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Recreation and Leisure Services Program

ECU's BS in recreation and park management provides students classroom, service-learning, and internship experiences where they work with people in a wide range of settings. Our students learn how to plan and conduct programs, engage in marketing, supervise others, design recreation facilities, host special events, and engage in many other experiences putting recreation to work for others. Our field changes lives: We help make people happier, more fulfilled, and closer to friends and family. We also aim for a sustainable environment in all that we do.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 100%
  • Outcome 1:
    Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate the following entry-level knowledge with respect to the nature and scope of the relevant park, recreation, tourism or related professions and their associated industries
  • Outcome 1 Measure Type:
  • Outcome 1 Assessment Method:
    Items from an exam in RCLS 2901 (Professional Seminar 1 in RPM) . 80% of students will score 70% or higher on items specific to community and non-profit recreation, outdoor recreation and tourism and commercial recreation.
  • Outcome 1 Result:
    Standard met. A review of courses showed that 85.86% of students scored 70% or higher on specific quiz items for this measure. Actions taken to address this outcome appeared to be linked to student performance in this area. Lecture-based sections outperformed on-line sections, which is typical, but point to a problem in delivery. Approximately 92% of students from lecture-based sections scored 70 percent or higher, whereas just over 60% of on-line students met the standard. aculty plan to review on-line learning exercises developed for this unit. Updates will be made over the summer to address specific areas of concern. An orientation for on-line instructors will emphasize developing an on-line learning community to better connect with students.
  • Outcome 2:
    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 2 Measure Type:
  • Outcome 2 Assessment Method:
    Rubric to evaluate program design and evaluation in RCLS 3003 (RCLS Programs). Students will score '6' or higher on the rubric which equates to "competent."
  • Outcome 2 Result:
    Criterion met. The outcome met the standard of 100% of students scoring ‘6’ or higher (competent) on the program plan rubric. Internship supervisor evaluations were used to evaluate criteria #2, the standard was also met as all measures were above the standard of 100% earning a mean of 4.0 or higher for the evaluation skills battery of items. Faculty in RCLS 3003/3004 (Programming and the Programming Lab) reviewed redacted copies of old program plans with students as part of the introduction to the program planning assignment with special emphasis on examples of exemplary and poor quality evaluation plans. Content specific to developing and evaluating SMART objectives was added in RCLS 4000 to reinforce materials introduced in RCLS 3003/04. Actions taken in RCLS 3003/04 to address this outcome appeared to be linked to student performance in this area. Scores were well over the minimum rubric score of 6 and averaged over a score of 10 for this area (out of 15).
  • Outcome 3:
    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 3 Measure Type:
  • Outcome 3 Assessment Method:
    Items from an exam in RCLS 4002 (RPMADMIN 1). 80% of students will score 70% or higher on items measuring the following: personnel, human resource managent, financing and budgeting.
  • Outcome 3 Result:
    Criterion met. When reviewing both criteria (80% achieve 70% on specific portions of the mock CPRP exam), the standard was met for this outcome. Using the Certified Park and Recreation Professional competencies mock exam, 84.0% of students met the criteria. Actions taken in both classes appear to have influenced results. Students performed best in the area of human resource management (94% met standard), followed by operations (85.1%), finance (84.2%), and programming (83.2%). Faculty plan to continue utilizing strategies developed both administration classes with respect to remediation of problem areas identified by end-of-unit quizzes and student-centered Ad Hoc exercises. Work with the instructors for RCLS 3003/04 (where this material is first addressed) to deal with gaps in knowledge of administering programs. Faculty assigned to 4002 (Admin 1) and 4003 (Admin 2) developed specific end-of-unit quizzes to help identify coverage areas for pre-final review period. These end-of-unit quizzes were allowed for in-semester reinforcement of areas where student performance was below expectations. Additionally, course revisions in capital improvements (Finance-Admin 2) and seasonal/part-time employee procedures (Human Resources Admin 1) occurred. The faculty for this course also incorporated a new strategy “Ad Hocs” that were informal ways to promote student-centered learning. These were particularly useful when addressing areas for reinforcement.
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