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Paul A. Cacolice and Corinne M. Ebbs

Key Points ▸ There is moderate evidence from the literature to support the use of canine therapy to decrease stress and increase arousal in undergraduate females. ▸ A conclusive effect of canine therapy on undergraduate males remains unknown. Clinical Scenario Recent practice utilizes therapy

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Stuart A. McErlain-Naylor

According to the National Union of Students, “partnership is about investing students with the power to co-create.” 3 One common way of facilitating staff–student partnerships is through undergraduate involvement in research projects, which has been called the pedagogy for the 21st century. 4 While staff

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Isabel Valdez and Ting Liu

Enhancing undergraduate student involvement in research has been a major goal of American universities since the release of the Carnegie Foundation’s College: The Undergraduate Experience in America ( Boyer, 1987 ). Since the Carnegie Foundation report, American universities have placed a greater

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James A. Carson, John K. Petrella, Vanessa Yingling, Mallory R. Marshall, Jenny O, and Jennifer J. Sherwood

Research and discovery are long-standing hallmarks of higher education. Over the past several decades, the value of conducting and participating in research has expanded from a primary focus for graduate students to include undergraduate students ( Linn, Palmer, Baranger, Gerard, & Stone, 2015

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Jared A. Russell

Undergraduate research experiences are a crucial aspect of a well-rounded undergraduate educational experience. Specifically, these experiences are an effective means of preparing students for the rigors of graduate or professional studies ( Association of American Colleges, & National Leadership

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Shannon Kerwin and Kirsty Spence

transformative activities within their undergraduate experiences. Rather than producing “technicist administrators,” Zakus et al. ( 2007 ) advocated for sport management educators to develop students’ critical thinking toward innovative leadership. Many sport management programs offer placements or internships

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David R. Bassett, Jeffrey T. Fairbrother, Lynn B. Panton, Philip E. Martin, and Ann M. Swartz

the formation of the American Kinesiology Association (AKA) in 2006 and the transformation of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education to the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK) in 2010. The undergraduate curriculum in kinesiology proposed by AKA in 2014 includes the following

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Melissa Pangelinan, Marc Norcross, Megan MacDonald, Mary Rudisill, Danielle Wadsworth, and James McDonald

Experiential learning via internships, practicums, and research provides undergraduate students with rich opportunities to enhance their knowledge of core concepts in kinesiology. Moreover, these types of experiences increase job-related skills (e.g., leadership development, critical thinking

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Jessica L. Kutz, Melissa Bopp, and Lori A. Gravish Hurtack

education across most disciplines highlights the importance of planning for evolving trends and different demographics within the student body. With the increasing financial costs of not only undergraduate studies but also the heightened rise of graduate school tuition rates, students and their families are

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Melissa Bopp

Engaged scholarship provides students with opportunities to learn and practice skills within both the general community and underserved populations. These types of opportunities are needed in kinesiology programs which train many allied health and wellness professionals. This paper outlines different strategies that were used to create service-learning opportunities in kinesiology undergraduate classes. Using frameworks established by national organizations (e.g., League of American Bicyclists, American Fitness Index), students have an opportunity to apply concepts of how community, policy, and the environment impact physical activity and public health. These activities help students gain experience by interacting in a professional setting; building skills for data collection, community engagement, and public speaking; and apply content from coursework to real-world situations.