將一年級學生的滿意度與校園娛樂的參與聯系起來，是持續的部門資助的基礎。Schuh和Upcraft(2001)指出，由于對其廣泛的項目、巨額預算和投資成本的高度審查，校園娛樂項目中需要進行評估。Hall(2005)認為校園娛樂項目可能是最昂貴的學生支持項目之一。不幸的是，CRA缺乏調查學生感知的承諾，并在參與和滿意度之間建立關鍵的聯系(Wever, 2003)。CRA未能完成這項重要的研究，可能會導致部門資源減少、項目提供減少、基礎設施投資減少，并最終使學生面臨離開大學的風險。國家內部娛樂體育協會(NIRSA)研究了學生參與CR項目的影響，發現了參與和學術和個人成功因素之間的關鍵關系(NIRSA, 2004)。研究表明，學生積極參與CR活動，與大學整體滿意度和成功程度相關。在所有受訪學生中,CR排名高于實習項目和活動,文化活動,兼職或全職工作,學生俱樂部和組織、購物、娛樂、餐飲選擇在社區里,出國留學的機會,社區服務的機會,看運動隊,參與運動隊,和聯誼會/兄弟會大學滿意和成功的決定因素(NIRSA,2004)。此外，NIRSA(2004)確定，研究結果在本科和研究生或私立和公立機構之間并無差異。
Linking first-year student satisfaction with Campus Recreation participation is fundamental for continued departmental funding. Schuh and Upcraft (2001) point to the need for assessment within campus recreational programs due to high levels of scrutiny directed toward their broad programs, large budgets, and investment costs. Hall (2005) contends that campus recreation programs are likely to be one of the most expensive student support programs. Unfortunately there has been a lack of commitment from CRA to investigate student perceptions and build key linkages between participation and satisfaction (Wever, 2003). CRA failure to perform this vital research may result in diminished departmental resources, reduced program offerings, less infrastructure investment, and eventually unsatisfied students at risk of departure from the university.The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) study on the impact of student involvement in CR programs and discovered key relationships between participation and academic and personal success factors (NIRSA, 2004). The study demonstrated that active student participation in CR activities correlated with higher overall college satisfaction and success. Among all students surveyed, CR programs and activities ranked higher than internships, cultural activities, part-time or full-time work, student clubs and organizations, shopping, entertainment, restaurant options in the community, chance to study abroad, community service opportunities, watching varsity sports, participating in varsity sports, and sororities/fraternities as determinants of college satisfaction and success (NIRSA, 2004). Additionally, NIRSA (2004) determined that research results did not vary amongst undergraduate versus graduate students or private versus public institutions.