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:
    Course: RPTA 111 Instrument: Comprehensive Exam 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 a comprehensive final exam. The exam questions aligned with the learning outcomes for developing foundational knowledge of the field. Two sections were offered during the Fall 2018 and one section was offered during Spring 2019.
  • 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. Based on the assessment scale used, (36) students met expectations, (12) students partially met expectations, and (2) did not meet expectations.
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. One section was held in Fall 2018 and two sections were held in Spring 2019.
  • 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. Based on the assessment scale used, (40) students met expectations, (12) partially met expectations, and (4) students did not meet expectations.
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; Comprehensive Final Exam The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) used a final project and a comprehensive exam to measure students’ understanding of the above administrative functions important to their future career. Both assessments were 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:
    Two instructors taught this course across the academic year and utilized different assessment instruments. During the year, the courses used either a capstone assignment or a comprehensive exam to assess student learning. Both instruments assessed the stated learning outcomes, thus data from both assessment instruments are reported here. Two sections were held during the Fall 2018 and one section was held during the Spring 2019. Based on the assessment scale used, (27) students met expectations, (14) students partially met expectations, and (4) student did not meet expectations.

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.