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					                                                                    2007 NRPA Training &
                                                                   Education Needs Survey
            22377 Belmont Ridge Rd., Ashburn, VA 20148                       State Specific Results
                          www.nrpa.org




January 31, 2008

Dear Steven,

In June 2007, I asked for your assistance in passing along the NRPA Training and Education Needs survey
to your members. The 2007 Training and Education Needs Survey was designed to determine the
following:
        • What was important to professionals in terms of their own education and training needs and how
           their organization viewed what was important?
        • What is the relative importance of education and training to be successful in ones position or
           career?
        • What were the preferred means to deliver education and training?
        • What factors influenced individual and organizational decisions on education and training
           opportunities?
        • What topics or subject areas are important to individual and organizational success?

The survey was launched on September 14, 2007 and closed on December 5, 2007. A total of 1688
responses were received. From NRPA resources, 11,300 professional members, 1800 prospective
members, and 1400 past members were asked to complete the survey. In addition, we asked the Council of
State Executive Directors to pass along information about the survey to their members. The estimated
response rate is below 10%, as it is impossible to know how many state association members received the
request to complete the survey.

Following this letter, you will find the results for your state. In addition, you should have been sent the
overall national results as a separate PDF attachment. The state results were compiled by Meredith
Bridgers. Please feel free to contact her if you have any questions about your results.

We plan to do further analysis and additional research to gain further insight on the training and education
needs of our members and professionals in the field of parks and recreation. It is likely that we will be
seeking your assistance on the future research.

Thank you for your assistance and the response from members of the Wisconsin Park & Recreation
Association in this initial assessment.




Mike Kane, Senior Director, Knowledge and Learning Department




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State Specific Results
The results that follow are for the State of Wisconsin. Of the 1688 respondents to the survey, 88
provided enough information to allow us to attribute them to this state.



The National Recreation and Park Association is conducting this survey to gauge the level
of critical needs in training and education for NRPA members and the profession. The
results of this survey will be used to craft a long-term national plan and agenda for
education and training that will enhance and complement the many education and training
opportunities that exist at the state and national level today.

1. Is your employer a:
Government Agency                  83.0%
Non-Profit -Public                 13.6%
Non-profit - Private                2.3%
Commercial Entity                   0.0%

2. Does your job primarily involve:
Parks and Recreation                                      86.4%
Heritage Conservation (Natural. Cultural and               0.0%
Historical Resources)
Commercial Recreation                                      0.0%
Military Recreation                                        0.0%
Academic Studies                                           0.0%
Therapeutic Recreation                                     4.5%
Aquatics                                                   1.1%
Leisure and aging                                          1.1%
Park and Recreation services or products                   0.0%
business
Other                                                      6.8%

3. Does your employer provide funding for training? (improvement in your current
job capability)
Yes           96.6%
No              3.4%

4. Does your employer provide funding for Development? (improvement in your
future job capability)
Yes           86.6%
No            13.4%




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5. As a park and recreation professional or one involved in the profession
indicate your level of agreement or disagreement with the following statements.
                                            Mean         % Agree-Strongly
                                                            Agree (4-5)
Education and training are a high            3.7               63.5%
priority for my employer
I personally believe that education and      4.6               98.8%
training are essential to career growth
Additional education and training are        4.3               90.6%
important for meeting my career goals
Education and training is important to       4.4               94.1%
maintaining a high level of performance
in my current job

6. Do you feel that you have received the appropriate education and training to be
successful in your present position?
Yes         83.0%
No          17.0%

7. How important is ongoing education and training to you as a park and
recreational professional?
Mean      % Very to Critically
          Important (4-5)
  4.1             84.1%

8. How often do you now seek out or are expected to attend education and training
that is related to your present position or your professional career?
Once per year                     21.6%
2-3 times per year                59.1%
More than 3 times per year        17.0%
Never                              2.3%

9. If you had more education and training opportunities how often would you attend
education and training that is related to your present position and/or your career?
Once per year                        3.4%
2-3 times per year                  55.7%
More than 3 times per year          40.9%
Never                                0.0%




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10. How would you categorize your present position?
Entry level                                   0.0%
Technician/Specialist                         2.3%
Program or Activity Supervisor                5.7%
Recreation Programmer                        10.2%
Resource Manager                              0.0%
Maintenance Manager                           0.0%
Park/Site Manager                             0.0%
Administrative (office                        3.4%
support/accounting/human resources etc.)
Division/Branch/Section Manager               5.7%
Assistant Director                           11.4%
Director                                     48.9%
(Responses for other/NA not calculated for state report, total percentage above represents number of responses divided
by number of respondents attributed to this state, total percentage may not equal 100)

11. Where do you receive job or career specific education and training now? (Check all
that apply)
Local agency or department                              50.0%
College or University                                   31.8%
State Park and Recreation Association                   86.4%
Sponsored program
National Recreation and Park Association                31.8%
Sponsored program
(Responses for other/NA not calculated for state report, total percentage above represents number of responses divided
by number of respondents attributed to this state)

12. What education and training delivery methodologies or approach have you utilized in
the past? (Check all that apply)
3-5 day destination school/conference (out-of-state)       42.0%
3-5 day destination school/conference (in-state)           60.2%
1.5-2 day school/learning seminar (out-of-state)           10.2%
1.5-2 day school/learning seminar (in-state)               60.2%
0.5-1 day school/learning seminar (in-state)               69.3%
On line class (distance learning)                          22.7%
Annual NRPA Congress                                       36.4%
Annual State Conference                                     0.0%
(Responses for other/NA not calculated for state report, total percentage above represents number of responses divided
by number of respondents attributed to this state)




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13. Using a scale of seven with 7 as the highest value and 1 as the lowest value, rate
each of the following topics or subject areas in terms of their value to your success in your
present position, or to prepare you for the future.
                                              Value To Your        Value To Your Future
                                             Present Position
                                            Mean        % 5-7        Mean        % 5-7
Customer Service                               1.8      92.0%           2.0      85.2%
Maintenance Management                         3.3      61.4%           3.1      67.0%
Revenue management                             2.2      83.0%           2.1      83.0%
Security                                       3.6      51.1%           3.5      52.3%
Risk Management                                2.6      79.5%           2.6      79.5%
Marketing                                      2.5      80.7%           2.2      86.4%
Communications                                 2.2      86.4%           2.2      85.2%
Business Management                            2.8      72.7%           2.4      78.4%
Business Planning                              3.0      65.9%           2.5      78.4%
Program Planning/Evaluation                    2.6      73.9%           2.6      77.3%
Strategic Planning                             2.6      77.3%           2.2      85.2%
(NOTE that due to the way in which the data is coded, the closer the mean is to 1, the more highly rated it was by the
respondent, i.e. a mean of 1 would mean that all respondents rated the value at 7, the highest value)

14. Please rate in order of preference with 7 being the highest value and 1 being the
lowest value the education and training delivery methodology or approach that you would
be most likely to utilize.
                                                           Mean        % 5-7
3-5 day destination school/conference (out-of-state)         3.2      26.1%
3-5 day destination school/conference (in-state)             5.2      71.6%
1.5-2 day school/learning seminar (out-of-state)             3.0      19.3%
1.5-2 day school/learning seminar (in-state)                 5.5      84.9%
0.5-1 day school/learning seminar (in-state)                 6.0      89.7%
On line class (distance learning)                            4.2      45.8%
Annual NRPA Congress                                         3.7      39.1%
Annual State Conference                                      5.9      83.9%
(Responses for other/NA not calculated for state report, total percentage may not equal 100)

15. Do you supervise staff? (If you answer "No" you will be directed to question 17)
Yes       87.5%
No        12.5%




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16. If you answered yes to question 15, indicate your level of agreement or
disagreement with the following statements.
                                                   Mean          % Agree-
                                                              Strongly Agree
Education and training are important to keeping      4.4           92.2%
my employee’s job knowledge current
Education and training are important to keeping      4.3           88.3%
my employee’s motivated and productive
Education and training is more important for my      2.8           27.3%
employees than myself

17. Please rate in order of preference with 7 being the highest value and 1 being the
lowest value the education and training delivery methodology or approach that your
organization would most likely support.
                                                      Mean       % 5-7
3-5 day destination school/conference (out-of-state)   2.4      13.8%
3-5 day destination school/conference (in-state)       4.7      61.4%
1.5-2 day school/learning seminar (out-of-state)       2.4      12.5%
1.5-2 day school/learning seminar (in-state)           5.7      81.6%
On line class (distance learning)                      5.0      67.0%
Annual NRPA Congress                                   2.9      22.7%
Annual State Conference                                6.0      86.4%
(Responses for other/NA not calculated for state report, total percentage may not equal 100)

18. What factors influence your decision to attend education and training
programs? Please indicate all that apply.
Required education/training for your job           63.6%
Desire to learn new/additional information that is 90.9%
of interest to you
Good networking opportunity                        78.4%
Education/training location is convenient          81.8%
Cost                                               86.4%
Opportunity to earn CEUs                           58.0%
NRPA sponsored education/training                  14.8%
Subject matter is new/different                    70.5%
Schedule is convenient                             67.0%
Required for certification                         46.6%
(Responses for other/NA not calculated for state report, total percentage above represents number of responses divided
by number of respondents attributed to this state)




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19. What factors influence your organization or you to decide to send your staff to
attend education and training programs? Please indicate all that apply.
Required education/training for your job           62.5%
Desire to learn new/additional information that is 63.6%
of interest to you
Good networking opportunity                        42.0%
Education/training location is convenient          61.4%
Cost                                               83.0%
Opportunity to earn CEUs                           25.0%
NRPA sponsored education/training                  10.2%
Subject matter is new/different                    50.0%
Schedule is convenient                             51.1%
Required for certification                         37.5%
(Responses for other/NA not calculated for state report, total percentage above represents number of responses divided
by number of respondents attributed to this state)

20. How long have you been active in parks and recreation?
Less than 3 years     0.0%
4 to 10 years        21.6%
10 to 19 years       36.4%
20+ years            42.0%

21. Do you possess a professional certification?
Yes       64.8%
No        35.2%

23. Does your organization require a professional certification(s) for any position?
Yes       33.0%
No        33.0%

25. Is your employer organization accredited by the Commission for Accreditation
of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA)?
Yes         3.4%
No         96.6%

26. Are you a member of NRPA?
Yes       60.2%
No        39.8%

27. Are you a member of your state park and recreation association/society?
Yes       96.6%
No         3.4%




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