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Recreation Program

The Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies was founded July 1, 1946 and has been a distinct department since inception. The Department offers specializations in Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology; Public Nonprofit and Community Recreation; Recreational Sport Management; Recreational Therapy; and Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management with 500+ undergraduates. The Department works closely with local, state, and national agencies in research, education, and internship opportunities. The Department has a variety of external activities and initiatives, including the Eppley Institute for Park and Public Lands, the National Center on Accessibility and the Leisure Research Institute. In April, 1979 we received program accreditation; we have received subsequent continuing accreditation spanning 35 years. Accreditation, certification, and other markers of excellence continue to be a high priority within the department, school, and university. The most recent accreditation review by the Council was conducted February 2014 resulting in accreditation until 2021.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 76%
  • Outcome 1:
    The project requires students to interview users of leisure/recreational service agencies, based on demographics and lifestyles. Primarily using age/generations as a demographic profile, students interviewed a minimum of four individuals from different age groups to compare, contrast, and understand leisure behaviors across generations.
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    The result of the interviews on leisure behavior provides a picture of how leisure/recreational service agencies must consider demographics in programming and service delivery.
  • Outcome 1 Result:
    The overall performance on project one was 17 out of a total of 20 points for 122 students.
  • Outcome 2:
    By the end of the semester, students will be able to solve problems and apply conflict management skills to their personal wellness issues.
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    The project requires students to be able to dissect an individually chosen health related product to discern how they are being sold on the product. The key to this assignment is for the students to apply seven key covenants to question the material and act as a cautious consumer of health information. Students then summarize their findings and reflect on the impact of the results.
  • Outcome 2 Result:
    The overall performance on Project One was 80 out of a total of 100 points for 146 students.
  • Outcome 3:
    By the end of the semester students will be able to apply communication concepts to the workplace.
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    Reaction Writing 1: This one page writing assignment requires students to read the chapter Management Learning Past to Present and select one of the following management theorists: Mayo, Follett, McGregor, Argyris, Deming, Senge, Maslow, Drucker, Taylor, Tom Peters, Weber, or Fayol. The students are asked to provide an overview of their contributions to Management and briefly summarize the theorist’s work. Students will then identify which approach they categorized within (classical, behavioral or modern/contemporary). Finally, the students will create a scenario and explain in detail how their approach/findings/theory can be applied to a work setting within their field of study.
  • Outcome 3 Result:
    The overall performance on Reaction Writing One was 22.5 out of a total of 25 points for 91 students.
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