The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) is located in the College of Education and Human Services at Western Illinois University, and is responsible for preparing students for careers in the fields of recreation, park and tourism management. The RPTA Department has a campus in Macomb and Moline, Illinois and offers B.S. and M.S. degrees. The program offers focused instruction in community recreation, outdoor recreation, therapeutic recreation, tourism, natural resource management and event 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:
    The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) uses a comprehensive exam to measure students’ understanding of the above foundational concepts important to their future career. Faculty teaching this course administered the comprehensive exam at the conclusion of the semester. The following scoring system measured student understanding: 2 = Student completely met the learning expectation 1 = Student partially met the learning expectation 0 = Student did not meet the learning expectation
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    The measurement tool was the final exam. The exam questions directly relate to the learning outcome for developing foundational knowledge of the field. Two sections were offered during the Fall 2017 and one section was offered during Spring 2018. Based on the assessment scale used, 77% (47) students met expectations, 11.5% (7) students partially met expectations, and 11.5% (7) did not meet expectations.
  • Result:
    Results of the RPTA 111 comprehensive exam are reviewed by faculty and department administrator to detect trends and success rates. Subsequently, changes in the content and delivery method to increase student success rate for this learning outcome are discussed, considered and implemented. 72 % of students met the learning expectation, 25% partially met the expectation and 3% did not meet the learning expectation.
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:
    Course: RPTA 235 Instrument: Recreation Program Plan The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) uses a final project (Recreation Program Plan) to measure students’ understanding of the above program development concepts important to their future career. The final project was administered at the conclusion of the semester. The following scoring system measured student understanding: 2 = Student completely met the learning expectation 1 = Student partially met the learning expectation 0 = Student did not meet the learning expectation
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    The assessment of student learning was the capstone project: Recreation Program Plan. This instrument is a compilation of the skills acquired throughout the semester. Based on the assessment scale used, 91% (61) students met expectations, 6% (4) partially met expectations, and 3% (2) students did not meet expectations.
  • Result:
    Results of the RPTA 235 Recreation Program Project are reviewed by faculty to detect trends and success rates. Subsequently, changes in the content and delivery method to increase student success rate for this learning outcome are discussed, considered and implemented. 69 % of students met the learning expectation, 25% partially met the expectation and 6% did not meet the learning expectation.
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 graduating from the program shall demonstrate entry-level knowledge of administrative functions associated with leisure service employment. Specifically, students will know basic: 1. Legal aspects of the recreation profession. 2. Fiscal elements of the recreation profession. 3. Facility management processes in the recreation profession. 4. Policy administration in the recreation profession.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Course: RPTA 322 Instruments: Employee Recruitment and Selection Assignment; Management Trends Term Paper The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) used a final project (Employee Assignment or Trends Term Paper) to measure students’ understanding of the above administrative functions important to their future career. The final project was administered at the conclusion of the semester. The following scoring system measured student understanding: 2 = Student completely met the learning expectation 1 = Student partially met the learning expectation 0 = Student did not meet the learning expectation
  • Result:
    The assessment instrument utilized for this course was not consistent during this academic year. During the year, the courses used a capstone assignment to assess student learning, but different assignments were given between the courses. The assignments are comparable, thus data from both assessment tools are reported here. Two sections were held during the Fall 2017 and one section was held during the Spring 2018. Based on the assessment scale used, 93% (40) students met expectations, 4.7% (2) students partially met expectations, and 2.3% (1) student did not meet expectations.

The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) is located in the College of Education and Human Services at Western Illinois University, and is responsible for preparing students for careers in the fields of recreation, park and tourism management. The RPTA Department has a campus in Macomb and Moline, Illinois and offers B.S. and M.S. degrees. The program offers focused instruction in community recreation, outdoor recreation, therapeutic recreation, tourism, natural resource management and event management.

The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) is located in the College of Education and Human Services at Western Illinois University, and is responsible for preparing students for careers in the fields of recreation, park and tourism management. The RPTA Department has a campus in Macomb and Moline, Illinois and offers B.S. and M.S. degrees. The program offers focused instruction in community recreation, outdoor recreation, therapeutic recreation, tourism, natural resource management and event management.

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.