Accredited Programs Directory
Texas A&M University
Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences
Dept of Recreation & Parks
College Station, TX 77843-0001
- Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences Program
First Accredited: 10/26/1997
Next Review: Conference 2023
Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences Program
Students receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences
6 Year Graduation Rate: 90%
- Outcome 1:
Students will be able to: 1) Provide an overview of philosophical concepts and historical significance of recreation and leisure; 2) Develop a philosophical foundation for personal and professional performance; 3) Develop an awareness and understanding of leisure service agencies and organizations; 4) Explain the roles of leisure professionals within different delivery sectors; 5) Identify and articulate contemporary issues facing tourism, recreation and park organizations.
- Outcome 1 Measure Type:
- Outcome 1 Assessment Method:
Three methods are used: 1) post course exams in relevant classes; 2) observation of performance of relevant skills and; a senior survey administered in the final semester of the senior year
- Outcome 1 Result:
Exam pass rate in relevant classes was over 95% in one course (RPTS 201) and over 85% in the second course (RPTS 340) for students in 2018. Observations through relevant writing and communication intensive courses met or exceeded expectations and scores on the senior survey for relevant items averaged 10 points out of 11 possible
- Outcome 2:
Every student receiving a degree in our program must complete at least two classes that directly address the design, implementation and evaluation of services that facilitate targeted human experiences and embrace the personal and cultural dimensions of diversity. RPTS 311 Programming for Recreation, Parks and Tourism is required of all students and has learning outcomes of: 1) Explain why and how different types of individuals and groups participate in experiences; 2) Demonstrate the ability to plan and implement a program or event that addresses different populations; 3) Outline the Program Development Cycle; 4) Demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to implement a program or event using established methods; 5) Understand how program service are developed and managed within different agencies and among different cultures.
- Outcome 2 Measure Type:
- Outcome 2 Assessment Method:
Two methods are used: 1) post course exams in relevant classes; 2) observation of performance of relevant skills.
- Outcome 2 Result:
Pass rate on the exam measure was 90% for students in 2018. Observations through field exercises in program development, planing and implementation met or exceeded expectations.
- Outcome 3:
All students take courses in management, analysis and evaluation, as well as marketing and finance related to recreation, park and tourism enterprises. Learning outcomes for most relevant coursework in management are: 1) Demonstrate knowledge of key management principles; 2) Demonstrate the ability to think critically about management issues and formulate solutions; 3) Demonstrate knowledge and skills required for budgeting; 4) understand issues related to managing human resources and; 5) Demonstrate a knowledge of risk assessment.
- Outcome 3 Measure Type:
- Outcome 3 Assessment Method:
Two methods are used: 1) post course exams in relevant classes; 2) observation of performance of relevant skills
- Outcome 3 Result:
Pass rate for exams in RPTS 304 Administration of Recreation Resource Agencies was 94%. Specified levels of success on observed performance were met or exceeded.
COAPRT Standard 2.05.05: STD_20505
COAPRT Standard 3.06: STD_306
COAPRT Standard 3.07: STD_307