The mission of the Recreation Management program is to prepare students to manage natural and cultural recreation resources in order to enhance the leisure experience. Through coursework and service learning activities, students gain an understanding of the history, philosophies, and theories of recreation and leisure. They develop the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, promote, administer and evaluate recreation programs, facilities, and services in a variety of settings. Students have the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge in the area of Commercial Recreation and Tourism Management, Recreation and Park Management or Outdoor Experiential 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:
    Certified Parks and Recreation Professional Examination, The exam is promoted throughout the program for students who are in their last semester of classes – specifically RM 4210 Senior Seminar; Internship Supervisor Student Evaluation Survey (ISSES) which has been administered to every Internship Supervisor since 2006; RM 2110 Introduction to Leisure Services - Exams; RM 2110 Career Exploration Assignment - Introduction to Recreation and Leisure, This experience-based assignment allows students to explore possible career trajectories and creates the opportunity to investigate various work settings and populations served. Students are asked to: Describe the nature of agencies and businesses delivering leisure services along with an overview of career opportunities that exist within the Profession. Develop a strategy for making the transition from a recreation student to a recreation professional. Describe the preparation and skills needed to enter the leisure service profession. Analyze programs, services, and resources in relation to participant needs and requirements; Leisure Philosophy Overview in Introduction course and again in Senior Seminar class; RM 2310- Introduction to Administration of Recreation policy assignment; and RM 2310 -Introduction to Administration of Recreation Exams.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Performance levels/metrics: 80% of all students will score 75% or better (i.e. pass) the CPRP exam, Performance levels/metrics: 75% of all students will score Excellent, or Above average on Professional Knowledge questions; Performance levels/metrics: 70% of students will score 80% or better on the exam(s); Performance levels/metrics: 70% of students will score 80% or better on the career exploration assignment; 80% of students will score 80% or better on both assignments; Performance levels/metrics: 80% of students will score 80% or better on the external evaluation/grade by professionals in the field; Performance levels/metrics: 70% of students will score 75% or better on the midterm and final exam(s).
  • Result:
    MET: Certified Parks and Recreation Professional Examination, The exam is promoted throughout the program for students who are in their last semester of classes – specifically RM 4210 Senior Seminar; MET: Internship Supervisor Student Evaluation Survey (ISSES) which has been administered to every Internship Supervisor since 2006; MET: RM 2110 Introduction to Leisure Services - Exams; Partially Met: RM 2110 Career Exploration Assignment - Introduction to Recreation and Leisure, This experience-based assignment allows students to explore possible career trajectories and creates the opportunity to investigate various work settings and populations served. Students are asked to: Describe the nature of agencies and businesses delivering leisure services along with an overview of career opportunities that exist within the Profession. Develop a strategy for making the transition from a recreation student to a recreation professional. Describe the preparation and skills needed to enter the leisure service profession. Analyze programs, services, and resources in relation to participant needs and requirements; NOT MET: Leisure Philosophy Overview in Introduction course and again in Senior Seminar class; MET: Policy assignment RM 2310- Introduction to Administration of Recreation policy assignment; and MET: RM 2310 -Introduction to Administration of Recreation Exams.
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:
    The Recreation Management program at Appalachian State University considers this learning outcome an essential core component of the program. So much so, that the Recreation Management Program at Appalachian State University dedicated a significant amount of the following courses content to highlight student learning inability to design, implement, and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity. Program Planning Project RM 2410 Poverty Simulation R M 2110 - Introduction to Recreation and Leisure - students experienced life as low-income family and RM 3210 – Inclusive Recreation serves the community agencies to better understand how institutions respond positively or negatively. Inclusive Recreation: Accessibility/awareness reflection paper RM 3210 Semester Long Evaluation in Recreation and Leisure Service Management Paper Evaluation in Recreation and Leisure Service Management- Exams
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Performance levels/metrics: 80% of students will score an 85% or better on the external evaluation/grade by professional is the field. Performance Measure: All students participate. Performance Levels/Metrics: 90% of students will score 80% or better on the assessment. Assessment Criteria: 70% of students will score 80% or better on the semester-long final project. Assessment Criteria: 70% of students will score 80% or better on the midterm and final exams.
  • Result:
    MET: Performance levels/metrics: 80% of students will score an 85% or better on the external evaluation/grade by professional is the field. MET: Performance Measure: All students participate. MET: Performance Levels/Metrics: 90% of students will score 80% or better on the assessment. MET: Assessment Criteria: 70% of students will score 80% or better on the semester-long final project. MET: Assessment Criteria: 70% of students will score 80% or better on the midterm and final exams.
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:
    The Recreation Management Program at Appalachian State University considers this learning outcome an essential core component of the program. So much so, that we have dedicated a significant amount of the following courses’ content to highlight entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management/administration in parks, recreation, tourism and/or related professions. Assessment Criteria: 80% of the students will earn a score of 70% or higher on each quiz. R M 2210 - Recreation Site and Facility Management - Organizational Profile Assignment. Financial Management Budget Assignment RM 3610. Risk Management Assignment RM 3610.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Assessment Criteria: 80% of the students will earn a score of 70% or higher on each quiz Assessment Criteria: 80% of the students will earn a score of 70% or higher on-site/facility profile assignment Assessment Criteria: 80% of the students will earn a score of 70% or higher on the budget assignment Assessment Criteria: 80% of the students will earn a score of 70% or higher on the Risk Management Assignment
  • Result:
    NOT MET: Assessment Criteria: 80% of the students will earn a score of 70% or higher on each quiz MET: Assessment Criteria: 80% of the students will earn a score of 70% or higher on-site/facility profile assignment Partially Met: Assessment Criteria: 80% of the students will earn a score of 70% or higher on the budget assignment MET: Assessment Criteria: 80% of the students will earn a score of 70% or higher on the Risk Management Assignment

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.