The Recreation Management and Leadership program (housed in the Department of Health and Human Development) 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 program features a cohort-based (approximately 60 students per cohort), innovative phased curriculum where students complete 4 blocks of courses together as a community of learners.

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:
    Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • 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.
  • Result:
    Winter (2019): 57% of students scored 80% or more points on exams 1, 2, &3.
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 will demonstrate the ability to design a comprehensive program plan that provides benefits and fulfills needs of a specific target market.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • 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.
  • Result:
    W2019: 82% of students received 80% or more on the final program plan.
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 will apply the principles and procedures of budgeting and financial management to prepare budget.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    All students 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.
  • Result:
    86% of the students (n=37) received an 80% or better.

The Therapeutic Recreation program is one of four concentrations offered through the Recreation Management and Leadership program 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.

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:
    Identify evidence-based techniques and modalities for a specific treatment population
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Evidence-based practice project
  • Result:
    77% (10/13) of students scored 80% or higher on grading rubric.
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:
    Design a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    In RECR 376: Therapeutic Recreation Program Design students must design a TR program plan to meet the needs of a specific treatment population. The performance metrics for this assignment is: 75% of students will score an 80% or greater on the comprehensive plan assignment. In addition to the program plan, students must also develop an individualized treatment plan that clearly identifies treatment goal and objectives. The performance metric for this assignment is: 75% of students will score an 80% or greater on the individualized treatment plan.
  • Result:
    100% of students scored an 80% or greater on the comprehensive plan assignment. Individualized Treatment Plan: Fall 2018: 100% of students scored an 80% or greater on the individualized care plan.
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:
    Describe the role and functions of recreational therapists in the current healthcare and human service delivery systems.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Final Oral Exam
  • Result:
    100% (8/8) of students scored an “8” or higher

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.