The Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism (formerly Recreation and Leisure Studies) at San Francisco State University was established in 1946 and accredited in 1990 offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees (no concentrations). Vision: A world where leisure permeates all facets of life. Mission: To advance and advocate for the recreation, parks, and tourism field through transformative education, scholarship, and service. Philosophy: We believe in engineering experiences that engage, empower, and educate.

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:
    Explain the history, philosophy, and science of recreation, parks, and tourism.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Pre/Post-test Signature assignment (philosophy statement & justification)
  • Result:
    Pretest - # of responses = 33; mean = 3.40 Posttest - # of responses = 33; mean = 6.18 Signature assignment (philosophy statement) - mean - 83.3%
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:
    Create a program for a diverse population in varied settings using design, implementation, and evaluation components.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Pre/Post-test Signature assignment (program plan)
  • Result:
    Pretest - # of responses = 21; mean = 4.22 Posttest - # of responses = 22; mean = 8.08 Signature assignment (program plan) - mean = 86.7%
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:
    Explain organizational structures, and apply financial and human capital principles and practices from an operational and strategic management perspective
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Pre/Post-test Signature assignment (budget analysis)
  • Result:
    Pretest - # of responses = 20; mean = 4.11 Posttest - # of responses = 22; mean = 8.62 Signature assignment (budget analysis) - mean = 88.0%

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.