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Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Program and Therapeutic Recreation

The Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department at SUNY Cortland was established in 1948 and was first accredited in 1990. The department offers four B.S. degrees in the following majors: Recreation, with optional concentrations in Leisure/Recreation Program Delivery and Camp Management; Outdoor Recreation, with a required concentration in either Environmental and Cultural Interpretation, Natural Resource Recreation Management, or Outdoor Leadership; Recreation Management; and Therapeutic Recreation. In September 2017, SUNY Cortland received continuing accreditation for its 10-course core curriculum shared by all four majors. In addition, continuing accreditation was granted to the department's therapeutic recreation program.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 100%
  • Outcome 1:
    Students will identify and describe the basic principles of leadership, including its functions, settings, elements, and characteristics.
  • Outcome 1 Measure Type:
  • Outcome 1 Assessment Method:
    Mid-term exam grades in REC 380-Leadership in Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services. At least 80% of students must receive at least 75% on the relevant exam for the outcome to be successfully met.
  • Outcome 1 Result:
    43 of 44 students scored 75% or better on the relevant exam for an outcome success rate of 98%.
  • Outcome 2:
    Students will be able to use the Inclusivity Assessment Tool to assess the inclusivity of recreation programs, areas, and facilities.
  • Outcome 2 Measure Type:
  • Outcome 2 Assessment Method:
    Assignment in REC 293-Diversity and Inclusive Recreation Services: Certified Inclusivity Assessor (CIA) certification. Students complete an online training called Inclusion U administered by the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center and receive CIA status by scoring 80% or better on the Inclusion U final exam. 100% of students must become a Certified Inclusivity Assessor for the outcome to be successfully met.
  • Outcome 2 Result:
    48 of 52 students became Certified Inclusivity Assessors for an outcome success rate of 92%.
  • Outcome 3:
    As part of a team, students will demonstrate the ability to prepare an operating manual for a recreation program that addresses timelines, policies and procedures, risk management, and necessary controls.
  • Outcome 3 Measure Type:
  • Outcome 3 Assessment Method:
    Written assignment in REC 446-Legal Aspects of Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services: Team Project Report. 80% of students must receive at least 70% on this assignment for the outcome to be successfully met.
  • Outcome 3 Result:
    44 of 46 students scored 70% or better on this written assignment for an outcome success rate of 96%.
    COAPRT Standard 2.05.05:  STD_20505
    COAPRT Standard 3.06:  STD_306
    COAPRT Standard 3.07:  STD_307