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Recreation and Park Administration Program

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.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Outcome 1:
    Students will demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the theoretical foundation of the profession.
  • Outcome 1 Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Outcome 1 Assessment Method:
    Final Written Exam
  • Outcome 1 Result:
    72% of the students scored a 70% or higher on the final written exam for this measure.
  • Outcome 2:
    Students will demonstrate the ability to design a recreation program to facilitate targeted human experiences and embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.
  • Outcome 2 Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Outcome 2 Assessment Method:
    Program Design Rubric
  • Outcome 2 Result:
    74% of the students scored a 70% or hihger on the program design project.
  • Outcome 3:
    Students graduating from the program will demonstrate the ability to formualte a needs assessment/program evaluation related to parks, recreation, and tourism.
  • Outcome 3 Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Outcome 3 Assessment Method:
    Program evaluation/needs assessment assignment rubric
  • Outcome 3 Result:
    65% of the students scored a 70% or above on the needs assessment/program evaluation assignment.
    COAPRT Standard 2.05.05:  STD_20505
    COAPRT Standard 3.06:  STD_306
    COAPRT Standard 3.07:  STD_307