Core Curriculum of all four undergraduate majors. 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.

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 be able to differentiate between the structure and function of agencies and businesses in the public, private nonprofit, and commercial sectors of the leisure service delivery system.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Exam grades in REC 271-Foundations of Recreation. At least 80% of students must receive at least 70% on the relevant exams for the outcome to be successfully met.
  • Result:
    63 of 77 students scored 70% or better on the relevant exams for an outcome success rate of 82%.
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 analyze activities, make choices which will meet participant needs, develop capacities to assess and critique present and future programs, and plan and develop recreation programs for a specific group and setting.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Assignments in REC 280-Programming in Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services: Program Visitation Reports, After-school Activity Plans, and After-school Reflection Papers. At least 70% of students must receive at least 80% on the relevant assignments for the outcome to be successfully met.
  • Result:
    121 of 132 students scored 80% or better on these written assignments for an outcome success rate of 92%.
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:
    Students will understand and demonstrate the principles and practices of safety, emergency, and risk management related to recreation, parks and leisure services.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Measures in REC 370-Outdoor Education Practicum: Canoe trip grade and injury rate. 80% of students must receive at least 70% (a B-) for their canoe trip grade, plus no medical clinic or emergency room visits, for the outcome to be successfully met.
  • Result:
    38 of 39 students scored 70% or better for their canoe trip grade for an outcome success rate of 97%. In addition, there were 0 clinic or emergency room visits.

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 a B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation. In September 2017, SUNY Cortland received continuing accreditation for its therapeutic recreation program.

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 entry-level knowledge of the scope and practice of therapeutic recreation, including models of service delivery.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Written assignments in REC 330-Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation: Philosophy Paper and Exam Questions. At least 80% of the students must earn 70% or better on these assignments to be counted as successfully meeting the learning outcome.
  • Result:
    38 of 40 students scored 70% or better on these assignments for an outcome success rate of 95%.
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 demonstrate the ability to document therapeutic recreation services according to requirements, including assessment results, individualized plans, progress notes, and discharge/transition summaries.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Written assignment in REC 431-Therapeutic Recreation Process II-Planning, Implementation and Evaluation: Documentation assignments in clinical portfolio. At least 80% of the students must earn 70% or better on these assignments to be counted as successfully meeting the learning outcome.
  • Result:
    10 of 10 students scored 70% or better on these assignments for an outcome success rate of 100%.
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:
    Students will demonstrate entry-level knowledge about management/administration in therapeutic recreation services, including regulations and standards in therapeutic recreation.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Written assignment and exam questions in REC 438-Design and Administration of Therapeutic Recreation Services: Program Plan and mid-term exam. At least 80% of students will receive at least 70% on these outcome assessment tools for the outcome to be successfully met.
  • Result:
    47 of 49 students scored 70% or better on both assignments for an outcome success rate of 96%.

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.