Sport and recreation management

Sport and Recreation Management

Connecting the world of business and sports.

Whether you’re an active participant in athletics, or just enjoy watching the game, you are looking to transform this passion into a successful career. That’s why you’re interested in Marian University’s sport and recreation management program.


Program Information

Professional Standards in business

Business programs at Marian University are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) whose mission is to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education worldwide, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through specialized accreditation of business programs.

Accreditation Standards

Marian adheres to the following principles of business education promoted by IACBE:

Principle 1: Outcomes Assessment. The academic business unit has developed and fully implemented an outcomes assessment process consistent with their mission and broad-based goals.

Principle 2: Strategic Planning. The academic business unit has developed and implemented a strategic planning process that enables continuous improvement and guides it into the future consistent with its mission.

Principle 3: Curriculum. Programs offered are consistent with current, acceptable business practices and the expectations of professionals in the academic and business communities.

Principle 4: Faculty. Appropriate program coverage is provided by highly-qualified faculty with adequate time to devote to teaching, service, and scholarly activity.

Principle 5: Scholarly and Professional Activities. Faculty members are involved in scholarly and professional activities that enhance the depth and scope of their knowledge.

Principle 6: Resources. Financial resources available are sufficient to support a high-quality learning environment.

Principle 7: Internal and External Relationships. The academic business unit has effective working relationships with other functional units within the institution, meaningful linkages to business practitioners and organizations, effective relationships with external organizations, and is accountable to the public.

Principle 8: International Business Education. The academic business unit ensures that students possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to understand and deal effectively with critical issues in a dynamic global business environment

Principle 9: Educational Innovation. The academic business unit maintains environment that encourages and recognizes innovation and creativity in the education of business students.

Professional Conduct (Standard for Students)

Faculty and Staff in the School of Business expect the highest standards of honest, ethical professional conduct from each of our students. Primary components of professional behavior expected include:

  • respect for others
  • full engagement
  • responsibility and integrity, and
  • commitment to quality.

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
Marian University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Health Care Administration, Management, Marketing, Sport & Recreation Management.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) with major in Information Technology.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with majors in General Management, Health Care Administration, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management.
  • Master of Science (MS) with concentration in Organizational Leadership.
  • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education

11374 Strang Line Road
Lenexa, Kansas 66215, USA
(913) 631-3009
www.iacbe.org

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission .

Mission:
The Program stimulates critical thinking in the application of academic theory to planning and implementation of recreation and sports activities. Students apply social justice, leadership, marketing, legal and management principles to achieve safe sport and recreation programming, facilities, fund raising and entertainment.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will possess an integrated knowledge of business functions & systems.
  • Students will Possess effective written communications skills.
  • Students will Possess effective oral communications skills.
  • Students will be able to effectively apply critical thinking skills to business problems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the management approaches that relate to sport and recreation programming, along with the ability to depict the social forces that influence and shape it.
  • Be able to explain, research, cite evidence and advance recommendations for some of the major problems confronting sport and recreation leadership.
  • Describe the basic aspects of sport and recreation law that includes sport governance, athlete health and safety negligence issues, and sport based labor and employment law by analyzing case studies and advancing alternative responses to problems presented.
  • Evaluate the field of sport and recreation management and identify several career opportunities that students might pursue upon graduation.
  • Assess the management competencies necessary regarding the successful daily operation and control of sport and recreation facilities.

The Program
Through Marian’s sport and recreation management program, you’ll gain knowledge about the sports industry and traditional business principles, and engage in a curriculum centered on developing your skills in critical thinking, communication, cultural awareness, creativity and technology. You’ll take courses that integrate all aspects of business, including accounting, economics, finance, law, management and marketing.

General Education Program: 46-49 credits of University requirements, including PHI 231; ECO 201; MAT 130 or MAT 201. TEC 102 is highly recommended.

Business programs core
34 credits as follows:
31 credits:

ACC 201 Financial Accounting, 3 cr.
BUA 203 Career Preparation, 1 cr.
BUA 210 Statistical Techniques for Research Data Analysis, 3 cr.
BUA 310 International Business, 3 cr.
BUA 350 Business Law, 3 cr.
BUA 402 Strategy and Policy, 3 cr.
ECO 202 Microeconomics, 3 cr.
FIN 301 Managerial Finance, 3 cr.
MGT 213 Principles of Management, 3 cr.
MKT 201 Principles of Marketing, 3 cr.
TEC 200 Fundamentals of Information Technology, 3 cr.

3 credits from the following:
ENG 222 Business Communications, 3 cr.
COM 101 Fundamentals of Communication, 3 cr.
COM 232 Public Speaking, 3 cr.

Sport and recreation management courses
18-21 credits as follows:
18 credits:

SRM 201 Introduction to Sport and Recreation Management, 3 cr.
SRM 202 Sport and Recreation Programming, 3 cr.
SRM 301 Legal Issues in Sport and Recreation Management, 3 cr.
SRM 302 Management of Sport and Recreation Facilities, 3 cr.
SRM 402 Leadership in Sport and Recreation Management, 3 cr.
SRM 422 Sport and Recreation Marketing, 3 cr.

0-3 credits:
SRM 397 Internship, 0 cr.
SRM 497 Internship, 1-3 cr.

19- 22 credits:
University elective

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

As part of the sport and recreation management program, you will engage in personal, one-on-one relationships with faculty, and take part in hands-on internship experiences as early as your sophomore year with public, private and service organizations. In addition, many sport and recreation management majors complement their major with another business major or minor to further enhance their opportunities and increase their marketability.

For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission
920.923.7650
admission@marianuniversity.edu

James Gray, JD
920.923.8136
jtgray75@marianuniversity.edu

Through an applied learning approach, you’ll find Marian’s sport and recreation management program prepares you to achieve your personal and professional goals in the business field. You’ll be inspired by personal, one-on-one attention from expert faculty, who are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and skills to keep you one step ahead of the competition.

Criteria for Undergraduate Business Students
A student who meets Marian University admission standards and who declares a business major must comply with the following standards at each class level:

Freshman Criteria (for students with at least 30 credits completed)
Students should have completed the following with a minimum grade of C:

  • ENG 101 or ENG 105

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Sophomore Criteria (for students with at least 60 credits completed)
Students should have completed the following with a minimum grade of C:

  • ENG 151 or ENG 106
  • MAT 111 or MAT 130 or MAT 132
  • BUA 210
  • Science lab(s)

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Junior and Senior criterion (for students with at least 80 credits completed)
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Failure to Meet Criteria
Any business student failing to meet these criteria is placed on probation. During the first semester of probation, students may continue taking business courses. If the student has failed to meet the criteria after one semester on probation, that student may only retake deficient classes and general education requirements.

Graduation Requirements
A business student is not allowed to graduate with a D+ or lower grade in any business course. If such a grade is recorded, the course must be retaken and a grade of C- or above must be achieved. All business students are required to take a comprehensive exit examination during the semester prior to graduation. Students pursuing more than one major in the business program must complete at least 15 credits of unique courses to count in each major. Students pursuing a minor must complete at least 9 credits of courses unique to the minor.

Internship Experience
The internship provides practical work experience related to the student's career objective. All internships involve planned and supervised on-the-job training with interaction among the student, a faculty advisor, and a supervisor from the site of the internship. The student may complete the internship on a part- or full-time basis. Before the student begins their internship, they must consult with the internship coordinator in their respective discipline to review requirements and expectations.

Prior to the start of the internship, the site must be approved and a learning contract and supervisor agreement must be completed. Students are eligible to register for a 0-3 credit internship upon achieving junior status. Specific internship requirements such as number of hours, paperwork, and other assignments may differ depending on major. Students must consult with the program director and internship coordinator for these details and cannot register for the internship until authorized by the internship coordinator. Business students are required to complete a minimum of one internship experience regardless of the number of declared majors.

As a graduate of the sport and recreation management program, you will find increasing opportunities for leadership and lucrative employment, especially in the ever-changing business world. Sport and recreation management graduates are qualified to work in a wide variety of areas, including corporate fitness, professional and amateur sports organizations, recreation programming, sport facility management and sports marketing. Recent graduates have found career success with organizations including the Atlanta Braves, Boys and Girls Club, Chicago Wolves, GMR Marketing, Miami Dolphins, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and the YMCA.

SPORT & RECREATION MANAGEMENT

Assessment

Outcome: Knowledge Acquisition – Business
Measure: Peregrine CPC Comp Exam

Results:

Marian Baseline Target = 50 %-ile (51.9% correct)
Comparison (IACBE schools) = 50%-ile (51.9% correct)
Marian Stretch Goal = 80%-ile (62.5% correct)
Marian Average achieved = 78%-ile (59.9% correct)
Marian Highest Achieved = 98%-ile (79% correct)

Conclusions:

On average, Marian students performed higher than the IACBE comparison average.
Almost half of Marian students performed in the top 20 percent nationally (45%).
In general, students have good knowledge of business concepts as measured by the CPC-Comp.

Outcome: Integrated Knowledge of Business
Measure: CAPSIMBusiness Simulation

Results:

Standard: Balanced Scorecard – Standard = at/above National average (50th %-ile)
Stretch Goal: Balanced Scorecard - Standard = at/above 80th %-ile
Marian Achieved = All teams above average except 1. (Range: 16th to 96th %-ile)
Marian Stretch Goal Achieved: 44% of teams at or above 80%

Conclusions:

94% of Marian teams achieved results at or above the national average compared with others teams.
44% of Marian teams achieved the stretch goal performing at or above the 80th percentile.
In general, students do well in the simulation, demonstrating integrated knowledge of business.

Internships

Recent graduates have held internships in places such as:

  • Baseball Info Solutions
  • Camp Menoninee
  • CERA Park
  • Chicago Cubs @ Wrigley Field
  • Evolution Hockey
  • FDL Boys & Girls Club
  • FDL Youth Sports
  • Madison Mallards
  • Mascoutin Golf Club
  • Milwaukee Admirals
  • North Lake Recreation Club
  • PGA of America

Alumni Spotlight: Meet Kira Schnell-Harrison, class of ’08. Kira graduated from Marian University with a Marketing degree and is now employed as a Retail Account Specialist with Simmons Bedding Company. See Kira's story here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LF8p4D_-Nw4

Internships are one of the many opportunities to gain hands-on experience while receiving an education at Marian University. Senior Kate Kostac, is just one shining example of a student who had a great experience while completing their internship. Kate served as the Human Resources Intern at the Fond du Lac Family YMCA. Watch her video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThRlFJOFuRY&feature=youtu.be

When given the opportunity to complete an internship as part of her program, Brooke took on the opportunity!! Hear about her experiences as a human resources intern at Agnesian. Watch her video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj2yIlHT30U&index=2&list=PLa9LcWENF5FqeW1Jh4vajm0jGLAE5ZS8E

Learn more about Business programs at Marian! http://youtu.be/IzxF3cIHxx8

James Gray, J.D.
Associate Professor, Sport and Recreation Management Program Director
jtgray75@marianuniversity.edu
920.923.8136


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Did You Know?

Nine companies within Wisconsin partnered with Marian University and provided input to our Business programs (Source: School of Business and Public Safety, 2013-2014).

Campus Info

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45 S. National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699

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