The Recreation and Leisure Studies Department educates students to be informed consumers, skilled professionals, and advocates of recreation and leisure services throughout their personal and professional lives. The major allows students to discover this via two career tracks; Recreation Management and Recreation Therapy. The education leader in Coastal Virginia, Virginia Wesleyan University enjoys excellent partnerships with a myriad of local recreation agencies that provide practical learning opportunities.

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:
    Students will understand and be able to discuss the various play theories and their relationship to past and present society. (7.01)
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    The RLS Department Oral Communication Assessment form is utilized to assess content and presentation.
  • Result:
    Historical Presentation Minimum score: 0. Maximum score: 94. Median: 92. Mean: 85.18. Standard Deviation: 21.52.
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 shall demonstrate the ability to design services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Student Intern Evaluation form created by the RLS Department in 2012 and updated annually as needed. This learning objective assessed via 12 related items.
  • Result:
    Utilizing the following scale: 4-Exceptional , 3-Present, 2-Emerging, 1-Absent Student had a mean score of 3.433 on operations/strategic management items.
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 able to demonstrate entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management/administration in parks, recreation, tourism and/or related professions.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Evaluation form directly reflecting intern work based upon 17 items. Evaluation form created during fall 2012 and revised annually based upon need.
  • Result:
    Utilizing the following scale: 4-Exceptional , 3-Present, 2-Emerging, 1-Absent Student had a mean score of 3.722 on operations/strategic management items.

The Recreation and Leisure Studies Department educates students to be informed consumers, skilled professionals, and advocates of recreation and leisure services throughout their personal and professional lives. The major allows students to discover this via two career tracks; Recreation Management and Recreation Therapy. The education leader in Coastal Virginia, Virginia Wesleyan University enjoys excellent partnerships with a myriad of local recreation agencies that provide practical learning opportunities.

The Recreation and Leisure Studies Department educates students to be informed consumers, skilled professionals, and advocates of recreation and leisure services throughout their personal and professional lives. The major allows students to discover this via two career tracks; Recreation Management and Recreation Therapy. The education leader in Coastal Virginia, Virginia Wesleyan University enjoys excellent partnerships with a myriad of local recreation agencies that provide practical learning opportunities.

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.