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    Offered the opportunity to write about whatever topic moves me, I decided my millennial issue is to examine the place of leisure studies in higher education. Having recently left the academy after putting in 15 years at three different universities (most recently, the University of Illinois), affords me certain liberty to explore my thoughts on the future of the field of leisure studies. Within each of my former institutions, I found myself struggling, along with my colleagues, to articulate a vision of leisure studies suited to that institution and the place of leisure studies within it. The challenge that consistently plagued us was trying to adapt our program to what I found to be very rigid, narrow, and antiquated accreditation standards while simultaneously strengthening our position on campus at a time when administrators were looking for programs to eliminate without harming the overall university.

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    Williams, Daniel R. 2000. Anatomy of the academy: Dissecting the past, resecting the future. Journal of Leisure Research. 32(1): 180-185.


    leisure studies, higher education, accreditation, academic program development

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