The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS) offers two majors: outdoor adventure leadership, and therapeutic recreation. Distinctive features of the department include: many opportunities for experiential learning, low faculty-student ratios, a liberal arts education blended with a professional degree, nationally and internationally recognized faculty and a fully accredited program. The department has two unique experiential learning opportunities. There is a semester long immersion program for students in outdoor adventure leadership. During this semester the students are off campus and engaged in wilderness based learning experiences. Therapeutic Recreation majors are engaged in the Center for Life Skills, an interdisciplinary learning lab in which student learn and apply the therapeutic recreation process. The Department of RLS was established in 1972 and was first accredited by the Council on Accreditation in 1981.

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 demonstrate the ability to develop a personal philosophy of leisure reflecting on individual values and beliefs.
  • Measure Type:
    Indirect
  • Assessment Method:
    Details/Description: For one week, students complete a Time Diary. The purpose of this assignment is to assist students in identifying their own leisure lifestyle, and determining what impact, if any, recreation, leisure and play have on their quality of life. Students utilize a journal and time log to record time spent in various leisure-based activities. In a written analysis students “. . . should reflect on the meaning of your leisure activities.” Performance Criteria: 80 % of the students will achieve a grade of 80% or better on this assignment.
  • Result:
    Summary of Results: Combined Scores for Fall 17 and Spring 18 = Total 46 95% or better 17 90% or better 12 85% or better 3 80% or better 7 70% or better 4 69% =1 50% = 1 85% of the students had a grade of 80% or higher on the time diary.
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:
    Demonstrate the ability to design, implement and evaluate a program reflecting the application of knowledge of program planning principles and process.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Details/Description: Students are required to do a 120 hour service learning experience at a local agency focusing on the application of programming skills. Agency supervisors evaluate the students on eight criteria. Performance Criteria: 80% of the student will receive a rating of apprentice (3) or better on all eight criteria
  • Result:
    Fall 2017 Scores ranged from 2.75 to 4.25 on a five point scale at midterm and from 2.75 to 4.75 on the final evaluation. Area that was rated below 3 was legal concepts and risk management. Spring 2018 Scores ranged from 3.8 to 5 on a five point scale at midterm and from 3.5 to 5 on the final evaluation. Legal issues and risk management was rated 3.67 during this semester.
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:
    Demonstrate the ability to relate basic concepts, principles and procedures of management/administration within an agency experience.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Students are required to do a 12 week internship as a culminating experience. The internship supervisor, (a seasoned recreation professional and mentor) evaluates the students performance on the following criteria: leadership skills; judgement, problem solving and decision making; initiative; creativity; achievement of learning objectives and effective application of knowledge and skills. Students are rated on a four point scale. Performance Criteria: 100% of the average student score will be above a 2.8 (Satisfactory) on each criteria.
  • Result:
    Summary of Results: Summer 2018 Midterm score showed a range of 3.0 to 3.5 with 5/6 being a 3.0 on all criteria (4point scale). Final scores showed an improvement 5/6 scores being 3.5. Results : Performance Result: Exceeded

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS) offers two majors: outdoor adventure leadership, and therapeutic recreation. Distinctive features of the department include: many opportunities for experiential learning, low faculty-student ratios, a liberal arts education blended with a professional degree, nationally and internationally recognized faculty and a fully accredited program. The department has two unique experiential learning opportunities. There is a semester long immersion program for students in outdoor adventure leadership. During this semester the students are off campus and engaged in wilderness based learning experiences. Therapeutic Recreation majors are engaged in the Center for Life Skills, an interdisciplinary learning lab in which student learn and apply the therapeutic recreation process. The Department of RLS was established in 1972 and was first accredited by the Council on Accreditation in 1981.

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 demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical and theoretical foundations of therapeutic recreation.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    The NCTRC Certification Exam provide foundational knowledge based on industry standards. These scores will be used to determine if our students have been adequately prepared
  • Result:
    NCTRC Comprehensive School Report indicated that 93.8% of the 16 students taking the test had a performance rating at or above the minimum acceptable competency level.
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 will be able to complete client assessment, develop client centered treatment plans, and the ability to design, implement and evaluate client centered intervention programs.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Students will design, implement and evaluate client centered intervention programs while at the Center for Life Skills. The assignment includes a client centered program plan, implementation evaluation, and post session report on each intervention.
  • Result:
    TR Process I - Fall 17: Results of implementation plan assessment on a fie point scale with 5 being the highest rating Attendance/Punctuality/Preparedness 5 Safety 5 Goals 4.33 Content presented clearly 4.67 Debrief 3.33 TRII- Spring 18 Attendance/Punctuality/Preparedness 3 Safety 5 Goals 4 Content presented clearly 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:
    Demonstrate the ability to relate basic concepts, principles and procedures of management/administration within an agency experience
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Students are required to do a 12 week internship as a culminating experience. The internship supervisor, (a seasoned recreation professional and mentor) evaluates the students performance on the following criteria: leadership skills; judgement, problem solving and decision making; initiative; creativity; achievement of learning objectives and effective application of knowledge and skills. Students are rated on a four point scale.
  • Result:
    Summer 2018 Midterm score showed a range of 3.0 to 3.5 with 5/6 being a 3.0 on all criteria (4point scale). Final scores showed an improvement 5/6 scores being 3.5.

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS) offers two majors: outdoor adventure leadership, and therapeutic recreation. Distinctive features of the department include: many opportunities for experiential learning, low faculty-student ratios, a liberal arts education blended with a professional degree, nationally and internationally recognized faculty and a fully accredited program. The department has two unique experiential learning opportunities. There is a semester long immersion program for students in outdoor adventure leadership. During this semester the students are off campus and engaged in wilderness based learning experiences. Therapeutic Recreation majors are engaged in the Center for Life Skills, an interdisciplinary learning lab in which student learn and apply the therapeutic recreation process. The Department of RLS was established in 1972 and was first accredited by the Council on Accreditation in 1981.

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 demonstrate the ability to develop a personal philosophy of leisure reflecting on individual values and beliefs.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    For one week, students complete a Time Diary. The purpose of this assignment is to assist students in identifying their own leisure lifestyle, and determining what impact, if any, recreation, leisure and play have on their quality of life. Students utilize a journal and time log to record time spent in various leisure-based activities. In a written analysisstudents “. . . should reflect on the meaning of your leisure activities.” Performance Criteria: 80 % of the student will achieve a grade of 80% or better on this assignment
  • Result:
    Combined Scores for Fall 17 and Spring 18 = Total 46 95% or better 17 90% or better 12 85% or better 3 80% or better 7 70% or better 4 69% =1 50% = 1 85% of the students had a grade of 80% or higher on the time diary.
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:
    Student will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities to design, implement, and prepare an outdoor expedition a minimum of 7 days in length.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    ISP Field Assessment Log (FAL). Instructor scoring based on full semester observation, student demonstration, student self-assessment, and discussion with student. Scores range from 1-10 (Novice, Inconsistent, Reliably Demonstrate, and Excellent). Entry-level professionals seeking to become Certified Outdoor Educators shouldreliably demonstrate (approximate score 7-10) skills and competencies. Performance Criteria: 80% of students will be able to reliably demonstrate to the instructor planning and logistics skills during the ISP. Reliable demonstration includes the ability to perform the desired skill without prompting or assistance from others.
  • Result:
    Summary of Results: 8/17 students reliably demonstrated (ability to perform planning and logistic skills without prompting or assistance) planning and logistics skills. Actions to be taken: Improve learning progression to include travel plans earlier in course and sustain skill repetition throughout course. Specifically, crews will complete scaled down versions of the Finals RMP during the desert trek and continue to use throughout course. Additionally, feedback will be provided earlier in course to assist student learning.
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:
    Student will demonstrate a structured approach to manage risk through proactive, active and reflective means.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    ISP Field Assessment Log (FAL). Instructor scoring based on full semester observation, student demonstration, student self-assessment, and discussion with student. Scores range from 1-10 (Novice, Inconsistent, Reliably Demonstrate, and Excellent). Entry-level professionals seeking to become COEs should reliably demonstrate (approximate score 7-10) skills and competencies. 80% of students will be able to reliably demonstrate to the instructor risk management skills during the ISP. Reliable demonstration includes the ability to perform the desired skill without prompting or assistance from others.
  • Result:
    9/17 students reliably demonstrated (ability to demonstrate skill without prompting or assistance) risk management during the ISP.

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS) offers two majors: outdoor adventure leadership, and therapeutic recreation. Distinctive features of the department include: many opportunities for experiential learning, low faculty-student ratios, a liberal arts education blended with a professional degree, nationally and internationally recognized faculty and a fully accredited program. The department has two unique experiential learning opportunities. There is a semester long immersion program for students in outdoor adventure leadership. During this semester the students are off campus and engaged in wilderness based learning experiences. Therapeutic Recreation majors are engaged in the Center for Life Skills, an interdisciplinary learning lab in which student learn and apply the therapeutic recreation process. The Department of RLS was established in 1972 and was first accredited by the Council on Accreditation in 1981.

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS) offers two majors: outdoor adventure leadership, and therapeutic recreation. Distinctive features of the department include: many opportunities for experiential learning, low faculty-student ratios, a liberal arts education blended with a professional degree, nationally and internationally recognized faculty and a fully accredited program. The department has two unique experiential learning opportunities. There is a semester long immersion program for students in outdoor adventure leadership. During this semester the students are off campus and engaged in wilderness based learning experiences. Therapeutic Recreation majors are engaged in the Center for Life Skills, an interdisciplinary learning lab in which student learn and apply the therapeutic recreation process. The Department of RLS was established in 1972 and was first accredited by the Council on Accreditation in 1981.

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS) offers two majors: outdoor adventure leadership, and therapeutic recreation. Distinctive features of the department include: many opportunities for experiential learning, low faculty-student ratios, a liberal arts education blended with a professional degree, nationally and internationally recognized faculty and a fully accredited program. The department has two unique experiential learning opportunities. There is a semester long immersion program for students in outdoor adventure leadership. During this semester the students are off campus and engaged in wilderness based learning experiences. Therapeutic Recreation majors are engaged in the Center for Life Skills, an interdisciplinary learning lab in which student learn and apply the therapeutic recreation process. The Department of RLS was established in 1972 and was first accredited by the Council on Accreditation in 1981.

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS) offers two majors: outdoor adventure leadership, and therapeutic recreation. Distinctive features of the department include: many opportunities for experiential learning, low faculty-student ratios, a liberal arts education blended with a professional degree, nationally and internationally recognized faculty and a fully accredited program. The department has two unique experiential learning opportunities. There is a semester long immersion program for students in outdoor adventure leadership. During this semester the students are off campus and engaged in wilderness based learning experiences. Therapeutic Recreation majors are engaged in the Center for Life Skills, an interdisciplinary learning lab in which student learn and apply the therapeutic recreation process. The Department of RLS was established in 1972 and was first accredited by the Council on Accreditation in 1981.

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS) offers two majors: outdoor adventure leadership, and therapeutic recreation. Distinctive features of the department include: many opportunities for experiential learning, low faculty-student ratios, a liberal arts education blended with a professional degree, nationally and internationally recognized faculty and a fully accredited program. The department has two unique experiential learning opportunities. There is a semester long immersion program for students in outdoor adventure leadership. During this semester the students are off campus and engaged in wilderness based learning experiences. Therapeutic Recreation majors are engaged in the Center for Life Skills, an interdisciplinary learning lab in which student learn and apply the therapeutic recreation process. The Department of RLS was established in 1972 and was first accredited by the Council on Accreditation in 1981.

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS) offers two majors: outdoor adventure leadership, and therapeutic recreation. Distinctive features of the department include: many opportunities for experiential learning, low faculty-student ratios, a liberal arts education blended with a professional degree, nationally and internationally recognized faculty and a fully accredited program. The department has two unique experiential learning opportunities. There is a semester long immersion program for students in outdoor adventure leadership. During this semester the students are off campus and engaged in wilderness based learning experiences. Therapeutic Recreation majors are engaged in the Center for Life Skills, an interdisciplinary learning lab in which student learn and apply the therapeutic recreation process. The Department of RLS was established in 1972 and was first accredited by the Council on Accreditation in 1981.

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.