The Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies (PRTS) Program is housed within the Human Movement Sciences Department, one of five departments in the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies. The PRTS Program is designed to prepare students to enter the professional fields of park, recreation, and tourism management, and therapeutic recreation. Each student major receives a management-based core curriculum complemented by their choice of a selected career concentration area. Concentration areas include Park and Recreation Management (PRM), Therapeutic Recreation (TR), and Tourism Management (TM).

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:
    PRTS 211: Students are to write their personal philosophy of leisure. The assignment assesses a student's understanding of recreation, leisure and play. Demonstrate ability to articulate in writing the importance of recreation and leisure in relation to quality of life.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    70% of students will pass with a 70% or higher score. A score of 70% or higher indicates that the student has demonstrated the ability to articulate in writing the importance of recreation and leisure in relation to quality of life (both individually and societally). Rubric scores reflect a realistic and logical philosophy, written expression of personal opinions, and writing skills including grammar and spelling.
  • Result:
    In 2018-19, 76/88 (86%) of students passed with a 70% or higher score. FA18 - Two students did not complete/submit the assignment; therefore, they earned zeroes for this performance measure. One student scored just below 70% due to a penalty incurred for a late submission. SP19 - Two students did not complete/submit the assignment; therefore, they earned zeroes for this performance measure. The remaining three students scored lower than 70%, but higher than 63%.
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:
    PRTS 212: In small project teams, students create a 15-Step Programming Plan. Students use the textbook, class assignments, and lectures to support the Program Plan and its design. Each day of class is used to review steps of the programming process and program plan development. This plan is a "living" assignment, evolving with each day of class. This comprehensive assignment is due at the end of the semester; however, progress is monitored by the instructor through reviews of draft documents and in-person team meetings.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    A 70% pass on this assignment indicates that the students were able to properly design a program with attention to and competence in: program descriptions, identification of a target audience, a plan for conducting needs assessments and asset reviews, proper program formats, relevant program areas, necessary facilities/equipment/supplies, appropriate staffing, the establishment of goals and objectives, the development of policies/procedures/rules, a risk assessment, a marketing and promotion plan, a cost-analysis, program facilitation strategies, and a program evaluation. The rubric assesses the following areas: 1. Creativity; 2. Content (reflective of mastery of course concepts); 3. Grammar/Spelling; 4. Professionalism.
  • Result:
    In 2018-19, 93.5% of students passed with a 70% or higher score. FA18 -100% of students met the benchmark. SP19 - Students work in small teams to complete the semester-long program plan assignment. The project is intentionally scaffolded and students receive regular feedback on their work/progress in multiple ways prior to submitting the final plan. This managed approach has been highly effective for the overwhelming majority of students. The four students who did not score 70% or better were on the same project team and did not appear to give adequate/appropriate attention to the project. Their team missed many deadlines and their work was minimal despite the extensive nature of the project outline. The team did not apply the recommendations I provided to their final 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:
    PRTS 332: Students will gain an understanding of program administration through the use of policy and procedures.The purpose of this assignment is to assess a student's ability to understand the difference between a policy and procedures and their use in the recreation industry.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    A score of 70% or higher demonstrates the student's ability to understand the relationship between policy and procedures and program operation. The rubric includes scores for content of a policy statement written in clear and concise terms, detailed procedures supporting the policy statement, appropriate format and technical writing skills.
  • Result:
    In 2018-19, 66/75 (88%) of students passed with a 70% or higher score. FA18 - Three of the five students who did not meet the benchmark did not complete the assignment and, therefore, received a zero. SP19 - Of the two students who did not meet or exceed 70%, one did not complete the assignment and the other only partially completed it. SU19 - The two students who did not meet or exceed 70% both lost points for lack of detail in their procedures section.

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.