The Recreation Program was established at Arkansas Tech University in 1965 as part of the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER). The first Bachelor of Science degrees in Recreation were conferred in 1966. The Recreation Program was moved out of the HPER Department in 1968 and designated as the Department of Recreation and Park Administration. The Recreation and Park Administration Program was first accreditated by the Council on Accreditation (National Recreation and Park Association and American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation) in 1997. The program was reaccredited in 2002, 2007, and 2012. The mission of the Recreation and Park Administration Program is to educate recreation and park professionals for self, community and society. The Recreation and Park Administration Program offers four areas of emphasis for students: Natural Resource, Recreation Sport Management, Interpretation, and Therapeutic Recreation.

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 theoretical foundation of the profession.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Final Written Exam
  • Result:
    72% of the students scored a 70% or higher on the final written exam for this measure.
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 design a recreation program to facilitate targeted human experiences and embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Program Design Rubric
  • Result:
    74% of the students scored a 70% or hihger on the program design project.
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 graduating from the program will demonstrate the ability to formualte a needs assessment/program evaluation related to parks, recreation, and tourism.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Program evaluation/needs assessment assignment rubric
  • Result:
    65% of the students scored a 70% or above on the needs assessment/program evaluation assignment.

The Recreation Program was established at Arkansas Tech University in 1965 as part of the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER). The first Bachelor of Science degrees in Recreation were conferred in 1966. The Recreation Program was moved out of the HPER Department in 1968 and designated as the Department of Recreation and Park Administration. The Recreation and Park Administration Program was first accreditated by the Council on Accreditation (National Recreation and Park Association and American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation) in 1997. The program was reaccredited in 2002, 2007, and 2012. The mission of the Recreation and Park Administration Program is to educate recreation and park professionals for self, community and society. The Recreation and Park Administration Program offers four areas of emphasis for students: Natural Resource, Recreation Sport Management, Interpretation, and Therapeutic Recreation.

The Recreation Program was established at Arkansas Tech University in 1965 as part of the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER). The first Bachelor of Science degrees in Recreation were conferred in 1966. The Recreation Program was moved out of the HPER Department in 1968 and designated as the Department of Recreation and Park Administration. The Recreation and Park Administration Program was first accreditated by the Council on Accreditation (National Recreation and Park Association and American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation) in 1997. The program was reaccredited in 2002, 2007, and 2012. The mission of the Recreation and Park Administration Program is to educate recreation and park professionals for self, community and society. The Recreation and Park Administration Program offers four areas of emphasis for students: Natural Resource, Recreation Sport Management, Interpretation, and Therapeutic Recreation.

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.