FSU is hosting a national research study aimed at demonstrating the employability skill competencies student staff develop while working in collegiate recreation. We invite you and your institution to participate in this important work of collecting data for our institutions and the collegiate recreation field. If you are interested or have questions about the study, please contact April Lovett (admoore2@fsu.edu).

Study Title:

Exploring the Career Skills Student Employees Develop throughout their Tenure as Collegiate Recreation Employees and the Subsequent Importance and Perceived Competence of those Skills in Post-Graduation Career Employment

Primary Investigator: April Lovett, M.Ed., Florida State University

Key Documents

Agreement Form:  Institutions that wish to participate will need to fill out the Agreement Form  . The Agreement Form will allow you to list your Primary Investigator (PI) at your institution, as well as your institution profile. If you need a copy of the agreement form with fill-in fields, please email admoore2@fsu.edu.

FSU IRB Application:  The FSU IRB Application details the purpose, research questions/hypothesis, methodology, and analysis of the research project.  This is the best document to assist in filling out your institution's IRB application.

IRB Approval Letter:  Your institution will most likely need a copy of FSU's IRB Approval Letter and Consent Form (see above).

Survey Instruments:  Your institution's IRB may require copies of the research instruments: Survey 1, Survey 2, and Survey 3. Consent forms for each survey are found at the beginning of each of the linked documents.

Research Study FAQ

  • How much does it cost to participate?

This is a home-grown, grassroots research study; therefore at this time, there is no cost to the institution or department to participate in this study. However, please keep in mind that individual institutional data sent back will be in a CSV (a simple file format used to store tabular data that can easily be imported/exported; can be opened as an excel spreadsheet file) file that will need to be analyzed by that particular institution (i.e. there will not be a full report sent back with your data as of yet).

  • Is there a deadline for institutions to commit to being in the study?

No.  Institutional participation is rolling, meaning you can join the study at any time.  Now may not be the right time for your institution to begin the research, but Spring 2018 may be.  It is up to the institution.  Our primary concern will be getting the institution's IRB approval prior to the institution participating.

  • What software are you using to collect data?

We will be using the Qualtrics assessment and evaluation software.

  • When can an institution start collecting data?

As soon as the institution 1) fills out the Agreement Form with intent to participate, 2) supplies the research host (April Lovett- admoore2@fsu.edu) a copy of their approval letter from their own institution’s IRB office, and 3) supplies April with a copy of a research ethics and processes training program certificate of completion (i.e. CITI or institution training program).  April will forward the institution’s Primary Investigator (PI) the Qualtrics links to the surveys as well as a paper copy of Surveys 1 and 2 if the institution has identified paper surveys as best process for collection.

  • What are the institution’s responsibilities in regards to IRB?

The institution must fill out their own institution’s IRB proposal and follow their institution’s IRB process. April can provide you with a copy of the FSU approved consent form and the IRB approval letter for you own institution.Your institution may request to do a reliance agreement with FSU.  If that's the case, your IRB office will need to connect with Julie Haltiwanger (jhaltiwanger@fsu.edu, 850-644-7900). Once your IRB has been approved, please send a copy of the approval letter to April (admoore2@fsu.edu). Once the letter has been recieved, April will release the research matieral to your PI.

  • Can our institution participate without IRB approval?


  • What are the institution’s responsibilities in distributing the surveys?

Institutions have full responsibility to distribute the surveys via the survey link sent to them from April.  We believe that students will respond more favorably to their institution than foreign email addresses.

  • What is the ideal time to distribute Survey 1 so as not to skew student employee answers?

Survey 1 must be distibuted prior to the employee working their first shift in your department. Student employees MUST understand that they do NOT have to take this survey and that it is not a term of their employment or will affect them in any way if they choose not to take it.

  • We are just coming on to the study. Would current student employees take any of the surveys or wait until graduation to take the surveys?

Please limit Survey 1 to ONLY brand-new student employees, Survey 2 to ANY students exiting the department, and Survey 3 to ANY student employee alumni.

  • Does the participating institution need to alert the host PI (April) any time they acquire new participants or have participants graduate?

No, the database we are using to collect data will suffice. Institutions can continue distributing the surveys as needed without alerting the research team every time.

  • How are we protecting participant privacy?

We are coding participants so as to de-identify information. Only the Host PI (April) will have access to the identities.  All identifiable information will be kept in locked folders on a private network and discarded after the study has ended and the data is no longer used.

  • If students end employment pre-graduation, do they take the exit interview survey (Survey 2)?

Yes.This can provide us great information as they leave. Institutions can use the information to enhance their staff development and training programs.

  • Are there any thoughts/concerns of selectively targeting certain student employees to take the survey (e.g. student leaders, students with higher rates of return on previous survey distribution, etc)?

Participant recruitment methodology includes soliciting everyone who falls into the defined participant pool (student employees).  In this method, it might naturally occur that the students more willing to take the surveys are student leaders or would already have a high return rate in taking surveys/evaluations in the department.

  • What will data reporting look like?

Data will be reported externally every spring semester in aggregate from the host research team.The forms of reporting will include 1) a formal report sent to each participating institution and posted to NIRSA; 2) a presentation at the Annual NIRSA Conference each spring if accepted; 3) institution-specific CSV reports that will need additional analysis and processing on each campus; and 4) publications to the Recreational Sport Journal and other publishing bodies.

  • How long do you want institutions to participate in this study?

This study will be longitudinal and ongoing.We encourage participating institutions to build the survey tools into the culture of their institution so that we are always gathering data pertaining to learning competencies, much like how every year institutions fill out the NIRSA Institutional Data Set. This will be a benefit to discover how students are reporting learning competencies over the long term. However participation is rolling, meaning at any given time an institution can either join or leave the study based on their needs.If an institution needs to discontinue participation in the study we request that you let the research host PI know by contacting April (admoore2@fsu.edu)..