Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Alton Little, William Kummer, Carl Kell

Degree Program

Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport

Degree Type

Master of Science


This study was conducted in order to determine the effects of educational budget cuts on student programming in universities and colleges. It was stated that the universities monies allocated specifically for student programming had decreased, the number of full-time university employees had decreased, the number of national performers brought to campus had decreased, and student participation had decreased A questionnaire was designed to send to those institutions that were NECAA, Great Lakes Region, members. A 62 percent return was received, the questionnaires were tabulated and data accumulated. The data indicated that most universities had received sufficient funds for student programming from their institutions. However, from 1979-1982, those respondents that felt they had sufficient funds decreased. The number of full-time, as well as part-time, employees in the area of student activities had decreased slightly. The number of national performers brought to campus decreased, while the number of local performers increased. It was also found that the cost of a national performance had decreased. The data indicated that student participation within student activities had increased. Recommendations were made based upon the findings and conclusions. It was suggested that the questionnaire be revised in order to obtain more useful information. It was also recommended that similar studies be repeated within this and other NECAA regions so as to provide continuous and current data in the field. It was further suggested that Western Kentucky University be made aware of the results of this study and participate actively in further endeavors.


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