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Recreation Management Program

Students completing the Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management are prepared for careers in outdoor recreation management, municipal, state, and federal park management, campus and university recreation, experiential education, travel and tourism management, club and camp management, recreation program management, and resort recreation. The Recreation Management program, consisting of 53-54 semester hours, offers a core learning experience of 12 classes, which is enhanced by an 8 semester hour internship. In addition, majors are required to choose one of the following concentrations: Commercial Recreation and Tourism Management; Recreation and Park Management; or Outdoor Experiential Education. A minor is also required for Recreation Management majors

6 Year Graduation Rate: 93%
  • Outcome 1:
    At the completion of the Appalachian State University Recreation Management core curriculum students will show competency in: 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 1 Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Outcome 1 Assessment Method:
    Exam items assessing students knowledge of general recreation 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. Application of this content through successfully completing their internship, and assessed by their internship supervisor of competency in these areas. Also through students exit interviews.
  • Outcome 1 Result:
    Students scored on average 88% on exam items related to entry level knowledge exam items. 96% successfully completed their internship and The average rating of knowledge of these items by internship supervisors was 4.7 on a 5 point scale. Students self-evaluations stated that 91% rate themselves as a 5 very strong in these areas.
  • Outcome 2:
    At the completion of the Appalachian State University Recreation Management core curriculum students will show competency in: the ability to design, implement, and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.
  • Outcome 2 Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Outcome 2 Assessment Method:
    External review by recreation professionals who program supervised the students' programs and internship supervisors evaluations will rate students knowledge and ability to design, implement, and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity. The Program Criteria is that 70% or higher will score 4+ on 5 point scale by professional program supervisors, and internship supervisors.
  • Outcome 2 Result:
    73% of students received a 90% or better, while 86% received an 85% or better. Internship Exit Survey After a 10 week internship supervisors complete a survey evaluating student work knowledge based on courses. Results are below. Interns supervisors reported 89% of students Understands agency goals and operations, 94% possesses skills necessary for task completion, 92% have the ability to apply knowledge in a practical way, 94% have the ability to translate knowledge into action, and 92% have the ability to think independently.
  • Outcome 3:
    At the completion of the Appalachian State University Recreation Management core curriculum students will show competency in: entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management/administration in parks, recreation, and tourism.
  • Outcome 3 Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Outcome 3 Assessment Method:
    Recreation internship supervisors will rate students and students will be assessed by faculty on specific assignments measuring the students' knowledge about operations and strategic management/administration in parks, recreation, and tourism. On completion of specific exam items and appropriate senior exit survey items, 70% of students will score 80% or better on related exam items, average rating on senior exit survey will be 4+ on 5 point scale on senior exit survey items.
  • Outcome 3 Result:
    Internship Exit Survey After a 10 week internship supervisors complete a survey evaluating student work knowledge based on courses. Results are below. Interns supervisors reported 89% of students Understands agency goals and operations, 94% possesses skills necessary for task completion, 92% have the ability to apply knowledge in a practical way, 94% have the ability to translate knowledge into action, and 92% have the ability to think independently.
    COAPRT Standard 2.05.05:  STD_20505
    COAPRT Standard 3.06:  STD_306
    COAPRT Standard 3.07:  STD_307