2nd International Congress on Recreation and Sport Management , Muğla, Turkey, 11 - 14 April 2019, pp.311-312
Along with educational programs ensuring a successful academic life for the young people, recreation programs at universities enables young people, university staff and their families with the opportunity to balance their social life. In this study it is aimed to investigate the situation of the campus recreation at the universities in Turkey and offer more advance campus recreation modeling. In Turkey, “Directorates of Health, Culture and Sports” institution undertake the legal responsibility of the social, cultural and sports activities of the youth in the universities. The questionnaires in this study were directed to the heads of these directorates. Through the method of these questionnaires it’s aimed to collect data about planning of recreational activities, participation in them and the usage of facilities, budgets and human resources. According to the results, it is revealed that while there is a lack of student dormitory and staff boarding, the activities are restricted due to common usage conditions and absence of recreation facilities. Participation in these activities are very limited as the professional management structure is not sufficient and there is a lack of recreational philosophy. The cost of the recreational activities cannot be covered due to organizational and executive reasons and additionally the budgets for these organizations are much lower than the world average. Another result is that there is absence of experienced staff under the Health, Culture and Sports Directorates to run the activities at campuses. However, the survey showed that the directors have supported the establishment of campus recreation units which will improve the organization of campus recreation activities. Therefore, campus recreation units should be established at universities and recreation activities that will enrich the lives of students and staff should be organized professionally.