Northern Arizona University has been offering Bachelor of Science degrees in Recreation since 1961. We offered our online Parks and Recreation Management (PRM) Certificate in 2001 and the first accredited online Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and 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:
    a) At the completion of the course the student will be able to distinguish between the nature and scope of outdoor recreation agencies.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    PRM 346W Outdoor Recreation Experience Report
  • Result:
    Result of Assessment: Assessment results were obtained from four classes in AY 2018-19: Fall 2018 campus class, Fall 2018 online class, Spring 2019 online class, Spring 2019 campus class, and Summer 2019 online class for a total of 111 students. Assessment results for the Outdoor Recreation Report paper showed 81% (90/111) of students scored 80% or higher in meeting this learning outcome. Action Plan: Three of the students who fell below 80% for the written assignment can be attributed to the student not submitting this assignment. An additional fifteen students did not meet the bench mark grade of 80% with grades ranging from 13% to 78%. Of those completing the assignment, it appears several did not meet expectations around formal writing voice, sentence structure, and APA formatting. It is possible more clarification on those criteria is needed In the future, more opportunities to access assignment directions with plenty of time to ask clarifying questions will be created. Also, I will create more space in class to review basic sentence structure, APA formatting, and formal writing voice. I will also create a quiz before any writing assignments to test student understanding of the writing expectations they find most challenging. More encouragement to view sample papers and the available grading rubric provided with the assignment directions before submitting will be given via announcements and email messages. To address the non-submissions, additional reminder emails will be sent and additional announcements in BbLearn will be posted to all students about the upcoming assignment deadlines.
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:
    At the completion of the course the student will be able to explain the responsibility of the leisure service profession to make available opportunities for leisure experiences for all populations, including those with disabilities and apply appropriate strategies for inclusion.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    PRM 326 Inclusive Recreation Inclusion Plan Assignment
  • Result:
    Result of Assessment: Assessment results were obtained from four classes in AY 2018-19: Fall 2018 campus class, Fall 2018 online class (open), Spring 2019 online class (open), and Summer 2019 online class (open) for a total of 118 students. Assessment results showed 77% (91/118) of students scored 80% or higher in meeting this learning outcome. Action Plan: Nine of the students who fell below 80% can be attributed to the student not submitting this assignment. An additional eighteen students did not meet the bench mark grade of 80% with grades ranging from 26% to 78%. Of those completing the assignment, it appears several did not provide enough information for some of the required components in the assignment and therefore did not receive full points in those areas. They did not appear to have any difficulty with understanding directions. Future plans include adding minimum word count requirements for each required component of the assignment to encourage the students to provide more in-depth information in their inclusion plan. There will also be more encouragement to view the sample papers and the available grading rubric provided with the assignment directions before submitting. To address the non-submissions, additional reminder emails will be sent and additional announcements in BbLearn will be posted to all students about the upcoming assignment deadlines.
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:
    At the completion of the course the student will be able to apply management principles in organization, legal foundations, planning, marketing, promotion, finance, public relations, human resource practices, and decision making in commercial leisure enterprises.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    PRM 383 Community/Commercial Recreation Feasibility Study Assignment
  • Result:
    Result of Assessment: Assessment results were obtained from four classes in AY 2018-19: Fall 2018 campus class (46), Fall 2018 online class (open) (53), and Spring 2019 online class (open) (45) for a total of 144 students. Assessment results showed 26% (38/144) of students scored 80% or higher in meeting this learning outcome. Action Plan: The PRM 383 Feasibility Study requires students to develop a business plan proposal for a commercial recreation business of their choice. The directions for each section of the assignment are detailed and provide all the necessary information to successfully complete the assignment. Nine of the students who fell below 80% can be attributed to the students not submitting the Feasibility Study assignment. An additional 97 students did not meet the bench mark grade of 80% with grades ranging from 25% to 78% for the Feasibility Study assignment. Of those completing the assignment, it appears many did not provide the information for some of the required components in the assignment and therefore did not receive full points in those areas. In the future, two additional assignments will be added to encourage the students to begin collecting the required initial information for the Feasibility Study. To address the non-submissions, additional reminder emails will be sent to all students about the upcoming assignment deadlines. The Feasibility Study continues to be a challenging and comprehensive assignment. I will continue to regularly review the assignment guidelines and auxiliary materials to improve the requirements and clarity of the feasibility study. It is important to note that even with low grades on this assignment the students who are submitting this assignment are still achieving passing grades for the course.

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.