The mission of the department is to assist in promoting the full potential for quality of life for the citizens of the region, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the nation. Thus, the faculty is committed to excellence in teaching, advising, scholarship, research and service. The Recreation, Parks, and Tourism degree is accredited by the Council of Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Fields. The department provides each student with opportunities, resources, and guidance to enhance the quality of life of individuals through effective leadership in tourism and special events, recreation therapy, and outdoor recreation. Toward this end, both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees are designed for the student who is seeking basic, pre-professional knowledge, understanding and experience toward a career in recreation, parks and tourism.

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:
    Recreation, Parks and Tourism students will demonstrate competency in foundational knowledge associated with the profession by recalling, explaining, and recognizing: The purpose and benefits of leisure services and current trends.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    A combination of embedded test questions, term paper, and presentation across four separate classes (RCPT 112, RCPT 210, RCPT 230, RCPT 319)
  • Result:
    In RCPT112 embedded test questions, 95% of students achieved a score of 70% or better on this standard. In RCPT210 embedded test questions, 95% of RCPT students achieved a score of 70% or better on this standard.
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:
    Recreation, Parks and Tourism students will demonstrate competency in program leadership by formulating and applying: Program leadership and facilitation.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    A combination of: activity plan rubric, embedded exam questions, program plan (group grade), and program plan rubric (also group grade) This was assessed in three separate classes: RCPT 112, RCPT 313, RCPT 414
  • Result:
    92.7% of students achieved a score of 70% or better on the program plan rubric.
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:
    Recreation, Parks and Tourism students will demonstrate competency in administrative and management functions by recalling, explaining and applying: Basic fiscal and human resource management skills.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Embedded test questions and Risk Management Plan assignment rubrics. This standard was assessed in three separate classes: RCPT365, and RCPT 414.
  • Result:
    In RCPT365 Over 95% of RCPT students received a score of 70% or higher on this standard. In RCPT414 Over 99% of students received a score of 70% or higher on this standard.