Involvement also influenced their attitudes toward campus environment and showed some significant correlations between the specific involvement activities and the reported demographics, such as gender and involvement in residence hall activities and intramural athletics. The findings did support previous research on involvement theory and campus recreation.

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