Housed within the Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy, the Recreation Studies Program provides students with the opportunity to pursue careers in a variety of areas within the recreation and leisure service field. In addition to the Professional Program (core) curriculum, students select from two areas of concentration: Outdoor Recreation and Education and Recreation Management.

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 will obtain a richer understanding of procedures and techniques commonly utilized for assessment of leisure needs.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    As a culmination of students’ efforts in conducting a needs assessment on a local recreation and leisure organization, students produce a comprehensive facility plan. The following project requires that students gather data from multiple sources and research the type of facility that characterizes their partner organization. With the data garnered, students interpret the results, create a set of recommendations for their partner organization, and create a comprehensive facility plan report. The comprehensive facility plan report serves as one indicator of students’ comprehension of the stated learning outcome.
  • Result:
    In 2018, 100% of students scored a 73% or higher on the assignment. The overall mean grade earned by students for the assignment was an 82%.
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 will develop an understanding of inclusive practices by applying such practices to the design and operation of recreation programs, services and facilities.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Students must develop and submit a program plan that reflects an original inclusive recreation program that is at least two hours in length. Evaluation of the program plan occurs through a designated rubric that draws from specific required assignment components.
  • Result:
    In 2018, 80% of students scored at or above 73% on the assignment. The overall mean grade for the assignment was an 85%
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 will be able to identify a variety of resources involved in managing recreation facilities that can assist a facility in becoming more financially and environmentally sustainable.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    To meet the following learning outcome, students carry out a basic energy audit that evaluates energy consumption. Reviews of this type have become an important evaluative tool for recreational organizations that are looking to reduce their energy consumption and achieve a certain level of cost-savings. Students efforts involve obtaining building demographic information, collecting energy usage data for a two-week period, calculating utility cost for current light sources and energy efficient alternatives, and a payback period for proposed changes.
  • Result:
    In 2018, 78% of students scored at or above 73% on the assignment. The overall mean grade for the assignment was a 79%.

Housed within the Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy, the Recreation Studies Program provides students with the opportunity to pursue careers in a variety of areas within the recreation and leisure service field. In addition to the Professional Program (core) curriculum, students select from two areas of concentration: Outdoor Recreation and Education and Recreation Management.

Housed within the Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy, the Recreation Studies Program provides students with the opportunity to pursue careers in a variety of areas within the recreation and leisure service field. In addition to the Professional Program (core) curriculum, students select from two areas of concentration: Outdoor Recreation and Education and Recreation Management.

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.