Date of Award

Fall 8-1-1973

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Public Health


The main purpose of this study was to investigate the present status of the physical education programs in Minnesota state supported junior colleges. Questionnaires were sent out to eighteen colleges and eighteen, or 100.0 per cent, were returned. Areas surveyed were professional physical education offerings, qualifications of instructors and characteristics of the physical education activity program. The following conclusions were made: 1. Some physical education instructors' academic qualifications were below standards . 2 . Science foundation courses and professional programs of physical education were adequate. 3 . Physical education activity courses met transfer standards . The following recommendations were made: 1. Graduation requirements for junior college students should include at least 4 quarter hours of physical education. 2 . Written examinations and performance skill tests should be administered in all activity courses by all junior colleges . 3 . More women should be employed to maintain a better balance between men and women staff in the physical education departments .

4 . A basic structure of pre-professional courses should be offered by all state supported junior colleges to assure consistency of programs for students whose goal is the baccalaureate degree.