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Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies Program

The Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies (PRTS) Program is housed within the Human Movement Sciences Department, one of six departments in the Darden College of Education. The PRTS Program is designed to prepare students with the skill, knowledge, and ability to pursue a professional career in the recreation and tourism industry. Each student major receives a management-based core curriculum complemented by their choice of a selected career emphasis area: (a) therapeutic recreation, (b) tourism management, and (c) park and recreation management. PRTS has been continuously accredited since 1984, celebrating over 30 years of accreditation, and re-accredited in 2014.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 100%
  • Outcome 1:
    PRTS 211: Site Visit Assignment. Students visit a recreation/tourism facility/agency outside of class time. Assignment assesses student's ability to evaluate an agency. Demonstrate knowledge of organization classifications (public, non-profit etc.). Students evaluate agency's program offerings, staff knowledge, target population served, and potential benefits to the participant.
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  • Outcome 1 Assessment Method:
    70% of students will pass with a 70% or higher score. A 70% or higher score on the assignment indicates that students have observed various aspects of the facility in terms of information available, staffing, and offerings and that students interacted with staff person to assess service delivery, knowledge, and professionalism. The rubric scores address the choice of agency within recreation/tourism, evaluation of agency and personnel information, and witting skills including grammar and spelling.
  • Outcome 1 Result:
    94% of students passed with a 70% or higher score FA17 - One student earned a zero for this assignment, as she did not submit any work. Two students submitted the assignment well after its due date; thus, their grades are reflective of point deductions for late work, not a lack of knowledge or application of required skill. One student submitted his partner's work as his own, though he did not contribute. Therefore, significant points were deducted for plagiarism.
  • Outcome 2:
    PRTS 201: Program Plan Assignment. As a group, students create a 13-Step Programming Plan. Students use the textbook, class assignments, and lectures to support the Program Plan. Each day of class will be used to review steps of the program plan. This should be a "living" assignment, evolving with each day of class. This comprehensive assignment will be due near the end of the semester; however, random checks for daily points may be included.
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  • Outcome 2 Assessment Method:
    70% of students will pass with a 70% or higher score. A 70% pass on this assignment indicates that the students were able to properly design a program with appropriate descriptions, identification of a target audience, program formats, program areas, staffing, the establishment of goals and objectives, marketing and promotion, and cost-analysis. The rubric assess the following areas: 1. Organizational profile; 2. Approach to programming; 3. Theoretical framework; 4. Value, mission, and vision; 5. Overview of community and characteristics of population served; 6. Design of program; 7. Program promotion and pricing; 8. Basic strategies for facilitating your program; 9. Program evaluation, and 10. Professional preparation.
  • Outcome 2 Result:
    93.5% of students passed with a 70% or higher score. FA17 - One student earned a zero, as she was inactive in this group project as well as the class after October 25, 2017. SP18 - For this semester-long project, the class was grouped into 8 teams consisting of 4 to 5 members each. The project was introduced at the beginning of the semester with extensive detail and project deadlines clearly outlined in a student packet. Throughout the semester, teams submitted rough drafts of sections of the project for the instructor's review. The instructor provided extensive feedback for revisions via Blackboard. In addition, each team was required to meet with the instructor at the midpoint of the project to discuss the team's progress, group dynamics, and any questions/concerns the team had. Teams were also given class time to work on the project so the instructor could be present to respond to questions. The team that did not meet the 70% standard submitted a final draft of the project that lacked professionalism and did not demonstrate competence in course concepts. It is noted that this team did not consider the instructor's comments or implement her suggestions (from the draft submissions) in the final report. The team also struggled with time management and effective communication throughout the project.
  • Outcome 3:
    PRTS 425: Budget Assignment. Two-part assignment to demonstrate knowledge of key components within a budget and ability to prepare a budget. The assessment indicates whether students grasp budget components, know proper terminology and can create a budget.
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  • Outcome 3 Assessment Method:
    70% of students will pass with a 70% or higher score. A 70% pass on this Budget assessment indicates that students grasped budget components, know proper terminology and can create a budget. The rubric focuses on the accuracy and completeness of the assignment. Technical competence for writing and use of Excel are also measured.
  • Outcome 3 Result:
    83% of students passed with a 70% or higher score. FA17 - The assignment involves creating a program budget (in 5 segments) and making adjustments to a departmental budget. Two students basically quit participating and only completed two of the 6 assignments. The other two students attempted all but the last component. Overall, I think that the students are doing better as more of them are reaching my class with some experience in Excel. Few have any budgeting experience though, so the project is very worthwhile in preparing them for work scenarios. SP18 - The students who scored low didn’t complete parts of the assignment. Many of the students did very well on it and grasped the budgeting process well.
    COAPRT Standard 2.05.05:  STD_20505
    COAPRT Standard 3.06:  STD_306
    COAPRT Standard 3.07:  STD_307