The Recreation & Sport Studies Baccalaureate Degree in the School of Recreation, Sport and Exercise Science at Shepherd University focuses on the management of Recreation and Sport Professions. The curriculum consists of core courses that prepare students for a variety of careers in the recreation/sport field.

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:
    Program Objective #1: Students shall demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the histories, philosophies, and various professions associated with Recreation and Leisure.
  • Measure Type:
    Indirect
  • Assessment Method:
    Philosophy Statement - RECR 407 (Management Course): Students to complete philosophy of the Management of Recreation/Leisure [75% of students will be assessed on their philosophy statement at a level of “acceptable” (80%) or higher]
  • Result:
    Students assessed at “acceptable” (80% or higher): Spring, 2016 – 55%; Fall, 2016 – 91%; Fall, 2017 – 86%; Spring, 2018 – 73%, Fall, 2018 – 74%, Spring, 2019-73% & Fall, 2019, 91% From Spring, 2019: The majority of students understand the concept of developing a philosophy statement. The remaining students might need an additional lecture section or content addition on how to develop a philosophy statement. From Fall, 2019: This assignment was moved to later in the semester so students had a better understanding of management and could fully develop their philosophies
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:
    Program Objective #4: Students will possess the ability to design, plan, implement, and evaluate a variety of programs and activities in fields of Recreation, sport, outdoor recreation and/or therapeutic recreation related to diversity and inclusion.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Inclusive Activity - RECR 336 (Inclusion Course) Students will be measured on their ability to design, plan, implement, and evaluate an inclusive activity focused on diversity and inclusion [75% of students will be assessed on their ability to design, plan, implement, and evaluate at a level of “acceptable” (80%) or higher.].
  • Result:
    Students assessed at “acceptable” (80% or higher): This is a new measure as discussed in last year’s report. Ability to Design: 93% in Spring, 2019 & 92% in Fall, 2019 Ability to Plan: 93% in Spring, 2019 & 83% in Fall, 2019 Ability to Implement: 100% in Fall of 2019 and Ability to Evaluate: 100% in Fall of 2019 Notation by Instructor: Spring, 2019 was an online section so students were unable to implement or evaluate the activity. Fall, 2019: This semester a new evaluation tool was used and the results were a better reflection of the activities
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:
    Program Objective #5: Students will demonstrate an understanding of programmatic and facility management/ administration in recreation, leisure, and sport.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Mid & Final Evaluation – RECR 450 (Internship) Intern supervisor to evaluate intern’s ability to demonstrate learned programming and management skills using an evaluation tool after the internship [75% will be scored at 80% or higher by intern supervisor on questions related to programming and on questions related to management].
  • Result:
    Students assessed at “acceptable” (80% or higher): Spring, 2016 – 70%; Fall, 2016 – 89%; Spring, 2017 – 87%; Summer, 2017 – 84%; Fall, 2017 – 75%; Spring 2018 – 75%; Summer, 2018 – 65%; Fall, 2018 – 70%; Spring, 2019 – 86% and Fall, 2019 – 78% Notation: Score sheets were re-developed to increase consistency in reporting.

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.