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Recreation Professions Program

Our four-year undergraduate program leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Management, Therapeutic Recreation, or as a Recreation Generalist. Knowledge is gained through quality classroom instruction and practical experiences preparing students for professional placement in the recreation and park service industry. 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 (CHEA).

6 Year Graduation Rate: 100%
  • Outcome 1:
    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.
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  • Outcome 1 Assessment Method:
    The Therapeutic Recreation Concentration prepares students for Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Upon meeting seating requirements, and successfully passing the NCTRC exam, students will 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, and awareness and advocacy.
  • Outcome 1 Result:
    The National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification First-Time Candidate School report for the testing period of July 2015 - November 2017 pass rate was 100%, as compared to a national pass rate of 87.5%.
  • Outcome 2:
    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.
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  • Outcome 2 Assessment Method:
    Student performance in RECR 3840 (Design and Maintenance of Recreation and Park Resources) as evaluated by the instructor, through multiple methods of assessment (assignments, presentations, examinations and Facility Master Plan project) will demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity. The assessment method is the final grade assigned for student performance in the class.
  • Outcome 2 Result:
    94.7% of students taking Design and Maintenance of Recreation and Park Resources (RECR 3840) received a final grade of C or higher in 2017.
  • Outcome 3:
    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.
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  • Outcome 3 Assessment Method:
    Internship Evaluation: Graduating students demonstrate their entry-level knowledge and foundation of the industry by completing a Senior Experience requirements (internship) in the field of recreation, parks, or therapeutic recreation. Students will apply their learned programming and management skills through service project opportunities at the agencies. Recreation Management and Generalist concentrations must complete a minimum of 12 weeks with 480 clock hours at their agency. Therapeutic Recreation concentration students must complete a minimum of 14 weeks with 560 clock hours at their agency. Upon completion of their experience, students and agency supervisors complete a final performance 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. Effective Fall of 2018, students will receive a letter grade versus a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory designation for the internship experience.
  • Outcome 3 Result:
    Supervisor's evaluation of Student Outcomes documented the average rating of overall quality of students was 4.36 on a 5 point scale. 100% of the students successfully completed their internships.
    COAPRT Standard 2.05.05:  STD_20505
    COAPRT Standard 3.06:  STD_306
    COAPRT Standard 3.07:  STD_307