VWU classes are small and interactive. Sport and Recreation Management majors complete courses in Leadership and Management, Sport and Recreation Program and Event Principles, and Sport and Facility Management. Students are able to also choose from individual career interests such as Commercial Sport and Recreation, Campus Recreation Administration, Outdoor Recreation, and Ropes Course Management. Recreational Therapy majors learn about a variety of disabling conditions, assessment skills, implementing treatment interventions, and management and organization. Students are also required to study anatomy and physiology, psychology, and allied health courses. Opportunities for volunteering in various settings are infused within the coursework to provide multiple opportunities for Recreational Therapy majors.

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:
    Learning Outcome #1: Students shall demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the nature and scope of the relevant recreation related professions and their associated industries.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    During week six, students completed an exam which consisted of various leadership characteristics, traits, definitions, types, and theories. Other content included goals and objectives, domains, leadership roles, disability awareness/adaptations, and leadership across the lifespan.
  • Result:
    Count - 13 Minimum - 27.5 Maximum - 48.5 Range - 21 Average - 36.46 Median - 37
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:
    Students develop a Written Plan of Operation for a fictitious recreational therapy department and design treatment protocols that address related client needs.
  • Result:
    Minimum - 58 Maximum - 94 Mean - 80 Median - 84.5
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:
    Learning Outcome #2: Students shall demonstrate entry-level knowledge about strategic management in relevant recreation related professions.
  • Measure Type:
    Indirect
  • Assessment Method:
    Students complete a comprehensive management project. In the past these have included the construction of recreation resources and significant revenue generation via grants and fund raising. For this semester the project was the completion of a department marketing video.
  • Result:
    This is a group project. Grade was an 60 based upon the unsuccessful completion of a poor video.

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.