The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS) is one of 12 discreet departments in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at California State University Long Beach, which is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Established in 1965, the department has been in existence for 52 years serving undergraduate and graduate populations. The Department has been accredited through the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) for over 30 years. RLS offers two programs of study: a Bachelor's of Arts in Recreation with concentrations in Community Recreation, Parks and Outdoor Recreation Resource Management, Campus Recreation and Student Services, or Tourism Management; and, a Bachelor's of Arts in Recreation with an option in Recreation Therapy.

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:
    Demonstrate the application of a personal philosophy of professional practice through the historical, scientific and philosophical foundations of the profession
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Personal Philosophy Pow-Toon informercial Assignment
  • Result:
    88% scored 70% or higher on the assignment
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:
    REC 225- Students plan, facilitate, and evaluate in-class games and activities for a group of 30. 70% of students will score 80% or higher on the activity facilitation assignment.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    REC 225 Program Proposal Assignment
  • Result:
    92% of students scored 70% or higher.
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:
    REC 325: Students will be able to identify principals of marketing and promotion. 80% of students will achieve an 80% or higher on the assignment
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Dream Event Assignment
  • Result:
    98% of students scored 80% or higher.

Recreation Therapy

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:
    Describe the appropriate therapeutic recreation applications for rehabilitation purposes of clinical terms and diagnoses. 75% of students will score above a “80%” on the grading rubric.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    TR Model Assignment- assessed by rubric.
  • Result:
    100% scored 80% Or higher.
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:
    Evaluate a variety of therapeutic recreation assessment instruments and batteries. 75% of students will score a 80% or better on the assessment analysis assignment.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    In class assignments and assessment analysis assignment measured by rubric
  • Result:
    100% scored 80% or higher.
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:
    Develop a comprehensive therapeutic recreation program based on observations of therapeutic recreation programs in clinical settings
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Policies and Procedures Manual 70% of students will earn 80% or greater on the policies and procedures manual grading rubric
  • Result:
    100% scored 80% or higher.

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.