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Resolution relating to change in name and program requirements of the Health/Exercise Science option of the Bachelor of Science in the Department of Kinesiology and Leisure Sciences, College of Education

WHEREAS, Health/Exercise Science is an allied health care discipline primarily concerned with the study of how individuals can influence their state of wellness, and how modern management skills can be used to help others attain such wellness and manage their leisure time, and

WHEREAS, there is increasing demand for management skills and need to meet the standards of national certification agencies such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and

WHEREAS, students will be better served by shifting the requirements of the option and renaming the option to reflect greater emphasis on training in health and leisure management, and

WHEREAS, this change does not change the credit requirements for the degree, nor require any new courses, and

WHEREAS, students are counseled in the development of an individualized program of study, and required courses from the old program will remain as electives for those pursuing careers in exercise physiology, and

WHEREAS, the proposed changes will allow the Department of Kinesiology and Leisure Sciences to more effectively utilize its diminished faculty resources, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the Manoa Faculty Senate recommends that the name of the option be changed to "Health/Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management" and that the required courses be modified as proposed in the memorandum of May 18th to provide greater emphasis on management skills.


Background to Resolution relating to change in name and program requirements of the Health/Exercise Science option of the Bachelor of Science in the Department of Kinesiology and Leisure Sciences, College of Education

The proposal for a change in name and program requirements made by the Department of Kinesiology and Leisure Sciences is made in the context of changing demands within the profession and among students and a restructuring of the department, involving a loss of four out of fourteen faculty. The change is from Health/Exercise Science Program to Health/Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management. While academic credit remains constant, basic science course requirements are replaced with applied and management sciences. This change in program addresses the above conditions, first by orienting the interests of the majority of students. Students who want a more science-oriented program will still be able to take such courses as electives and will be advised to do so. The change in requirements, secondly, creates more of an overlap between this program and the Recreation and Leisure Science Program, so as to more efficiently utilize limited faculty resources.


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