EKU's Department of Recreation and Park Administration (RPA) was established in 1967, and received initial NRPA accreditation in 1980. RPA offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Park Administration with four concentrations: Tourism and Resort Recreation, Recreation Management and Event Planning, Therapeutic Recreation & Natural Resources Recreation Management.

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:
    Outcome 1 from Standard 7.01: Student Scholarship, 2016-2020 Conduct research that contributes to the knowledge base of the represented disciplines in local, state, national, and international venues. (COAPRT 4.07, 5.06, 7.01a & 7.01).
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Outcome 1 Assessment Method: Number of student presenters criterion 20% of RPA students will have their research accepted for presentation.
  • Result:
    ? During 2018-19, 47 students (33.6% of RPA students) had a research experience that culminated in dissemination to a professional audience including: CHS Scholar’s Day, Kentucky Recreation and Park Society conference, and the Kentucky Area Therapeutic Recreation Association workshop.
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:
    Outcome 2 from Standard 7.02: REC 311 Leadership and Diversity Project Students will demonstrate competencies in management, operations, event planning and recreation programming for a diverse population (COAPRT 7.01a, 7.01b, 7.01c, 7.02 & 7.03)
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Outcome 2 Assessment Method: Instructor grade for regional stewardship special event Criterion 75% of students will receive a grade of ""B"" or better on the regional stewardship diversity special event + student reflections
  • Result:
    ? For 2018/2019, 42 students completed REC 311, Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation and planned, organized, delivered, and evaluated a mentoring program and rewards day for children at Bellevue Alternative School (Madison County School System). Of those 42 students, 38 or 90.4% received a grade of ""A"" or ""B"" indicating a measure of success in demonstrating program planning, program delivery, and program evaluation knowledge and skills. According to the instructors, ""This program continues to be a 'real-world' experience working with at-risk youth. The growth of the RPA students is significant and manifested in the way interactions are enhanced throughout the program. Students learn necessary KSA's associated with the profession including programming planning, planning for contingencies, and leadership behaviors."" The journals kept by our RPA students supports this analysis with multiple comments thanking us for the experience and how this mentoring changed their perceptions of at-risk youth as well as enhancing their confidence in working with this type cohort. Professionals at Bellevue also continued to rate the program highly indicating that the REC students are a ""positive influence"" and ""positively impact the behaviors and attitudes of the Bellevue students.""
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:
    Outcome 3 from Standard 7.03: During Senior Internship (REC 463), students will demonstrate their ability to put into practice the knowledge and understanding required in major course work and previous Fieldwork experience by successfully completing a significant project for their agency.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Outcome 3 Assessment Method: Criterion REC 463/473 Senior Internship students will receive an average of 33 points out of a possible 40 points on their agency project evaluation.
  • Result:
    ? For 2018/2019, 46 students completed 24,000 hours of senior internship experience and service to area communities. Of those 46 students, the mean score for the Senior Internship project was 36.57 out of a possible 40 points indicating success in critical thinking, communication skills and effective application of classroom and experiential knowledge.

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.