The nationally-accredited curriculum in Recreation Management at George Mason University provides students with the framework necessary for professional development, career advancement, and graduate education through a combination of rewarding learning and practical experiences. Students interested in the field of Recreation Management pursue the BS degree in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources, with a concentration in either Parks and Outdoor Recreation OR Therapeutic Recreation. Students are exposed to the various facets of this dynamic and rapidly growing field. Our graduates are prepared to make a real difference - informing policy, promoting economic development, advocating stewardship of natural resources, encouraging inclusive community service and lifelong recreation participation, and working to enhance the quality of life of all individuals, families, and communities at the local, national, and international levels.

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 graduating from the Recreation Management program shall demonstrate an ability to develop and articulate their personal philosophy of leisure, and a broad awareness of the profession and associated industries.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Students are required to complete an activity participation and economic log, entailing the monitoring and analysis of personal recreation and leisure activities and their expenses. Additionally, they are required to write a paper (with citations) documenting their personal philosophy of leisure, perspectives on participation and spending, and the relationship of these findings to the development of the profession and associated industries.
  • Result:
    In calendar year 2018, 87% of all Recreation Management students scored 75% or above on the PRLS 210 - Activity Participation and Economic Log.
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 Recreation Management program shall complete and present (orally and in writing) a Program Plan that can be implemented and evaluated in future courses (including the internship).
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Students are required to develop a program plan comprising mission; program description; goals and objectives; operational criteria (e.g., accommodations; equipment/supplies; promotional website; staffing, venue and activity plans); and evaluation tools to demonstrate the ability to design and implement services.
  • Result:
    In calendar year 2018, 100% of all Recreation Management students scored 80% or above on the PRLS 310 - Written Program Plan.
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 Recreation Management program shall demonstrate an ability to identify legal principles and rules of law governing federal civil rights law and their applicability to the discipline.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Students are required to complete four exams testing their understanding of liability issues. There is no comprehensive exam in the course, rather each covers an array of legal principles and rules of law. Exam #1 assesses knowledge of control test and negligence principles; standard care in negligence liability; and landowner and trespasser liability. Exam #2 assesses knowledge of landowner liability for criminal activity; recreational use immunity law; lifeguard and aquatics liability. Exam #3 assesses knowledge of sports coach liability; post-injury procedures liability; sports spectator liability; and sport participant liability and assumption of risk. Exam #4 assesses knowledge of liability releases and waiver agreements; agency liability for sexual misconduct; supervision liability; and gender discrimination
  • Result:
    In calendar year 2018, the average score across Exams #1-4 for Recreation Management students was 70.9% (B).

The nationally-accredited curriculum in Recreation Management at George Mason University provides students with the framework necessary for professional development, career advancement, and graduate education through a combination of rewarding learning and practical experiences. Students interested in the field of Recreation Management pursue the BS degree in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources, with a concentration in either Parks and Outdoor Recreation OR Therapeutic Recreation. Students are exposed to the various facets of this dynamic and rapidly growing field. Our graduates are prepared to make a real difference - informing policy, promoting economic development, advocating stewardship of natural resources, encouraging inclusive community service and lifelong recreation participation, and working to enhance the quality of life of all individuals, families, and communities at the local, national, and international levels.

The nationally-accredited curriculum in Recreation Management at George Mason University provides students with the framework necessary for professional development, career advancement, and graduate education through a combination of rewarding learning and practical experiences. Students interested in the field of Recreation Management pursue the BS degree in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources, with a concentration in either Parks and Outdoor Recreation OR Therapeutic Recreation. Students are exposed to the various facets of this dynamic and rapidly growing field. Our graduates are prepared to make a real difference - informing policy, promoting economic development, advocating stewardship of natural resources, encouraging inclusive community service and lifelong recreation participation, and working to enhance the quality of life of all individuals, families, and communities at the local, national, and international levels.

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.