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EPC Presentation College of Professional Studies Enhancement Recommendations. 10/15/10. Criminal Justice. Education. Engineering Technology. Nursing. Sociology. Social Work. Technology and Occupational Sciences. Current Enhancement/Reallocation Recommendations.

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Epc presentation college of professional studies enhancement recommendations

EPC PresentationCollege of Professional Studies Enhancement Recommendations


Exercise science sports science history of the program
Exercise Science/Sports ScienceHistory of the Program

  • Sports Science

    • The Sports Science-BS program first appeared in the 1993-1995 NMU Undergraduate Bulletin

    • The Sports Science major evolved from a series of Individually Created Programs

    • In addition to serving undergraduates with goals for graduate study in the exercise sciences, Sport Science has become a route of choice for many pre-physical therapy and pre-med students

    • Sports Science currently has 83 majors (F10).

  • Exercise Science

    • The graduate program in Exercise Science was developed to serve an increasing national need for graduates with expertise in cardiac rehabilitation and specialized skills in exercise programming for adults

    • This program first appeared in the 1975-76 NMU Graduate Bulletin

    • While the Exercise Science program has maintained this area of focus, the program has evolved to include high-level sport and recreation performance physiology and biomechanics and preparation for further study at the Ph.D. level.

Internal and external demand for the program
Internal and External Demand for the Program

  • External

    • Job Preparation and Careers in:

      • Fitness Centers

      • Cardiovascular Clinics

      • Coaching at University Level

      • Athletic Training

      • Ph.D. Level Training in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics

    • We have attracted international students from Canada and southern India

    • During the fall 2006 semester, the first student from India (Vels University in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India) began his studies which were subsequently completed

    • As a result, a pipeline was opened which brought several more students to Marquette; this semester there are a total of 6 Indian students studying at Northern

  • Internal

    • Several related majors in HPER require exercise science (ES) courses in their curricula; these include athletic training and health and fitness management

Quality of the program
Quality of the Program

  • The Exercise Science Laboratory (PEIF 146) has been equipped with up-to-date instrumentation to support both teaching and research

  • Recent acquisitions include a Lode Excalibur Cycle Ergometer, a Biodex System 4 Pro Orthopedic Testing & Rehabilitation System, and a portable metabolic analysis system

  • During the 2009-2010 academic year, 14 different Sports Science and/or Exercise Science students or former students were listed on 13 research presentations and/or publications that originated from the Exercise Science Laboratory

  • Presenting at both the 2009 and the 2010 ISBS Conferences, we supported 10 students who presented 15 papers/posters

Quality of program outcomes
Quality of Program Outcomes

  • 127 Publications and Presentations since 1993

  • Over 60 student authors/coauthors

Quality of program outcomes1
Quality of Program Outcomes

  • Graduates of the Sports Science program are being prepared for graduate studies in several professions

  • Recent experience with students in Exercise Science indicated high rates of acceptance to doctoral programs in their chosen field

Exercise science impact justification and overall essentiality of the program
Exercise ScienceImpact, Justification, and Overall Essentiality of the Program

  • NMU has used its resources to increase the visibility of all its programs and especially our programs in Sports Science and Exercise Science to the international community

  • Drs. Jensen and Watts have begun discussions with other international universities with the purpose of establishing MOU’s, these include: the University of Limerick, Dublin City University, University of Ulster (Ireland), University of Konstanz (Germany), and the University of Eindhoven (Netherlands).

  • The number of students in Sports Science has been growing at a very high rate.

  • Any additional faculty members in this area will encourage additional enrollees

Exercise science program
Exercise Science Program

  • The new member to the graduate faculty will bring a history of external grant-funded research, a record of peer reviewed professional publications, and a willingness to work collaboratively with the current faculty, staff and students

  • The scope of research in exercise science ranges from molecular biology to applied biomechanics to sports nutrition to population health promotion to sports psychology and many other fields

Clinical sciences faculty
Clinical SciencesFaculty

  • A new faculty position is recommended in order to develop and instruct in a post-baccalaureate certificate program in Laboratory Sciences

  • Faculty position needed to teach existing courses including Medical Genetics, Cytogenetics, Advanced Hematology, Advanced Microbiology, Intro to Research

  • Faculty needed to oversee clinical practicum experience

  • Faculty responsible for advising, outcomes, accreditation responsibilities

  • High vacancy rate in profession (~10% and growing)

  • Opportunities for increased student enrollment in a high demand profession

Clinical sciences program information
Clinical SciencesProgram Information

  • New program initiative to offer post baccalaureate certificate leading to clinical certification (and/or master’s degree)

    • Enrollment growth

    • Interdisciplinary program with Biology

    • Increasing number of B.S. graduates seeking degrees leading to employment

    • Option for students not accepted to Medical School, Veterinary School, etc.

  • CLS courses required by Radiography, Respiratory Therapy, and Surgical Technology

  • Online upper division courses enrollment increased (26-29 students per course)

Clinical sciences accreditation and affiliation
Clinical SciencesAccreditation and Affiliation

  • 5 NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences) accredited laboratory science programs

  • Molecular Biology program at NMU is one of six accredited programs in the U.S.

  • Cytogenetics program at NMU is one of seven accredited programs in the U.S.

  • The only other institution that offers BOTH Molecular Biology and Cytogenetics is University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • Clinical affiliates for programs are Mayo Clinic and Marshfield Clinic

  • Collaborative research with Biology, Clinical Sciences, Mayo Clinic, Marshfield Clinic, Marquette General Health Systems

Outdoor recreation leisure studies

Outdoor Recreation & Leisure Studies

Mission of outdoor recreation
Mission ofOutdoor Recreation

  • The mission of the Outdoor Recreation Division is to provide an affective, cognitive and experiential academic foundation which meets professional standards in leisure services and outdoor recreation

Student objectives
Student Objectives

  • Interact with traditional and non-traditional educators, working professionals and with people in and out of the University system

  • Develop leadership skills in a variety of settings

  • Develop teaching and interpretive skills

  • Develop outdoor technical skills

  • Develop technological communication skills related to the use of computers, especially in publishing and portable media software and its production

  • Practice practical application of abstract knowledge

  • Engage in discovery, exploration, synthesis, analysis, evaluation, judgment, curiosity, group processes, teamwork, scholarly undergraduate endeavors and enjoyment

Alignment with mission and vision
Alignment with Mission and Vision

  • Intellectual Foundation

    • The intellectual focus of the Bachelor of Science degree in Outdoor Recreation leadership and Management is on the students’ development of competencies in the NRPA/AALR Undergraduate Baccalaureate Standards

Active learning
Active Learning

  • The Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management program requires a 12 credit internship

  • Leadership and Pedagogy in Leisure Services and Program Design in Leisure Services are specifically designed to provide practical application of abstract knowledge

  • RE 261 teaches leadership and pedagogical knowledge and students apply this to teaching topics at local schools

  • In RE 362 students develop leisure programs and implement them in the Marquette area in conjunction with a wide variety of agencies and the public

    • Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Teaching Family Homes, Lost Creek, MARESA, Girls Scouts, local schools and churches, Lake Superior Recovery Center, etc.

  • The program is intricately involved in Superior Edge as a means to enhance the students’ learning experiences

Career preparation
Career Preparation

  • Approximately 95% of the students who actively seek employment in leisure services are successful

  • All graduates who have applied to graduate school have been accepted

  • See the history section for further information regarding employment

Community engagement
Community Engagement

  • ASL, Internships, field work, senior projects, coursework and Superior Edge speaks to the engagement with the community expected in the program

  • We are also strong advocates of study abroad experiences and encourage our students who seek this to do so

External demand for program
External Demand for Program

  • The ORLM program attracts students predominantly from the Midwest

  • Approximately 15% - 20% are transfer students or students to whom we refer to as “discovery majors”

    • Meaning that they are NMU students, are generally sophomores or juniors and discover us and change majors (or retain their original majors and double major).

  • We also attract students from Community Colleges and Jr. Colleges from various locations in the nation

Internal demand for program
Internal Demand for Program

  • The ORLM program does not really provide “essential support” for others in the University

Quality of program inputs and resources
Quality of Program Inputs and Resources

  • Equipment

    • The ORLM program, with support from the HPER Department, maintains a large, and solid inventory of academic outdoor equipment

    • The HPER Department has also invested in some quality specialty equipment (e.g. ice climbing equipment)

    • There is need for mobile media devices (i.e. iPods and iPads) to facilitate design and testing of student work in digital print development and new media (i.e. podcasts and multimedia for handheld devices)

    • In order to offer a quality graduate program in Interpretation, accessibility to an appropriate media lab to provide professional grade recording and editing of audio and video content would be needed

    • This lab would also support graduate research and creative efforts of faculty and students


  • The ORLM program shares 4 “regular” classrooms of varying capacity and quality with the rest of the HPER Department, including HP classes

  • The ORLM program uses the Wildcat Room in the Berry Events Center as its prime “classroom”

  • Also shared is a “classroom” under the bleachers in the Dome.

  • We have also had to occasionally use the Izzo-Marriuci Study Room


  • We currently have one tenure-track faculty, one term faculty, and seven adjuncts

  • Depending upon the number of majors/minors who need 300 level courses, one or both faculty members are often on overload

  • There is no guarantee that key adjuncts who teach critical courses will continue to remain at Northern

  • One enhancement position would provide us with the ability to offer enough sections of required courses to accommodate the number of majors/minors in a timely manner


  • Students have been published in professional publications for scholarly activity related to work with new and portable media in interpretation

  • ORLM students have developed various media projects for agencies in the area


  • Some examples of their work have been:

    • The development of a membership survey for Region 8 of the National Association for Interpretation

    • Development of a design for an Interpretive Laboratory at NMU

    • Development of a design for a “retractable” outdoor challenge team’s course

    • Development of recommendations to Championship Township for development of a Wetlands area

    • Developing a feasibility study for the reconstruction of the McCormick Wilderness Area’s historic buildings

    • Development of an historic/cultural inventory (based upon NPS criteria) for use in establishing trails on NMU’s Forestville

Quality of program outcomes2
Quality of Program Outcomes

  • Job Placement

    • Our alumni are hired at a high rate

  • An enhancement position would permit the program to provide the Wilderness Education Association’s Outdoor Leadership Certification (an international certification)

Outdoor recreation and leisure services
Outdoor Recreation and Leisure Services

  • Alumni are:

  • Managing university outdoor recreation programs

  • Organized camps

  • Interpreters at visitor centers for state, federal, and commercial agencies.

  • Boy and Girl Scout councils

  • Military recreation centers

  • Resorts of various types

  • Community recreation programs

  • Other graduates are senior staff for:

    • Outward Bound

    • Instructors and guides for specific outdoor activities

    • Staff at wilderness therapy centers for youth

    • Interpreters at nature centers

    • Program directors for AmeriCorps

    • Boat captains for tourist based businesses

Outdoor recreation and leisure services cont
Outdoor Recreation and Leisure Services cont.

  • Still others have started, purchased or are managing retail outdoor equipment stores or are sales people for specific products.

  • Since the Wildland Firefighting course was introduced, alumni are also employed with various state and federal land management agencies in wildland firefighting positions, from the front line to middle (or crew) management.

  • Over the last four plus years, there has been an increase in alumni pursuing Master's degrees at various institutions

Size scope and productivity
Size, Scope, and Productivity

Expanded from 30 to over 100 majors since the original program was implemented in 1995/6.

Impact justification and overall essentiality
Impact, Justification, and Overall Essentiality

  • Enrollment in the ORLM program has remained fairly stable over the past several years, averaging over 100

  • At the time the curriculum was implemented we estimated that 60 in the program would be capacity given the number of faculty (2)

  • This enhancement request is made, in part, to solidify the current program and to be able to explore additional enrollment without diluting the quality of the program

Opportunity analysis what new opportunities will this program present
Opportunity Analysis:What New Opportunities will this Program Present?

  • One Enhancement Position will allow:

    • Current faculty to reduce advising responsibilities

    • Provide an opportunity to offer courses in a more timely and effective manner

    • Reduce teaching loads to normal rather than overload

    • Return to Outdoor Leadership component

    • Increase the positive opportunities for research and scholarship

Opportunity analysis
Opportunity Analysis

  • Our vision is to increase the undergraduate major and minor programs to 150 in the next three years and to offer a Master’s program in 3 – 5 years

  • An enhancement position might also provide the opportunity to offer additional certifications related to the profession such an NAI certification, WEA Outdoor Leadership Certification, Leave No Trace Master Educator certification, NPS Interpretation Certification

  • We could also pursue reciprocal agreements with two-year colleges because we could accommodate additional students