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Recreation and Leisure Studies Program and Therapeutic Recreation Program

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.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 100%
  • Outcome 1:
    Students will demonstrate the ability to develop a personal philosophy of leisure reflecting on individual values and beliefs.
  • Outcome 1 Measure Type:
  • Outcome 1 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.
  • Outcome 1 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.
  • Outcome 2:
    Demonstrate the ability to design, implement and evaluate a program reflecting the application of knowledge of program planning principles and process.
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  • Outcome 2 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
  • Outcome 2 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.
  • Outcome 3:
    Demonstrate the ability to relate basic concepts, principles and procedures of management/administration within an agency experience.
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  • Outcome 3 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.
  • Outcome 3 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
    COAPRT Standard 2.05.05:  STD_20505
    COAPRT Standard 3.06:  STD_306
    COAPRT Standard 3.07:  STD_307