The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Recreation is an academic program designed to provide a sound, basic education in the fundamental disciplines of Community Leisure Services, Outdoor Recreation, Recreational Therapy, and Tourism Management. There is an emphasis on the application of theory and basic principles as preparation for professional positions in the multi-faceted fields of recreation. Students learn about the philosophies of leisure, recreation, and tourism in North America and globally, and the importance of these philosophies in affecting a broad range of human behaviors throughout the life cycle. The mission of the undergraduate program includes environmental awareness, an understanding of the dimensions of planning, programming, and managing recreation, therapeutic and tourism services, and an appreciation for the positive implications of recreation and tourism services in contemporary society.

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 enrolled in RECR 1530 (Introduction to Recreation) will demonstrate understanding of the foundations of the profession in history, science, and philosophy (COAPRT 7.01c) as assessed on Exam 1 and the Midterm Examination.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Students complete a multiple choice, true/false, and short answer examinations that require them to demonstrate understanding of historical, scientific, and philosophical foundations of the profession. Exam 1 addresses theoretical, scientific, and philosophical concepts. The Midterm Examination addresses historical foundations of the profession. Measure #1 (Exam 1) • Meets Expectations: Students enrolled in RECR 1530 who scored 70% -89% on Exam 1, which focused specifically on theoretical, scientific, and philosophical foundations of the recreation profession. • Exceeds Expectations: Students enrolled in RECR 1530 who scored 90% or higher on Exam 1, which focused specifically on theoretical, scientific, and philosophical foundations of the recreation profession. Measure #2 (Midterm Exam) • Meets Expectations: Students enrolled in RECR 1530 who scored 70% -89% on the Midterm Examination, which focused specifically on historical foundations of the recreation profession. • Exceeds Expectations: Students enrolled in RECR 1530 who scored 90% or higher on the Midterm Examination, which focused specifically on the historical foundations of the recreation profession.
  • Result:
    Fall 2018 - Measure #1 (Exam 1) • Meets Expectations: 38.0% (n=16) of students scored 70%-89% on Exam 1. • Exceeds Expectations: 40.4% (n=17) of students scored 90% or higher on Exam 1. The average score on the measure was 80.6% (n=42); scores ranged from a high of 100% to a low of 18%. Spring 2019 – Measure #1 (Exam 1) • Meets Expectations: 46.9% (n=23) of students scored 70%-89% on Exam 1 • Exceeds Expectations: 12.2% (n=6) of students scored 90% or higher on Exam 1. The average score on the measure was 69.18% (n=49); scores ranged from a high of 98% to a low of 30%. Fall 2018 - Measure #2 (Midterm Examination) • Meets Expectations: 50.0% (n=21) of students scored 70%-89% on the Midterm Exam. • Exceeds Expectations: 23.8% (n=10) of students scored 90% or higher on the Midterm Exam. The average score on the measure was 78.29% (n=42); scores ranged from a high of 98% to a low of 42%. Spring 2019 – Measure #2 (Midterm Examination) • Meets Expectations: 42.8% (n=21) of students scored 70%-89% on the Midterm Exam. • Exceeds Expectations: 26.5% (n=13) of students scored 90% or higher on the Midterm Exam. The average score on the measure was 76.6% (n=49); scores ranged from a high of 100% to a low of 40%.
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 enrolled in RECR 2530 (Leadership & Programming in Recreation) will demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate recreation services that facilitate targeted human experiences that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity (COAPRT 7.02).
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    RECR 2530 Service Learning Project The faculty member assigned to the course evaluates each student based on a rubric. Checkpoint assignments (formative measures) are submitted throughout the semester where students submit rough drafts of their projects. The final grade (summative measure) is derived at the completion of the project using the rubric. • Meets Expectations: Students enrolled in RECR 2530 who scored 70% - 89% on the service learning project at the end of the term. • Exceeds Expectations: Students enrolled in RECR 2530 who scored 90% or higher on the service learning project at the end of the term.
  • Result:
    Fall 2018 – Service Learning Project • Meets Expectations: 17.3% (n=4) of students scored 70%-89% on the service-learning project at the end of the term. • Exceeds Expectations: 69.5% (n=16) of students scored 90% or higher on the service-learning project at the end of the term. The average score on the measure was 85.38% (n=23); scores ranged from a high of 97% to a low of 30.5%. Spring 2019 – Service Learning Project • Meets Expectations: 74.1% (n=23) of students scored 70%-89% on the service-learning project at the end of the term. • Exceeds Expectations: 25.8% (n=8) of students scored 90% or higher on the service-learning project at the end of the term. The average score on the measure was 86.3% (n=31); scores ranged from a high of 100% to a low of 77%.
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 enrolled in RECR 4430 (Financial & Legal Dimensions of Recreation) will apply entry-level concepts, principles, and procedures of financial management to a specific setting (COAPRT 7.03).
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    RECR 4430 Budget Exercise. Each student submits one excel workbook with two worksheets to the course instructor via email. The faculty member assigned to the course evaluates each student’s workbook using a rubric that addresses a series of required lineitems, creation and use of formulas, and summary analysis for each worksheet. Measure #1 requires the creation and completion of two worksheets. The first worksheet assesses data collection and Excel skills in the form of a cost data table. The second worksheet assesses synthesis and data analysis in the form of a cost-volume profit analysis. Measure #2 requires that students synthesize data from Measure #1 into a proscribed format (a standardized form) and determine a desired return on investment for a specific leisure service program with justification for the impacts of selected pricing strategies on user groups. Measure #1 (Cost Data and Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis Tables) • Meets Expectations: Students enrolled in RECR 4430 who scored 70% -89% on the Cost Data and Cost-VolumeProfit Analysis Tables. • Exceeds Expectations: Students enrolled in RECR 4430 who scored 90% or higher on Cost Data and Cost-VolumeProfit Analysis Tables. Measure #2 (Synthesis and Analysis in Proscribed Format) • Meets Expectations: Students enrolled in RECR 4430 who scored 70% -89% on the Synthesis and Analysis in Proscribed Format component. • Exceeds Expectations: Students enrolled in RECR 4430 who scored 90% or higher on the Synthesis and Analysis in Proscribed Format component
  • Result:
    Fall 2018 - Measure #1 (Cost Data and Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis Tables) • Meets Expectations: 53% (n=10) of students scored 70%-89% on the Cost Data and Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis Tables. • Exceeds Expectations: 16% (n=3) of students scored 90% or higher on the Cost Data and Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis Tables. The average score on the measure was 76% (n=19); scores ranged from a high of 96% to a low of 48%. Spring 2019 – Measure #1 (Cost Data and Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis Tables) • Meets Expectations: 41% (n=9) of students scored 70%-89% on the Cost Data and Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis Tables. • Exceeds Expectations: 32% (n=7) of students scored 90% or higher on the Cost Data and Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis Tables. The average score on the measure was 78% (n=22); scores ranged from a high of 100% to a low of 52%. Fall 2018 - Measure #2 (Synthesis and Justification) • Meets Expectations: 53% (n=10) of students scored 70%-89% on the Synthesis and Justification. • Exceeds Expectations: 37% (n=7) of students scored 90% or higher on the Synthesis and Justification. The average score on the measure was 84% (n=19); scores ranged from a high of 100% to a low of 62%. Spring 2019 – Measure #2 (Synthesis and Justification) • Meets Expectations: 32% (n=7) of students scored 70%-89% on the Synthesis and Justification. • Exceeds Expectations: 64% (n=14) of students scored 90% or higher on the Synthesis and Justification. The average score on the measure was 90% (n=22); scores ranged from a high of 100% to a low of 68%.

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.