Recreation and Park Management Have you ever thought about making a living through which you can play to work? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others using fun and recreation as a medium for personal growth? ECU's BS in recreation and park management will provide you classroom, service-learning, and internship experiences where you will work with people in a wide range of settings. You'll 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. The breadth of the field allows you to put your skills to work in a wide range of settings such as military recreation in the United States and abroad; tourism including cruise ships, major hotel lines, and tour companies; city parks and recreation departments running parks, sports, arts and crafts, theater, trips, and other programs; state parks; youth sports; festivals and special events; outdoor leadership; campus recreation; nonprofit agencies such as the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, and 4-H; organized camping; church recreation programs; and employee recreation services. Students majoring in recreation and park management must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA and a minimum cumulative 2.0 overall GPA in all core and restricted elective courses to remain in good standing. Majors must earn a minimum grade of C- in all required core RCLS prefix courses. If a course without the RCLS prefix is approved as a substitution for a required core RCLS prefix course, a minimum grade of C- must be earned. Students dropping below the required 2.0 GPA will not be allowed to enroll in any additional RCLS prefix courses until the GPA meets the 2.0 requirement. If a student receives a grade lower than a C- in a required core course, the student may retake that course without meeting the 2.0 GPA requirements. Students graduating from the recreation and park management program are eligible to sit for the national examination to become a certified park and recreation professional (CPRP), and thereby acquire this valuable credential for professional advancement. The minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. of credit.

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 graduation from the program shall demonstrate entry-level knowledge with respect to the nature and scope of relevant park, recreation, tourism and related professions and their associated industries. This foundation knowledge is tested in a required exam of the history of our professions.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    An exam is given each semester in RCLS 2901 (Professional Seminar I) that tests the breadth and history of our professions. We consider the outcome achieved if 80% of students score 70% or higher on this exam.
  • Result:
    In Spring 2019 87% of students achieved the 70% threshold; in Fall 2019 85% percent of students achieved the 70% threshold. This standard was met.
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 graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate the ability to design, implement and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    A rubic has been adopted by the faulty that is used to evaluate the program design and evaluation in RCLS 3003 (program planning). Students who score a "6" or higher on the 9 point rubric are deemed competent.
  • Result:
    In Spring 2019 100% of students scored a 6 or higher on their program plans; In Fall 2019 89 % of students scored a 6 or higher on their program plans. This standard was met.
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 shall be able to demonstrate entry level knowledge about operations and strategic management/administration in parks, recreation, tourism and/or related professions.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    An exam in RCLS 4002 (administration in PRT) was designed to test the key components that are included in the CPRP exam. While the value required to pass for CPRP shifts annually, students are considered to pass if they earn 70% or higher on the exam items measuring personnel management, human resource magnet, finance and budgeting.
  • Result:
    The course assessed is offered in the spring only. In Spring 2019 87% of students met the 70% threshold. The standard was met.

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.