The BS program in parks and recreation management provides a transdisciplinary education in the management of parks, protected areas, community-based recreation services and special-event management. The parks and recreation field emerged from the youth development, recreation and park movements of the late 19th-century. Students learn to integrate the managerial, natural and social sciences to make informed decisions for recreation service delivery.

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 in PRM 120 Leisure and Quality of Life will be required to take a written exam that assesses their knowledge of the varying roles of leisure and impacts on quality of life.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    80 percent of PRM students will achieve a score of 75 percent or better on the written exam.
  • Result:
    72% of the students who took the written exam earned at least a 75%
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 in PRM 203 Recreeation Program planning, will plan, implement and evaluate a recreation program for a community group.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    80% of the students will achieve a score of at least 80% for their contributions to the program for a community group as judged by their instructor, group member evaluations and community contact for the program.
  • Result:
    95% of the students received a score of at least 80% for the program assignment.
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 in PRM 463 Senior internship will self-evaluate their growth (a third time) in 11 core competency areas at the completion of their internship. Core competencies include leadership, program, finance, facility and management knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    75% of the students will show proficiency in their management core competencies by increasing their scores on the Core Competency Assessment by .5 after completion of the internship.
  • Result:
    100% of the students increased their core competency score in all 11 of the areas on the Core Competency check sheet

Parks and Recreation Management (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 in PRM 120 Leisure and Quality of Life will be required to take a written exam that assesses their knowledge of the varying roles of leisure and impacts on quality of life
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    80 percent of TR students will achieve a score of 75 percent or better on the written exam.
  • Result:
    100% of the TR students in PRM 120 achieved a score of 75% or better on the written exam
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 in PRM 400 Intervention in Recreation Therapy will develop an evidenced-based protocol for a client.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    80% of students will achieve a 75% or better on the overall assignment, thereby demonstrating an ability to evaluate evidence as evaluated by the course instructor.
  • Result:
    94% of the students achieved at least an 80% in their evidence-based evaluation
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 in PRM 406 Program Design and Administration in Recreation Therapy will complete a comprehensive written program plan.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    80% of students will achieve a 75% or better on the overall assignment, and an 80% or better on the quality of writing, as evaluated by the course instructor.
  • Result:
    86% of the students in PRM 406 demonstrated their understanding of Administration in Recreation therapy by scored at least a 75% on their exam. 82% of the students demonstrated quality writing skills.

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.