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Recreation Management Program and Therapeutic Recreation Program

Our department consists of two outstanding programs: Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation. Each offers a distinct framework to effectively integrate recreation. TR students use recreation interventions to address assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions to achieve recovery and well-being. Our students provide treatment services and recreation activities using various techniques, e.g. arts, crafts, animals, sports, games, dance/movement. For all ages, they help maintain clients' physical, mental, and emotional well-being by seeking to reduce depression, stress, and anxiety; recover basic motor functioning and reasoning; build confidence; and socialize effectively. RM students learn mechanisms for planning and delivering recreation programs and activities to bring meaning to and improve our daily quality of life. With newly designed emphases, students may choose outdoor, community, or tourism oriented career paths. Graduates work at resorts, campus recreation facilities, municipal park & recreation agencies, non-profit organizations, cruise lines, federal recreation lands, and more.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 84%
  • Outcome 1:
    REC 151 (Introduction to Recreation). This course includes a stand-alone unit where students learn entry-level knowledge of the nature and scope of basic park, recreation, tourism, and related professions and their associated industries (7.01a) and the associated techniques and processes used by professional (7.01b), REC 150 (Foundations of Recreation). This course includes a stand-alone unit where students learn the philosophical foundations of leisure and the history and development of recreation.
  • Outcome 1 Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Outcome 1 Assessment Method:
    REC 151: A summative unit exam is provided which includes a series of questions assessing each of the three subsets of 7.01 (that is, a, b, & c). Our goal is for 80% of students to achieve 70% or better on the exam. REC 150 - The summative unit exam is used as a direct measure of student learning and the goal is for 80% of students to achieve a 70% or better on the exam
  • Outcome 1 Result:
    REC 151 FA17 100% achieved 70% or better (n=30/30) Class Average = 88.04% SP18 96% achieved 70% or better (n=27/28) Class Average = 84.24% REC 150 FA17 Section 1: 96.77% Section 2: 77.42% Section 3: 93.1% SP18 Section 1: 92.8% Section 2: 96.2% Section 3: 92.3%
  • Outcome 2:
    REC 400 (Planning for Park and Recreation Facilities). This course assesses the ability to: a) assess and implement relevant federal, state, and local statutes specific to a park and recreation comprehensive plan; b) engage citizenry in the park and recreation planning process; and, c) analyze park and recreation facility plans for effectiveness [7.02(a) & 7.02(c)]. REC 340 (Evaluation Methods & Practices) This course assesses students’ abilities to: 1) write properly worded mail & phone survey questions; b) describe the proper steps used to complete surveys; c) use basic statistical applications to interpret data; and d) write a survey report with findings & recommendations [7.02(a), 7.02(b), & 7.02(c)].
  • Outcome 2 Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Outcome 2 Assessment Method:
    REC 400 - 7.02(a) is assessed through the direct measure of the Semester Planning Project with a goal of 95% of students achieving 70% or better. 7.02(c) is assessed through the direct measure of Inventory & Analysis sub-component of the Semester Planning Project with a goal of 95% of students achieving 70% or better. REC 340 The summative Final Research Presentation is the direct measure with a goal of 95% of students achieving 70% or better.
  • Outcome 2 Result:
    REC 400 FA17: Planning Project – 100% achieved 70% or better on both planning & I&A SP18: Planning Project – 100% achieved 70% or better on both planning & I&A REC 340 FA17: 100% of students achieved 70% or better. Note regarding additional indirect measure outcomes from previous year: Results from Spring 2016 indirect measure of student skills indicated students perceived their skills improved in 15 of the 19 research related competencies which were assessed at the beginning and end of the semester. 4 competencies saw no significant difference (those were “understanding & accepting criticism”, “dealing w/personality conflicts”, “enthusiasm & positive attitude”, and “working with #s and graphs”). These were items that were already perceived as strong skills by the students suggesting there was not a need to focus on them. Instead, the course was taught as previously with continued success SP18: Data not available – instructor left university
  • Outcome 3:
    REC 351 (Civic Engagement in the Recreation Profession). This course assesses the ability to assess a recreation management issue by identifying and meeting with stakeholders, researching the issue, and developing a professional report with recommendations for resolution [7.03].
  • Outcome 3 Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Outcome 3 Assessment Method:
    REC 351 The Class Case Study is a summative direct measure with the goal of 90% of students achieving 80% or better.
  • Outcome 3 Result:
    REC 351 FA17 74% of students achieved 80% or better: SP 18: 45% of students achieved an 80% or better. The number of students achieving the desired performance level dipped well below the target beginning in Fall 17. Since then, the course has been completely revamped (beginning in Fall 2018 with the full update - including new prerequisites - being implemented in Spring 2019) to focus in more on the practice of the civic engagement process. The class case study assignment has also been rewritten to better align with the curricular changes.
    COAPRT Standard 2.05.05:  STD_20505
    COAPRT Standard 3.06:  STD_306
    COAPRT Standard 3.07:  STD_307