Recreation Professions is a four-year undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Arts Program in Recreation Management or Therapeutic Recreation. Knowledge is gained through quality classroom instruction and practical experiences preparing students for professional placement in the recreation and park industry, and therapeutic recreation services. The Recreation Professions program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT), and COAPRT is accredited by the Council on Higher Education.

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:
    Graduating students shall demonstrate a foundation in history, science and philosophy in addition to an entry-level knowledge regarding the nature and scope of the industry and techniques and processes used by industry professionals and workers.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    The Therapeutic Recreation concentration prepares students to be professionally certified by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC), which is a certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCAA). Our curriculum prepares students for eligibility to sit for the national certification exam. Upon meeting seating requirements, and successfully passing the NCTRC exam, students demonstrate competency for entry level practice of therapeutic recreation services. Professional knowledge domains include; foundational knowledge, assessment process, documentation, implementation, administration of TR/RT services, and advancement of the profession. Job task domains include; professional relationships and responsibilities, assessment, plan interventions and/or programs, implement interventions and/or programs, evaluate outcomes of the interventions/programs, document intervention services, treatment teams and/or service providers, develop and maintain programs, manage TR/RT services, awareness and advocacy.
  • Result:
    The National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification First-Time Candidate School Report for the testing period of 2017 -2019 pass rate was 95.8%, as compared to a national pass rate of 87.4%. MSU Denver therapeutic recreation students had a mean score of 73.21 as compared to a national mean score of 68.89. The Comprehensive School report for the testing period of 2017 - 2019 showed the same passing percentage (95.8%) and same mean score (73.21) as compared to a national mean score of 66.95.
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:
    Students have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of diverse community-based projects and recreational facilities that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Students in RECR 3840 (Design and Maintenance of Recreation and Park Resources) as evaluated by the course instructor, through multiple methods of assessment (assignments, presentations, examinations and a Facility Master Plan Project will demonstrate the ability to design, implement and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity. The assessment method is the final grade assigned for student performance in the class.
  • Result:
    100% of the students taking Design and Maintenance of Recreation and Park Resources (RECR 3840) received a final grade of C or higher in Spring of 2019.
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:
    Students graduating from the program shall be evaluated by their agency internship supervisor and university internship supervisor as demonstrating entry-level about operations and strategic management/administration in parks, recreation, tourism and/or related professions.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Internship evaluation; Graduating students demonstrate their entry-level knowledge and foundation of knowledge of the industry by completing a Senior Experience requirement (internship) in the field of recreation, parks, or therapeutic recreation. Students will apply their learned programming and management skills through service project opportunities at their internship agency. Recreation Management students must complete a minimum of 12 weeks with 480 clock hours at their agency, but may complete up to a 16 week internship with 640 clock hours. Therapeutic Recreation concentration students must complete a minimum of 14 weeks with 560 clock hours at their agency, but may also complete up to 16 weeks with 640 clock hours. At midterm and at the completion of the internship experience, students and agency supervisors complete a final evaluation summarizing the student's progress, learning and achievements. Supervisors and students also evaluate the program's effectiveness in successfully preparing the student for entry-level practice in the profession. Students receive a final letter grade which is determined by successful completing of the following tasks and assignments with the weighting as indicated: timely completion of application paperwork (20%), grades assigned for internship assignments (20%), timely and complete submission of weekly reports (20%), final grade assigned by agency supervisor (20%), and completion of the post-test as required for accreditation (20%). Students and agency supervisors also evaluate the effectiveness of the university in preparing them for entry level practice
  • Result:
    Sixteen students completed their internships in 2019. All of the agency supervisors assessed their students as earning an A for their performance during the internship experience. The academic supervisor determined the additional requirements for the internship experience and assigned final grades based on timely submission of internship documents, graded internship assignments, timely and complete submission of weekly reports, and completion of a post-test required for accreditation reporting. Fourteen students received an A for their internship experience and two students received a B. Student and agency supervisor outcomes assessment survey (an assessment of 7 identified program goals as assessed by students and agency supervisor's on a 6 point Likert Scale). Supervisor's mean evaluation score was 4.52/6 and student's mean evaluation score was 4.58/6.

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.