The Department of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management at California State University, Chico is one of the oldest programs of this kind in the United States. We offer 5 option areas: Community & Commercial Recreation, and Tourism, Event Management, Parks and Natural Resource Management, Recreation Therapy, and Resort and Lodging Management. We have an average of 250 majors each year, each of whom serve a full time internship as a part of their graduation requirements. We celebrated our 50th Anniversary in 2012, which indicates a long tradition of engaging students in relevant curricula, taught predominately by tenured professors, that prepares students to make valuable contributions in the fields related to recreation.

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:
    After completing the DRHPM Core Curriculum, students will be able to: -Demonstrate knowledge of the scope of the profession along with professional practices of that profession. -Demonstrate knowledge of the a) historical, b) scientific, and c) philosophical foundations of these professions. -Demonstrate the ability to apply techniques and processes relevant to the profession
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Quiz scores from RHPM 200 ("Foundations in Leisure & Recreation") -Personal investigation paper in RHPM 220 ("Recreation Program Planning") -Research on a PARD in RHPM 260 ("Recreation Therapy & Inclusion") - INDIRECT MEASURE- Senior Summit Survey (Q1 "To what extent do you feel you will or will not have adequate knowledge of historical, scientific, and philosophical foundations of the field when you graduate?" and Q2 "To what extent do you feel you will or will not have the ability to apply knowledge to make sound decisions in professional practice?")
  • Result:
    Quiz scores: 28% achieved 70% or better - Investigation paper: 46% achieved 70% or better (this course is graded on a curve and not a percentage and thus the percentages are irrelevant) - PARD Research: 86% achieved 70% or better - Senior Summit Survey: Q1 71% reported "Probably" or "Definitely Will"; Q2 94% reported "Probably" or "Definitely Will"
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:
    After completing the DRHPM Core Curriculum, students will be able to: -Demonstrate the ability to design and implement recreation and related experiences. - Demonstrate the ability to facilitate experiences for diverse clientele, settings, cultures, and contexts - Demonstrate the ability to evaluate service offerings, using evaluation data to improve the quality of offerings.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Program Proposal in RHPM 220 ("Recreation Program Planning") -Accessibility Critique in RECR 260 ("Recreation Therapy and Inclusion") -Service Learning Experience & Paper in RHPM 260 - Senior Summit Survey Q1 "To what extent do you feel you will or will not have the ability to design programs and events?" Q2 "To what extent do you feel you will or will not have the ability to implement and deliver programs or events?" and Q3 "To what extent do you feel you will or will not have the ability to evaluate service offerings, using evaluation data to improve the quality of offerings?"
  • Result:
    Program Proposal: 83% achieved a 70% or better - Senior Summit Survey Q1: 71% reported "Probably or Definitely Will" Senior Summit Survey Q2: 94% reported "Probably or Definitely Will" -Senior Summit Survey Q3: 93% reported "Probably or Definitely Will"
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:
    After completing the DRHPM Core Curriculum, students will be able to: -Demonstrate knowledge of management/administration history and ethics. -Demonstrate knowledge of managing personnel. -Demonstrate knowledge of in marketing -Apply basic concepts and techniques related to budget and financial documents. Apply basic concepts and techniques related to strategic planning
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Quiz Scores in RHPM 400 ("Management of Recreation & Parks") -Presentation in RHPM 301 ("Leadership & Supervision in Recreation") -Leadership Essay in RHPM 301 - Senior Summit Survey Q1 "To what extent do you feel you will or will not have the ability to apply personnel management principles and concepts in the field?" Q2 "To what extent do you feel you will or will not have the ability to apply varied leadership skills and abilities to suit a situation?" and Q3 "To what extent do you feel you will or will not have the ability to apply the concepts and principles of marketing?"
  • Result:
    Quiz scores: 93% achieved 70% or better -Leadership Essay in RHPM 301: 77% achieved 70% or better -Senior Summit Q1: 71% reported "Probably or Definitely Will" -Senior Summit Q2: 94% reported "Probably or Definitely Will" -Senior Summit Q3: 93% reported "Probably or Definitely Will

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.