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Recreation, Parks and Leisure Sevices Administration Program and Therapeutic Recreation

The Recreation Parks and Leisure Services Administration program at Central Michigan University is host to three program concentrations; Therapeutic Recreation, Recreation and Event Management, and Outdoor Recreation. The enrollment for these concentration approximates 400 students. The program has been nationally accredited since 1981. The Outdoor Recreation concentration provides extensive training in the areas of environmental interpretation, park management, and outdoor/adventure programming. The Recreation and Event Management concentration's focus on programming and administration leads to broad opportunities in the event industry including; resorts, convention centers, entertainment venues, community recreation, theme/amusement parks, military recreation, etc. The Therapeutic Recreation program trains students to become national certified recreation therapist delivering clinical programs/services to persons with disabilities. This controlled enrollment program provides a treatment based curriculum with a capstone clinical internship requirement.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 85%
  • Outcome 1:
    Students will demonstrate entry-level knowledge of nature and cope of the park, recreation, tourism or related professions, techniques used by professional in those industries, and the foundations of the profession in history, science, and philosophy. (Rec & Event Mgmt & Outdoor Rec.)
  • Outcome 1 Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Outcome 1 Assessment Method:
    Rec. & Event Mgmt. - post-internship evaluation, exit exam, internship paper Outdoor Rec. - post-internship evaluation, exit exam, prof. development log, envir. percep. test
  • Outcome 1 Result:
    Rec. & Event Mgmt: post-internship eval. - 4.82, exit exam - 54%, internship paper 4.71 Outdoor Rec: post-internship eval. - 4.5, exit exam - 78%, prof. develop. log - 95%, envir. percep. test - 4.25
  • Outcome 2:
    Students shall demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity. (Rec. & Event Mgmt. & Outdoor Rec.)
  • Outcome 2 Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Outcome 2 Assessment Method:
    Rec. & Event Mgmt; post-internship eval., exit exam, internship paper Outdoor Rec: post-internship eval., exit exam
  • Outcome 2 Result:
    Rec. & Event Mgmt: post-internship eval. - 4.75, exit exam - 80%, internship paper - 4.4 Outdoor Rec: post-internship eval. - 4.6, exit exam - 77%
  • Outcome 3:
    Students will demonstrate entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management/administration in parks, recreation, tourism and/or related professions. (Rec. & Event Mgmt., Outdoor Rec.)
  • Outcome 3 Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Outcome 3 Assessment Method:
    Rec. & Event Mgmt: post-internship eval., exit exam, internship paper Outdoor Rec: post-internship eval., exit exam
  • Outcome 3 Result:
    Rec. & Event Mgmt: post-internship eval. - 4.71, exit exam - 71%, internship paper 4.5 Outdoor Rec: post-internship eval. - 4.6, exit exam - 67%
    COAPRT Standard 2.05.05:  STD_20505
    COAPRT Standard 3.06:  STD_306
    COAPRT Standard 3.07:  STD_307