Recreation Management Program The Recreation Management Program at UW-La Crosse is the only nationally accredited recreation management program in the University of Wisconsin System. The mission of the program is to train students in the skills of the recreation profession and instill an appreciation of the vital role of leisure in people’s lives. An experiential approach to our teaching makes students uniquely competitive in the recreation job market and provides an excellent transition into the recreation profession. The program serves students interested in a wide range of professional recreation careers. Four emphasis areas (tourism, community-based recreation, outdoor recreation, and generalist) provide the opportunity to create a personalized program of study. Graduates of the recreation management program find employment in government agencies, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, camps, environmental education, military bases, tourism enterprises including resorts, and other for-profit recreation organizations ranging from retail operations to direct service providers.

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:
    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 351 (Civic Engagement in the Recreation Profession): This course requires students to demonstrate an understanding of techniques that may be used to effectively involve the public in recreation issues and decision making (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 (7.01c).
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • 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 351: Unit B from a summative exam is given which includes a series of questions assessing students’ understanding of 7.01b techniques. 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
  • Result:
    7.01a - REC 151 FA 18: Data for this semester was lost as the Canvas shell containing all of the data were removed SP 19: 95.2% (n=20/21) of students achieved 70% or better on Unit Exam Average = 86% 7.01b - REC 351 FA18 100% achieved 80% or better on part B of the exam SP19 100% achieved 80% or better on part B of the exam 7.01c - REC 150 FA18 section 1: 100% (n=26/26) of Students achieved 70% or better on Unit Exam. Class average = 88% FA18 section 2: 96.15% (n=25/26) of Students achieved 70% or better on Unit Exam. Class Average = 80% FA18 section 3: 100% (n=25/25) of Students achieved 70% or better on Unit Exam. Class Average = 95% SP19 section 1: 90.9% (n=20/22) of Students achieved 70% or better on Unit Exam Average = 90% SP19 section 2: 100% (n=25/25) of Students achieved 70% or better on Unit Exam Average = 92% SP19 section 3: 100% (n=24/24) of Students achieved 70% or better on Unit Exam Average = 87%
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:
    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)].
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • 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.
  • Result:
    REC 400 FA18: Planning Project – 85.7% achieved 70% or better. SP19: Planning Project – 72.2% achieved 70% or better. No additional action was taken for Fall. In Spring, after further assessment, it appeared one group encountered group dynamics struggles. As a result, their final project reflected a lower production quality and less rigor. As a follow up for Fall 2019. Further assessment is necessary to determine a best practice for negotiating this challenge in the course, which will be implemented in Fall 2019. This is not the first instance of group dynamics affecting product, though it has become less frequent with implementation of other strategies in previous semesters, e.g. increased rigor on group checkpoints. REC 340 FA18: 100% of students achieved 70% or better. SP19: 100% of students achieved 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:
    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].
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    REC 351 The Class Case Study is a summative direct measure with the goal of 90% of students achieving 80% or better.
  • Result:
    REC 351 FA 18: 84% of students achieved an 75% or better on the class case study assignment SP 19: 89% of students achieved an 75% or better on the class case study assignment. The number of students achieving the desired performance level dipped below the target beginning in SP17. For the FA18, the focus of the class case study was refined, and additional class time was spent on explaining and allowing questions on the final report. The numbers improved in both Fall and Spring. A continued focus will be placed on this assignment.

Therapeutic Recreation Program The Therapeutic Recreation Program at UW-La Crosse prepares majors eligible to become Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) who improve functioning, facilitate leisure education, and promote inclusive recreation participation for people of all abilities and their families and caregivers. We advocate a strengths-approach to helping people reach dreams and goals for healthy functioning, well-being, and satisfying leisure. This health and human service profession is designated as "recreational therapy" in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. Students learn to assess, plan, implement, evaluate, and document therapeutic recreation programs using recreation interventions such as physical activity, expressive arts, horticulture, games, music, animal-assisted therapy, nature-based activities, adventure, stress management, and play. These goal-directed programs help vulnerable individuals and groups with disabling conditions, and acute and chronic health conditions to learn, adapt, and grow through engaging in meaningful recreation and leisure pursuits.

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:
    7.01 A - RTH 493 (Trends & Issues) - The student graduating from the program shall demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the scope and practice of therapeutic recreation. 7.01 B - RTH 470 (Facilitation Techniques) - Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the techniques and processes. (Use best professional practices based on theoretical, philosophical, and scientific foundations of the field of the therapeutic recreation profession in decision-making). 7.01 C- RTH 250 (Introduction to TR) - Student graduating from the program shall demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the historical, philosophical, theoretical and scientific foundation of the therapeutic recreation profession.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    7.01a - RTH 493 - Direct measure is student success in completing Code of Ethics Assignment. Goal is for 80% of students to achieve a “B” or better. 7.01b - RTH 470 - Direct measure is student success in completing content quiz for Chapter 3 in Austin’s text. Goal is for 80% of students to achieve “B” or better. 7.01c - RTH 250 - Direct measure is student success in completing summative final exam. Goal is for 80% of students to achieve “B” or better.
  • Result:
    7.01a – RTH 493 FA18: 100% achieved B or better SP19: 97% achieved B or better 7.01b – RTH 470 FA18: 98% achieved B or better SP19: 95% achieved B or better 7.01c – RTH 250 FA18: 70.5% achieved B or better SP19: 80% achieved B or better **Newer instructor was working through integration of new material in 2018/19. Reevaluated questions and added new items to the exam so that there were a total of 12 questions that pertained to 7.01C, an increase from the nine questions on the exam in previous semesters.
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:
    7.02 A Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate the ability to create/select, conduct, and evaluate individualized assessment for therapeutic recreation services clearly reflecting application of knowledge from relevant facets of contemporary professional therapeutic recreation practice, science, and philosophy. 7.02 B Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate the ability to conduct individualized planning of therapeutic recreation services clearly reflecting application of knowledge from relevant facets of contemporary professional therapeutic recreation practice, science, and philosophy. 7.02 C Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate the ability to implement and facilitate therapeutic recreation interventions and services for diverse clientele, settings, cultures, and contexts. 7.02 D Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate the ability to document therapeutic recreation services according to regulatory, professional, and system requirements. 7.02 E Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate the ability to evaluate therapeutic recreation services at the participant and program level and to use evaluation data to improve the quality of services.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    7.02a: RTH 476: Assessment and Treatment Planning-Therapeutic Recreation. Direct measure is student success on their summative Assessment Portfolio. Goal is for 80% of students to achieve “B” or better. 7.02b: RTH 456: Program Design. Direct measure is student success in on selected summative exam questions. Goal is for 90% of students to achieve “B” or better. 7.02c: RTH 480: Leisure Education. Direct measure is student success in facilitating a summative experience called the “Leisure Education Clinic”. This is a new project instituted in Fall 2017. Goal is for 90% of students to achieve “B” or better. 7.02d: RTH 476: Assessment and Treatment Planning-Therapeutic Recreation. Direct measure is student success on their formative Assessment & Progress Notes Assignment. Goal is for 80% of students to achieve “B” or better. 7.02e: RTH 480: Leisure Education. Direct measure is student success on their Formative Evaluation for Leisure Education Clinic. Goal is for 80% of students to achieve “B” or better.
  • Result:
    7.02a – RTH 476 FA18: 100% achieved B or better SP19: 100% achieved B or better 7.02b – RTH 456 FA18: 95% achieved B or better SP19: 85% achieved B or better 7.02c – RTH 480 FA18: *The instructor for this course left mid-semester so data are unavailable. SP19: 100% achieved B or better 7.02d – RTH 476 FA18: 100% achieved B or better SP19: 100% achieved B or better 7.02e – RTH 480 FA18: *The instructor for this course left mid-semester so data are unavailable. SP19: 88% achieved B 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:
    7.03 A Students graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate entry-level knowledge about facts, concepts, principles, and procedures of management/administration in therapeutic recreation. 7.03 B Students graduating from the program shall be able to apply basic facts, concepts, principles, and procedures of management/administration in therapeutic recreation.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    7.03a: RTH 319: Leadership and Supervision. Direct measure is student success on their summative Management Concept Presentation (Note: This project was changed in Fall 2017 from the “Case Study Report used previously). Goal is for 100% of students to achieve “B” or better. 7.03b: RTH 462: Community Inclusion. Direct measure is student success on their summative Budget Assignment. Goal is for 80% of students to achieve “B” or better.
  • Result:
    7.03a – RTH 319 FA18: 100% achieved B or better SP19: 100% achieved B or better 7.03b – RTH 462 FA18: 100% achieved B or better SP19: 100% achieved B or better

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.