NC Central University is the nation's first public Historically Black College/University (HBCU). The Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Administration's Bachelor of Science Program in Recreation Administration, established in 1949, offers a scientifically based, service learning enhanced curriculum for students who want to work with people, enjoy activity and gain satisfaction in enhancing the quality of life of others. The curricular emphasis is on the professional preparation of students for careers in a variety of recreational settings, such as: municipal, high schools and colleges, professional, athletic, and recreational sport agencies and arenas, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, city parks and recreation, state and national parks, commercial, nonprofit, campus, employee, military agencies, health clubs, fitness centers, and clinical and nonclinical sites. Serving over 140 undergrads, student majors can choose one of three concentration options: Parks and Recreation Management, Recreational Sport Management (which includes a Business or Sport Coaching minor), and Recreational 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:
    Students shall be able to identify various historical figures and movements in the profession that have had an impact on the development of the profession.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Students in the Recreation Administration Program complete an exam of “Historical Figures and Foundations.” Our target was that 70% of students would achieve 70% or higher on the assignment as assessed by a rubric.
  • Result:
    For AY 2018-2019, 71.4% of student majors achieved 70% or higher on the Historical Figures and Foundations Exam (N=98). Most students were knowledgeable about historical figures and actions related to them. Some of the students who did not earn 70% or better did not match the historical figure to their action and the instructor provided recommendations. The instructor recommendations include providing repeated exposure of historical figures throughout the semester to increase student’s knowledge, understanding, and memory with the expectation of increasing the success rate. Other courses will include a greater focus on historical leaders, especially those with an NCCU background.
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 facilitate appropriate programs.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Students facilitated recreational programs for the Durham Parks and Recreation/Durham City Schools Intersession Program hosted by the employer, DPR. The center serves and provides programs for children and adults within the community of Durham, NC. The program delivery was assessed by a rubric. Our target was that 70% of students would achieve 80% or higher on the Program Delivery Assignment as assessed by a rubric.
  • Result:
    During the 2018-2019 academic year, 97% of students (N=37) achieved 80% or higher on program facilitation (delivery) of their assignment. Students demonstrated professionalism, teamwork, and good communication among their teams and with staff and participants. They were knowledge about event details and event expectations. Students were engaged throughout their programs and ensured the programs ran smoothly. There is room for improvement in our program delivery and in the future, we will have students practice delivering critical parts of their programs to peers for feedback and suggestions.
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 can describe basic concepts, principles, and procedures associated with risk, safety, and security.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    The Agency Site Supervisor Final Evaluation Survey of NCCU Recreation Administration Program Student Intern was the method used to assess this standard. The evaluation is a five-point Likert Scale ranging from Strongly Agree (5) to Strongly Disagree (1). Site supervisors complete the internship evaluation at the completion of the experience. Each agency supervisor evaluates the student intern’s ability to demonstrate entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management/administration in parks, recreation, tourism and/or related professions. The intern’s ability to describe basic concepts, principles, and procedures associated with risk, safety, and security was analyzed. Our target was that 80% or more of internship site supervisors would “agree” or “strongly agree” to the statement: “Ability to describe basic concepts, principles, and procedures associated with risk, safety, and security.”
  • Result:
    During the 2018-2019 academic year, when asked to assess the student intern’s ability to perform fundamental, entry level, managerial competencies in an Agency Site Supervisor’s Final Evaluation of the student intern, 97.1% of student’s site supervisors (N=35) agreed or strongly agreed with the statement: “ability to describe basic concepts, principles, and procedures associated with risk, safety, and security.”

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.