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Recreation Administration & Leisure Studies Program

The Department of Recreation Administration was established at Fresno State in 1959. It is our mission to prepare students in the breadth and depth of the leisure service industry and profession. The program is a B.S. in Recreation Administration with options in Community Recreation, Adventure Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, Special Events and Tourism, and Sport and Entertainment Facility Management. There are on average 190 majors, 20 minors and 40 certificate program students. The students over the last four years have provided 70,000 hours of volunteer hours, resulting in nearly 1 million dollars in service impact in the valley. The department is a member of the EPIC-N (EPICN.ORG). EPIC is an award-winning university-community partnership program that works at a large scale to advance the needs of communities while training the next generation workforce and leadership.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 77%
  • Outcome 1:
    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 profession and their associated industries; b) techniques and processes used by professionals and works in these industries; and c) the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy.
  • Outcome 1 Measure Type:
  • Outcome 1 Assessment Method:
    Standard 7.01 (7.01.01, 7.01.02, 7.01.03) was assessed by using the following assessment tools in their corresponding courses: RA 55 Final exam RA 101 Quiz RA 179 Conference attendance and paper.
  • Outcome 1 Result:
    RA 55: Both final exams in the 2017/18 AY contained questions related to entry-level knowledge of the profession, its organizations, professional practices, and historical, theoretical and philosophical foundations. Average student scores on both fall and spring were 87%.
  • Outcome 2:
    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.
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  • Outcome 2 Assessment Method:
    Standard 7.02 (7.02.01, 7.02.02, 7.02.03) was assessed by using the following assessment tools in their corresponding courses: RA 77 Program plan, RA 139 Evaluation project, RA 128 Budget project, RA 184 Intern focus group/survey.
  • Outcome 2 Result:
    RA 77s Program plan required both individual plans and teams to complete a program plan based on assigned service-learning programs. The established rubric was used to evaluate needs assessment to evaluation, and programming components (e.g., budget, process, marketing and evaluation). Of the 47 students, 52 achieved a grade of 70% or more on the program plan. Overall, the students appeared to be able to apply what they learned over the course of the semester. The one area that appeared to create the most challenge for the students was in aligning goals and objectives; and, not necessarily grasping that the outcomes (objectives/data) of their programs might play a role future funding. In evaluation, the students were successful at Phase 1: Introduction, Rational, Study Context; Phase 2: Annotated Bibliography; Phase 3: Methods. All of the eighteen students who completed the evaluation project achieved over a 70% on the project.
  • Outcome 3:
    Students graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate entry-level knowledge about operations and management/administration in parks, recreation, tourism and/or related professions.
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  • Outcome 3 Assessment Method:
    Standard 7.03 (7.03.01, 7.03.02) was assessed by using the following assessment tools in their corresponding courses: RA 135 Marketing plan, RA 179 Test, RA 184 Intern focus group.
  • Outcome 3 Result:
    RA 135 Marketing plan assignment requires students to apply class terms and concepts to an agency of their choosing. Of these students, 83% met the threshold for marketing. RA 179, 71% met the threshold, while all intern students participated in a survey and some with the focus group.
    COAPRT Standard 2.05.05:  STD_20505
    COAPRT Standard 3.06:  STD_306
    COAPRT Standard 3.07:  STD_307