Rebekah Mills

Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Jason Page, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Christopher Bode

Third Advisor

Connor Cumisky


SUNY Cortland Outdoor Pursuits opened in August of 2015 with the completion of the newly constructed Student Life Center. Outdoor Pursuits is a smaller department within the Recreational Sports Department. Outdoor Pursuits offers rock climbing services at its facility located in the Student Life Center. Currently, Outdoor Pursuits offers Bouldering and Top Roping services only when the Student Life Center is open, these hours are typically 3-10 pm. Monday-Friday and Saturday-Sunday 2-8 pm. These services are only provided to eligible SUNY Cortland faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other affiliated members. As the facility has grown in popularity during its operation, it has become apparent that there is a need for expanded programming. The need for additional programming is highlighted by the current lack of services for individuals with functional differences. To create a program that caters to the needs of individuals with functional differences, SUNY Cortland Outdoor pursuits would need to establish an adaptive climbing program. This adaptive program plan, in turn, required the development and administration of a needs assessment interview. The needs assessment provided the committee with valuable information needed for creating a program plan that adapted and enhanced the current mission, vision, values, and goals of SUNY Cortland Outdoor Pursuits and specifically the climbing wall. Based on the needs assessment interview results, a program plan has been created specific to Outdoor Pursuits and allows for a blueprint staff manual and training guide that SUNY Cortland Outdoor Pursuits can refer to in the future, should they choose to expand their programming to individuals with functional differences.