Student Expectations

Exit Interview Infographic Fall 2015             Alumni Survey 2014

Undergraduate

Upon receipt of a bachelor’s degree, students are expected to assume regional, national, or international positions in the development, delivery, or administration of sport or sport education programs. Those already employed in sport or sport education are expected to have enhanced skills, knowledge, and understanding, which will promote the advancement of sport, sport education, or sports sciences.

Program Goals

The specific goals of the bachelor’s degree program are derived from the mission of the Academy. These goals and objectives are as follows:

1. The Academy has identified seven general education goals to prepare students for upper division course work. In support of the Academy’s mission, the goals and objectives are to prepare educated individuals who are able to:
a. Apply critical and independent thinking to real world issues
b. Demonstrate the ability to clearly articulate ideas in writing
c. Demonstrate problem solving capabilities through an expanded vision of the sport discipline
d. Analyze and illustrate with conviction issues of significance in their chosen disciplines
e. Identify ethical principles applied in the world of sport and life in general
f. Synthesize learned theories and relate those theories in practical environments
g. Evaluate issues and trends pertaining to the world of sport

2. The faculty and staff of the Academy provide the necessary tools for students to accomplish the goals listed above by:
a. Demonstrating the appropriate skill sets to work in the profession of sport at various levels of sport from amateur through professional
b. Applying theoretical information and putting that information into practice within sport disciplines
c. Providing materials necessary for students to gain the knowledge, skills, and practical abilities to succeed in the discipline of the sport major being studied
d. Increasing computer literacy by utilizing current computer technology and applications across the curriculum to develop research skills and computer literacy for academic settings, workforce development, and lifelong learning
e. Increasing students’ awareness of the need for a personal philosophy and the importance of ethical principles related to their chosen professions and life in general

GPA Requirement
A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for graduation.

Mentorship – The Culminating Experience
The Academy’s mentorship program enables a student to get in-depth training under the direct supervision of a leader in the student’s chosen field. Mentorship study can provide many opportunities for valuable practical experiences, since the student can select, within established guidelines, both the site and the type of experience desired. The flexibility of mentorship study is particularly important for the professional who
seeks career advancement but prefers to remain employed while pursuing a degree.

Experiencing a mentorship is an excellent opportunity to work side-by-side with experts in the sports profession. The mentorship could provide a student an opportunity to build a network with professionals in the industry. Students should attempt to procure a mentorship in their local area. Students are advised to contact the Mentorship Office to discuss possible mentorship ideas prior to initiating the necessary paperwork.

The mentorship is required in the B.S.S., Ed.D. and some MSS programs (all MSS students do have an option to complete the mentorship), however due to state authorization laws in certain states, some students may not be allowed to complete a mentorship. Those students must contact their advisor for details. For full details regarding the mentorship program, students should download the Mentorship Handbook from the student portal.

Graduate

Master’s Students

Upon receipt of a master’s degree, students are expected to assume regional, national, or international positions in the development, delivery, or administration of sport or sport education programs. Those already employed in sport or sport education are expected to have enhanced skills, knowledge, and understanding, which will promote the advancement of sport, sport education, or sports sciences.

Program Goals
The specific goals of the master’s degree program are derived from the mission of the Academy. These goals and objectives are as follows:

1. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed as a professional in sport disciplines

2. Synthesize and evaluate theoretical information and integrate it into practice by:
a. Explaining issues and trends in sports
b. Summarizing the necessary knowledge and skills in program management
c. Generating organizational or professional development in sport-related programs
d. Interpreting issues through self-directed study, critical thinking, and problem solving

3. Value the need to develop a personal philosophy and ethical principles related to sports by:
a. Combining the knowledge of the sociological, historical, political, and philosophical aspects of sports
b. Developing an understanding and working knowledge of the current state of the sport profession
c. Describing how sports impact human behavior
d. Justifying the application of ethical principles in practical situations.

4. Synthesize the principles and methods of research in the area of sports by summarizing instruction and supervised practice in:
a. Evaluating existing research
b. Formulating research that integrates knowledge and experience with existing theories
c. Assessing and synthesizing data

GPA Requirement
A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required for graduation.

Portfolio and Comprehensive Examinations

Student completing the thesis option in their programs of study will successfully complete a portfolio.

The Master’s Portfolio serves several purposes:
• It will help guide the student through his/her program of study.
• It will focus the students’ interests, sharpen their research experience, increase the breadth of training and expand their scholarly credentials by blending practical life experiences and professional work history within their program of study.
• It will serve as the comprehensive evaluation of the students’ learning and be a clear portrait of the student in terms of interest, scholarly ability, writing skill, independent and critical thinking, and research capability.

Masters students completing the non-thesis or mentorship options in their programs of study must successfully pass a comprehensive examination:
The purpose of the Comprehensive Examination is to confirm that students have met the goals of the master’s degree program. Goals are outlined in the “Master of Sport Science Catalog,” as well as specific competencies formulated to meet those goals. When students are able to demonstrate knowledge of sport science and a specific knowledge in their fields of expertise, students, faculty and administration can be assured that the goals have been met.

Doctoral Students
Upon receipt of a doctoral degree, students are expected to assume regional, national, or international positions in the development, delivery, or administration of sport or sport education programs. Those already employed in sport or sport education are expected to have enhanced skills, knowledge, and understanding, which will promote the advancement of sport, sport education, or sports sciences.
The specific goals of the doctoral program are derived from the mission of the academy and developed to award a terminal degree in the profession of sports. The goals and objectives of the doctoral program are as follows:

1. Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective leadership in academic or administrative environments

2. Summarize instruction and supervised practice in:
a. Assessing existing research in the profession;
b. Synthesizing theories by integrating current or related knowledge with existing concepts
c. Construct and defend original research as part of the professional dissertation

3. Synthesize and evaluate theoretical information and integrate it into practice by:
a. Interpreting issues and trends in sports
b. Designing innovative programs through effective individual leadership
c. Developing knowledge and skills in program administration
d. Interpreting issues through self-directed study, critical thinking, and problem solving

4. Value the need to develop a personal philosophy and ethical principles related to sports by:
a. Combining the knowledge of the sociological, historical, political, and philosophical aspects of sports
b. Generating contributions to the body of knowledge in the sport profession
c. Describing how sports impact human behavior

5. Summarize the principles and methods of research in the profession of sports by:
a. Designing research questions and comparing them with existing theories
b. Evaluating questions critically through analysis of data
c. Developing mastery of quantitative and qualitative methodologies utilized in research
GPA Requirement

A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required for graduation.

Doctoral Portfolio

All doctoral students must complete a doctoral portfolio to reach candidacy.

The Doctoral Portfolio serves several purposes:
• It helps guide the student through his/her program of study;
• It focuses the students’ interests and sharpens their research skills leading towards the capstone experience of the dissertation; and
• It serves as the comprehensive evaluation of the students’ learning.

Outcomes

Evidence of Attainment

Mentorship Results for Academic Year (AY) 2013 – 2014

Mentors, defined as experts in the sport field evaluate each bachelor’s candidate during the mentorship process. A series of 10 Likert scale questions are asked evaluating students preparedness, critical thinking skills, skill set, and working knowledge of sport.

A value of 1 represents a response of Strongly Disagree; a value of 5 represents a response of Strongly Agree.

Trait BSS MSS EdD
1. The student was well prepared for the mentorship experience. 4.96 4.83 4.78
2. The student demonstrated the necessary skill set to complete the learning objectives. 4.96 4.87 4.83
3. The student exhibited critical thinking skills during the mentorship. 4.91 4.83 4.65
4. The student acted on values and principles in practical situations 4.78 4.96 4.91
5. The student identified how sports can impact human behavior. 4.74 4.61 4.74
6. The student demonstrated a working knowledge of the sport profession. 4.78 4.87 4.83
7. The student demonstrated knowledge of issues and trends in sports. 4.52 4.74 4.65
8. The student demonstrated the skill set necessary to succeed as a professional. 4.83 4.87 4.91
9. The student applied theoretical knowledge in a practical manner during the mentorship. 4.57 4.65 4.74
10. The student was able to analyze and synthesize information to make informed decisions. 4.70 4.74 4.87

Attainment of Learning Objectives

Students identify at least 5 learning objectives for their mentorship with the mentor. The following scores identify the level of attainment of those objectives (A score of 5 represent full attainment while 1 represents no attainment)

Bachelors
Learning Objective 1 | 4.652
Learning Objective 2 | 4.522
Learning Objective 3 | 4.652
Learning Objective 4 | 4.478
Learning Objective 5 | 4.739

Masters
Learning Objective 1 | 4.57
Learning Objective 2 | 4.61
Learning Objective 3 | 4.74
Learning Objective 4 | 4.70
Learning Objective 5 | 4.65

Doctoral
Learning Objective 1 | 4.65
Learning Objective 2 | 4.61
Learning Objective 3 | 4.78
Learning Objective 4 | 4.78
Learning Objective 5 | 4.70

Infographic

Comprehensive Examination Results for AY 2013 – 2014

Master’s
Pass Percentage = 85%

Doctoral
Pass Percentage = 100%

Successful Course Completion Rates for AY 2013 – 2014

• BSS 84%
• MSS 91%
• EdD 95%

Employment/Graduation Information (Fall 2014 Alumni Survey)

• 94% of graduates are currently employed.
66% are currently employed in a sport or sport related field
26% are currently employed in a non-sport related sport

• Time to secure employment
68% secured employment immediately after graduation
15 % secured employment 1-4 months after graduation
10% secured employment 5-12 months after graduation
7% secured employment one year after graduation

• 56% of graduates received a promotion or salary increase after earning their degree

• 91% of graduates stated that their educational program prepared them for a career in sport

Graduation Rates
Percentage of students that have graduated or on track to graduate for the past five academic years:
• BSS 74%
• MSS 81%
• EdD 86%

Default Rate
• The latest 3 year cohort default rate for 2012 is 4.7%.

Student-Faculty Ratio
• 8:1

Below are the findings of our most recent exit interviews from graduates for Fall 2015.