The Leisure Studies Program at Grambling State University was initially identified as the Recreation Careers Program during the 1950s - 1980s. A redesign of the curriculum during the mid-1980s led to the achievement of national accreditation of the Recreation Services Program (RSP) in October of 1986 by the former COA (AALR); a first for a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The program's name was later changed to reflect the current name of Leisure Services Program (LSP). Grambling has maintained national accreditation since 1986 with reaffirmation of the LSP achieved in 2017. Grambling's LSP is accredited through 2024.

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 LSP shall demonstrate: a) the nature and scope of the Leisure Studies Program (General Recreation and Therapeutic Recreation) inclusive of related industries; b) techniques and processes used by professionals in the industry; c) recognize and analyze the roles and interrelation of diverse leisure service delivery systems; d) recognize basic facts, concepts, principles and procedures of management/administration in parks, recreation administration and related professions; and, e) demonstrate entry-level knowledge of historical, scientific and philosophical foundations of the profession.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Learning outcomes for Standard 7.01 were assessed through: Capstone assignments; internship/field-base evaluations by Supervisors; portfolios; the use of Invited Guests; class presentations; projects; and,through a comprehensive examination (Level Test III).
  • Result:
    Assessment data indicate that students in the Leisure Studies Program are learning and applying knowledge of the scope of the profession, historical, philosophical and scientific basis of practice. Eighty percent (80%) of the students achieved the target rate in the entry-level course while 80% achieved the target rate in the core courses (see link). Seventy percent (70%) achieved as score of 80% or higher on their portfolio assignments within the Leisure Studies Program while 70% achieved a score of 80% or higher on their exams. Approximately 90% of students passed the Level Test III comprehensive examination. Between 15 - 25 Leisure Studies Program students also participated in professional conferences during 2019-20 inclusive of: LRPA (Baton Rouge, LA); the TRSSW Regional Conference (Dallas, TX); and, the Gulf Coast Regional Symposium (Gulf Shores, AL).
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:
    Program-specific learning outcomes utilized for graduating students that were consistent with COAPRT Standard 7.02 included demonstrating the ability to design programs, implement and evaluate recreational-related services. Students were also provided opportunities to engage, interact and/or interface with diverse clientele enabling them to embrace/experience vairous dimensions of cultural diversity.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Methods utilized to assess achievement of learning outcomes for Standard 7.02 included Capstone assignments, through evaluations of students' internship and/or field-base experiences, Invited Guests, class/group presentations, case studies, projects, written assignments and through comprehensive examinations (Level Test III).
  • Result:
    Approximately 90% of students scored 70% or above on their portfolio including information relative to on-site planning, program development, data analysis and evaluation. Additionally, 93% of students passed the Level Test III. As indicated in Standard 7.01, students were privy to professional conferences throughout 2019 via regional conferences/symposium in AL and TX along with participation in a state conference in LA. symposiums
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 completing the undergraduate degree program in Leisure Studies are able to explain and apply the principles and practices of operations, strategic management and administration related to recreation, tourism and related professions in the industry.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Some of the methods utilized to assess learning outcomes for Standard 7.03 include written examinations, marketing assignments, preparation of strategic/risk management plans inclusive of evaluations by/from Supervisors, the presentation of projects and through comprehensive examination (Level Test III). Other methods also include curriculum review, exit interview, graduate school entrance and the field-base practicum.
  • Result:
    Results indicate that 80% of the students earned a score of 70% and above on: the development of budgets along with strategies for financing programs; risk management and safety plans; and, through the public relations and marketing strategies. Additionally, approximately 90% of students passed the Level Test III Comprehensive Examination.

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.