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Recreation and Leisure Studies Program

Recreation and Leisure Studies required core courses for the major.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 91%
  • Outcome 1:
    Students will demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the scope of recreation and leisure studies. Students will be able to demonstrate techniques and processes to facilitate group activities. Students will be able to describe management techniques and processes. Students shall be able to describe management techniques and processes relative to recreation and park facilities and areas. Students will be able to describe the history and evolution of the profession and identify icons and movements, which have had an impact on the profession. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the philosophical foundations of recreation and leisure services.
  • Outcome 1 Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Outcome 1 Assessment Method:
    Recreation agency field visit and interview, quiz, and disabilities project. The recreation field visits and interview required each student to set up an appointment with a full-time director at an approved recreational facility. Students base the interview on a standard series of questions (objective and subjective data), which is submitted at a specific due date during the semester. The questions enable students to receive a hands-on perspective of the actual scope of recreation and leisure studies. Students must complete visits and papers in both leisure services management and therapeutic recreation. Facilitation techniques for persons with disabilities assignment, and program planning activity paper and presentation. The program planning activity paper and presentation is based on a standard activity outline. Students are to create a scheduled sequence program, which will consist of several activities. Students must complete all required areas of the outline, such as purpose, goal, and objectives of the program, staffing, content, budget, evaluation, etc., and create a Power Point or Prezi presentation for class. Following the presentation (later in the semester), students will implement one of the proposed program activities during class, with members of the class as program participants. Exam with a variety of short answer essay questions that address concepts of recreation personnel and resources. Community assessment paper. The community assessment paper is an outline that will consist of various aspects relative to assessing whether or not there are ample recreation programs and services and/or what types of facilitates, areas, and programs and services may need to be added within a community. Working in small groups, students focus on demographics, natural assets and facilitates (for profit, non-for profit, and government) within their community, and based on the data collected determine if the recreation programs and services are sufficient and/or what needs to be added, deleted, and/or modified. The project helps to support the management techniques relative to community assessments and strategic planning. A short answer essay exam, with questions that target the history and milestones of the profession. A short answer essay exam that assesses concepts relative to the philosophical foundations of recreation and leisure.
  • Outcome 1 Result:
    Benchmark: 75% of the students will achieve a grade of 80% or higher. Overall results for 7.01: 88% of students achieved a grade of 80% or higher.
  • Outcome 2:
    Students shall demonstrate the ability to design, implement and evaluate age-appropriate programs. Students shall demonstrate the ability to design, implement and evaluate inclusive recreation programs.Students will demonstrate the ability to design, plan and evaluate special events.
  • Outcome 2 Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Outcome 2 Assessment Method:
    Students will complete an activity paper, based on a standard outline, early in the semester, and conduct an activity in class. Students will implement one of the proposed program activities (presented earlier in the semester) during class, with members of the class as program participants. Students will complete an inclusive recreation project. Working in small groups, students will complete a special event paper, which is based on a standard outline. The outline includes aspects relative to planning a special event such as organizational structure, job descriptions, marketing and advertising, evaluations, budget, safety and security, etc.
  • Outcome 2 Result:
    Benchmark: 75% of the students will achieve a grade of 80% or higher. Overall results for 7.01: 94% of students achieved a grade of 80% or higher.
  • Outcome 3:
    Students will be able to explain principles and procedures of human resource management. Students will be able to explain concepts and competencies of a manager within recreation and leisure studies. Students will be able to apply principles and procedures relative to risk management for facilities and areas within recreation and parks. Students will be able to describe the principles of budget development and create a program budget. Students will be able to understand principles of marketing and promotion.
  • Outcome 3 Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Outcome 3 Assessment Method:
    A short answer essay exam that assesses principles applicable to human resource management. A short answer essay exam that assesses concepts and competencies of management. Working in small groups, students will complete a risk management paper, which is based on a standard outline. The same scenario of a facility (gym, strength training room, pool, locker rooms, multi-purpose rooms, offices, etc. serve as the indoor potion of the facility, and sport fields, playground, etc., serve as the outdoor facility) is used as a standard for all students. Consideration is given to parking lot safety, preventative maintenance, hazard abatement, emergency procedures, etc. Working in small groups, students will develop and present a budget for a day camp program and facility. An overall budget with supporting data and itemized list of expenses and revenue for all programs and services is included in a presentation. A standard outline serves as the base for building the budget. The description of the facility for the camp aligns with that of the risk management paper. Students will include a marketing and public relations piece for their special event in their special event paper and create the same for their inclusive recreation project. Sample of ads, flyers, etc. will be included in the paper and relative to the specific event. In addition, benchmarks for creating the ads, and when they will appear, etc. will be included in the flow chart, which is required in all papers.
  • Outcome 3 Result:
    Benchmark: 75% of the students will achieve a grade of 80% or higher. Overall results for 7.01: 91% of students achieved a grade of 80% or higher.
    COAPRT Standard 2.05.05:  STD_20505
    COAPRT Standard 3.06:  STD_306
    COAPRT Standard 3.07:  STD_307