The mission of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato is to further the cause of leisure as a basic human right and as a prime factor for promoting the quality of life of individuals and communities by preparing effective leisure professionals who are: Responsive to the ever-changing leisure needs of society Develop and utilize leisure-related resources and facilities for the welfare of those served Effectively utilize human talents, the legislative process and the dynamic of society for the leisure welfare of all concerned Promote the basic values of leisure and recreational experiences for individuals and society as a whole.

COAPRT Standard 7.01. - Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate the following entry-level knowledge: a) the nature and scope of the relevant park, recreation, tourism or related professions and their associated industries; b) techniques and processes used by professionals and workers in these industries; and c) the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy.
  • Outcome:
    Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Three final exam questions from RPLS 272: Introduction to Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services were administered to assess this standard. The performance level desired was 70% of students answered all three items correctly.
  • Result:
    In Spring 2019, 65% answered all three correctly, indicating meeting the performance standard was not met. In Fall 2019, 86% answered all three correctly, indicating the performance standard was met.
COAPRT Standard 7.02. - Students graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.
  • Outcome:
    Students graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate the ability to design services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.
  • Measure Type:
    Indirect
  • Assessment Method:
    In the Program Planning course, students developed and implemented evaluations for an event that facilitated targeted human experiences for diverse populations. This evaluation was scored using a rubric. Students scoring 70% or better on the rubric are considered to have demonstrated competency.
  • Result:
    In Spring 2019, 74% of students achieved demonstrated competency by scoring 70% or better.
COAPRT Standard 7.03. - Students graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management/administration in parks, recreation, tourism and/or related professions..
  • Outcome:
    Students graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate entry-level knowledge about strategic management/administration in parks, recreation, tourism and/or related professions.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Students enrolled in Recreation Management III will answer an exam question addressing strategic management/administration. A performance level of 70% of answering correctly will be considered proficiency.
  • Result:
    In Spring 2019, 90% of the students answered the question correctly. In Fall 2019, 88% indicating the performance standard was met.

Demonstration of Compliance:

COAPRT Standard 2.05.05   Demonstration
The program annually posts 7.0 series aggregated data and additional evidence reflecting program academic quality and student achievement on their program and/or departmental website. Such information shall be consistent with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requirements.

COAPRT Standard 3.06   Demonstration
The program has a practice of informing the public about the harm of degree mills and accreditation mills.

COAPRT Standard 3.07   Demonstration
The program has a practice of informing the public about their COAPRT accredited programs.