The Leisure Studies Program at Grambling State University evolved from what was initially known as the Recreation Careers Program during the1950s - 1990s. An approved curriculum design occurred in the mid-1980s leading to attainment of national accreditation in October 1986 by the COA/AALR. Grambling State University became the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to receive accreditation of its Recreation Services Program. The program name was later changed to the Leisure Studies Program. Grambling has maintained program accreditation since 1986 with the most recent reaffirmation of accreditation achieved in 2017. Furthermore, the assistance of a national consultant during the Spring of 2013 has enabled Grambling to implement strategies designed to improve student NCTRC test performance.

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 program shall demonstrate: a) the nature and scope of the Leisure Studies Program (General Recreation and Therapeutic Recreation) and their associated industries; b) techniques and processes used by professionals in those industries; 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:
    Direct measures include: Capstone assignments; internship/field-base evaluations by Agency Field-Base Supervisor; portfolio; invited Guests; presentations; projects and comprehensive examination (Level Test III); written assignments; and, course examinations.
  • 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 and 80% achieved the target rate in the core courses (see link). Seventy percent (70%) of the students received a score of 80% or higher on their portfolio assignments within the Leisure Studies Program and 70% achieved a score of 80% or higher on their exams. Approximately 94% of students passed the Level Test III Comprehensive Examination. Faculty and students were able to participate in the 2018 LRPA Conference (Lafayette, LA) resulting in 2 of the majors receiving scholarships. Additionally, faculty and student majors participated in the 2018 TRSSW Regional Conference (Dallas, TX) which also resulted in 1 of the majors receiving a scholarship.
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:
    Graduates from the Leisure Studies Program are provided ample opportunity to achieve learning outcomes including demonstrating the ability to design, implement and evaluate recreational-related services. These opportunities also facilitate personal human encounters that engage students to embrace dimensions of cultural diversity.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Direct measures include: Capstone assignments; internship/field-base evaluations by the Agency Field-Base Supervisor; course portfolios; invited Guests; presentations; case studies; projects and comprehensive examinations (Level Test III); and, written assignments.
  • 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, approximately 94% of students passed Level Test III. Consistent with Standard 7.01, plans have been made for Leisure Studies majors to participate in future 2019 state/regional and national conferences.
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 shall be able to explain and apply the principles/practices of operations, strategic management and administration as it relates to recreation, tourism and resources.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Direct measures include: examinations; marketing; strategic/risk management plans including evaluations; internship evaluations by/from the Agency Internship Supervisor; and, projects along with the comprehensive examination (Level Test III). Indirect measures include: curriculum review; exit interviews; graduate school entrance; and, field-base practicum.
  • Result:
    Results indicate that 80% of the students earned a score of 70% above on: the development of budgets and strategies for financing programs; risk management and safety plans; and, public relations and marketing strategies. Also, approximately 94% of students passed the Level Test III Comprehensive Examination.

The Leisure Studies Program at Grambling State University evolved from what was initially known as the Recreation Careers Program during the1950s - 1990s. An approved curriculum design occurred in the mid-1980s leading to attainment of national accreditation in October 1986 by the COA/AALR. Grambling State University became the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to receive accreditation of its Recreation Services Program. The program name was later changed to the Leisure Studies Program. Grambling has maintained program accreditation since 1986 with the most recent reaffirmation of accreditation achieved in 2017. Furthermore, the assistance of a national consultant during the Spring of 2013 has enabled Grambling to implement strategies designed to improve student NCTRC test performance.

The Leisure Studies Program at Grambling State University evolved from what was initially known as the Recreation Careers Program during the1950s - 1990s. An approved curriculum design occurred in the mid-1980s leading to attainment of national accreditation in October 1986 by the COA/AALR. Grambling State University became the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to receive accreditation of its Recreation Services Program. The program name was later changed to the Leisure Studies Program. Grambling has maintained program accreditation since 1986 with the most recent reaffirmation of accreditation achieved in 2017. Furthermore, the assistance of a national consultant during the Spring of 2013 has enabled Grambling to implement strategies designed to improve student NCTRC test performance.

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.