Campus Rec is the playful beating heart of Portland State University, where quality recreation and wellness programs inspire, empower and educate. 

We are nationally recognized for accessible and innovative programs and facilities that are available to Portland State students, faculty, staff, alumni and community affiliates. Good health, memorable experiences and learning are at your fingertips. Come play with us! 


Campus Rec provides an inclusive environment where recreation and wellness opportunities inspire, empower and educate people to be positive contributors to the global community.


A healthy, happy, engaged Portland State community.

Statement of Dignity

Campus Rec recognizes and celebrates the human differences that surround us. Join us in embracing this philosophy by treating everyone with respect and kindness.


  • Community: Cultivate healthy and supportive relationships.
  • Inclusion: Create environments and experiences that support everyone’s right to participate.
  • Innovation: Achieve excellence in collegiate recreation through new and more effective methods.
  • Integrity: Operate with responsibility, honesty and transparency.
  • Sustainability: Champion sound social, environmental and economic practices.
  • Wellbeing: Promote the holistic success, safety and vitality of the Portland State community.

History & Milestones

Campus Rec has come a long way since a new facility was proposed in 1987. Explore Campus Rec's history and milestones throughout the years─from the demolition of the former Portland Center for Advanced Technology (PCAT) building in 2007, to the grand opening of the Academic & Student Recreation Center (ASRC) in 2010, to our 10-year anniversary celebration in 2020.

Commitment to Racial Justice 

Shared on June 4, 2020

The recent loss of life, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade, and the reillumination of historical injustices have filled us with a sadness, fear, and anger that is overwhelming at times. In spite of this and because of this─we want to be clear that, whether on campus or across the country, Portland State Campus Rec stands in support of Black and Brown People and their communities. Knowing that our staff and Rec Center members experience injustice and racism deepens our resolve. 

Campus Rec has long recognized our responsibility to bring about social change at a place where students, faculty, and staff from all of our communities come together to move, play, work, and build community. In order to truly promote equity and wellbeing for all, we remain, as a department and as individuals, committed to identifying and eliminating barriers to support all individuals in our community. This summer we will partner with colleagues across the PSU campus in developing an action plan to engage in anti-racism work. We encourage you to join our staff members who are protesting, amplifying, speaking out, listening, and seeking resources to better educate themselves. Any and every action toward racial justice contributes to a better world for all.

Strategic Plan

Guided by Portland State's 2016 - 2020 strategic plan, Campus Rec created a new strategic plan to guide our efforts over the next five years. Our strategic plan goals are to:

  • Enhance Student Success
  • Promote Wellbeing
  • Expand our Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Operate Sustainably

View Campus Rec's 2017 - 2021 strategic plan (PDF), last updated on October 13, 2017. 

Data & Reports 

Campus Rec engages in systematic assessment and continuous improvement to meet the needs of our users. To measure our success in meeting the goals of our strategic plan, we collect and examine multiple data points which undergo various stakeholder reviews. Below is a summary of our ongoing organizational assessment work.

Member Survey

The annual member survey informs our strategic plan goals by asking members about the impact Campus Rec makes in their lives. The member survey is emailed to current Campus Rec members each winter term. Survey results are updated on the website each summer. View the 2017-2019 member survey summary (PDF).

Here are a few examples of how we have responded to last year’s member survey data:

  • Provide additional customer service training for all staff to enhance the member experience.
  • Establish better teamwork practices and communication between staff across shifts.
  • Creating remote opportunities for Outdoor Program users to connect and learn more about programs.
  • Monitor GroupX class difficulty levels through more frequent audits and observations.

The current member survey is closed. Please return here next February to complete the survey.

Employee Survey

The annual employee survey helps Campus Rec to understand how we are enhancing student success for our 150+ student employees. Our goal is to provide impactful employment that provides career readiness skills to complement their academic achievements. Employees complete the survey each spring, and results are updated on the website each summer. Employee survey highlights will be available in January 2021.


Campus Rec Advisory Board

The purpose of the Board is to advise the Department of Campus Rec on the long-term operation of the Student Recreation Center and the programs housed under Campus Rec. Board members will ensure department goals and objectives are aligned with the University’s strategic plan as well as meeting the needs of Portland State students and other users of Campus Rec resources.

The Advisory Board typically meets monthly on Tuesdays from 12:30-2:00 p.m. with additional meetings in fall term for budget preparation. The board is comprised of PSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and administrators who are current Campus Rec members.

The Advisory Board will review, advise, support and offer recommendations on:

  1. Campus Rec's annual budget (approved by the Advisory Board)
  2. Program development and expansion
  3. Program assessment
  4. Facility scheduling and operating hours
  5. Program and facility use eligibility
  6. Capital projects and improvements
  7. Major equipment purchases


Advisory Board Meeting Agendas

Advisory Board Meeting Minutes


When do you meet?

The advisory board meets monthly during fall, winter, and spring terms. For winter and spring 2021, the board meets virtually on the third Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. on Zoom. During fall term there are usually one or two extra meetings regarding our budget.

2020-2021 Scheduled Meetings

  • April 20, 2021 (Interview and select new members)
  • May 18, 2021

What is the time commitment?

Beyond the regular meetings there is time to read materials before-hand (usually 15-30 minutes) and on occasion sub-committee work. There is also a fall on-boarding, usually before school starts, that is four hours.

Is it paid?

No, these are volunteer positions. But we do supply coffee and bagels for regular meetings.