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Recreation Program and Therapeutic Recreation

The Recreation Program at Western Washington University was established in 1952, and has been accredited since 1986. We offer a Bachelor of Arts degree with four concentration areas: Community Recreation, Outdoor Recreation, Sustainable Tourism, and Therapeutic Recreation. The Recreation Program features an cohort-based (approximately 60 students per cohort), innovative phased curriculum. The Therapeutic Recreation program is one of four concentrations with the recreation major at Western Washington University. Students in this concentration learn the clinical skills necessary for entry-level employment as a recreational therapist and ensures that students are eligible to take the exam for NCTRC certification. This program was accredited for the first time in 2018.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 93%
  • Outcome 1:
    Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy
  • Outcome 1 Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Outcome 1 Assessment Method:
    All students must successfully complete RECR 201: Foundations of Recreation and Leisure, which covers the history, philosophy, and science-based concepts on which the recreation profession is built. There are 3 exams that are used to assess student learning on this outcome.
  • Outcome 1 Result:
    FA (2018): 78.7% scored an 80 or higher on exams 1-3. Winter (2019): 57% of students scored 80% or more points on exams 1, 2, &3.
  • Outcome 2:
    Students will demonstrate the ability to design a comprehensive program plan that provides benefits and fulfills needs of a specific target market.
  • Outcome 2 Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Outcome 2 Assessment Method:
    In RECR 373: Recreation Programming, students design a comprehensive program to meet the needs of a specific target market. The performance measure for this assignment is: 75% of students will receive 80% or more points on final program plan.
  • Outcome 2 Result:
    Winter 2017: 91.58% of students scored 80% or higher on the final program plan.
  • Outcome 3:
    Students will apply the principles and procedures of budgeting and financial management to prepare budget.
  • Outcome 3 Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Outcome 3 Assessment Method:
    All student must take RECR 444: Budgeting and Finance. In this class students create and formally present a budget proposal. The performance measure for this assignment is: 75% of students will receive 80% or more on the budget proposal and presentation assignment.
  • Outcome 3 Result:
    FA (2018): 90% received a grade of 80% or higher on the budget proposal and presentation assignment.
    COAPRT Standard 2.05.05:  STD_20505
    COAPRT Standard 3.06:  STD_306
    COAPRT Standard 3.07:  STD_307