Tourism, Hospitality & Recreation Management The Recreation and Tourism Management Department provides a challenging, experiential, student-centered education to prepare professionals to enhance the quality of life of people and their communities through recreation, leisure and play.

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:
    Demonstrate entry-level knowledge in the nature and scope of the park, recreation, tourism, and hospitality professions and the historic, scientific, and philosophical foundations of the profession based on evaluation of key class assignments and industry standards.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Core Confidence Survey - Students are asked to evaluate their confidence on their mastery of knowledge and skills that are part of each core class. Each course objective is formatted as a question describing the content area.
  • Result:
    The 'Core Confidence Survey' was administered to students in three core classes: RTM 278, 402, and 490. The 2019 scores showed the following aggregate means for each course specific learning outcome: (scores range from 1 to 3) RTM 278 (2.49); RTM 402 (3.00); RTM 490 (2.65).
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:
    Demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate services, events, and programs that model inclusive practices and that enhance the quality of life for all people through recreation and leisure experiences in a minimum of 3 required assignments in core courses.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Analysis of supervisors' evaluation of student internships in four areas: overall rating; professional performance and leadership; professional knowledge; professional practice and attitude.
  • Result:
    A total of 43 internship students’ final evaluation forms were analyzed for 2019. All internship students were rated satisfactory by their respective agency supervisors. In addition, the students on average received positive overall ratings in three assessed areas: 1) professional performance and leadership (3.53/4); 2) professional knowledge (3.57/4); and 3) professional practice and attitude (3.67/4).
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:
    Demonstrate entry-level knowledge and skills associated with delivery, leadership, and operations management, including skills in emotional intelligence as assessed on outcome measures.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Core Knowledge Test - a comprehensive exam given at start and finish of the program.
  • Result:
    The Core Knowledge Test had 44.0% score at the start and a 53.3% score at the finish. Although an improvement was observed from the start to finish, the score at the finish was significantly below our standard. This measure is currently under review.

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.