Our students at California University of Pennsylvania graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Parks and Recreation Management. The primary philosophy and goals of the Park and Recreation Management program is to improve the quality of life for our citizens and our communities. We are devoted to improving the health and wellness of our constituents through the provision and promotion of an active and healthy leisure lifestyle. Also, we are dedicated to the effective preservation, conservation, stewardship, management and use of our parks and protected areas while continuing to connect children to nature and improve our environment. Finally, our program is committed to enhancing social equity and promoting equal access to parks, recreation and leisure opportunities for all.

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 demonstrate entry-level knowledge in the nature and scope of the park, recreation, tourism, and hospitality professions and the historic, scientific, and philosophical foundations of the profession based on the evaluation of key class assignments.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    Course-specific assignments, activities and test/quiz items were used to assess compliance with the learning outcomes. REC 165: In-class discussion on crowding in national parks REC 361: Diversity issues in Parks and Recreation Assignment REC 362: Park/Recreation Facility Design Evaluation REC 412: Program Benefits of Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival REC 378: Selected exam questions in Recreation Management & Leadership
  • Result:
    REC 165: In-class discussion on crowding in national parks: 90% of students who were present for the class discussion performed the required task at a satisfactory level or better. REC 361: Diversity issues in Parks and Recreation Assignment: 90% of students earned an 80% or higher on this assignment. REC 362: Park/Recreation Facility Design Evaluation: 90% of students earned an 80% or higher on this assignment. REC 374: Program Benefits of Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival: 90% of students earned an 80% or higher on this assignment. REC 378: Unmet. For the spring 2019 semester (7 items, Avg grade = 77%) students performed slightly below our expectations. The students appear to have struggled with some of the material, specifically with the matching questions on the test.
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 demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    REC 165: Gender Equality In-Class Activity REC 361: Diversity Interview Assignment REC 362: Playground Assignment REC 412: Needs Identification & Assessment for the Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival
  • Result:
    REC 165: Gender Equality In-Class Activity: 80% of students who were present for the class discussion performed the required task at a satisfactory level or better. REC 361: Diversity Interview Assignment: 74% of students earned an 80% or higher on this assignment. REC 362: Playground Assignment: 90% of students earned an 80% or higher on this assignment. REC 412: Needs Identification & Assessment for the Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival: 80% of students earned an 80% or higher on this assignment.
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 demonstrate entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management and administration in parks, recreation, tourism and/or related professions.
  • Measure Type:
    Direct
  • Assessment Method:
    REC 165: Recreation Agency In-Class Activity REC 361: Ability Awareness Experience Project REC 362: 9-Hole Disc Golf Course Design Project REC 412: Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival Program Planning, Delivery & Evaluation Report GEO 474: Students must complete a master plan project in GEO 474 that meets the standard of 7.03. The Master Plan Project is a significant undertaking in GEO 474. REC 378: three assignments based on 1) Mission, Goals & Objectives, 2) Budget assignment, 3) Policy Manual Assignment
  • Result:
    REC 165: Recreation Agency In-Class Activity: 60% of students who were present for the class discussion performed the required task at a satisfactory level or better. REC 361: Ability Awareness Experience Assignment: 80% of students earned an 80% or higher on this assignment. REC 362: 9-Hole Disc Golf Course Design Project: 100% of students earned an 80% or higher on this assignment. REC 412: Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival Program Planning, Delivery & Evaluation Report: 60% of students earned an 80% or higher on this assignment. GEO 474: (Met) For the Master Plan Project during the fall 2019 semester, 94% of students achieved a “B” or higher on the Master Plan Project. REC 378: The three assignments based on 1) Mission, Goals & Objectives, 2) Budget assignment, 3) Policy Manual assignment used for learning outcome 7.03 that students must complete are wide-ranging topic assignments that every Parks and Recreation major takes when they enroll in REC 378. These assignments absolutely aid students in understanding operation and management issues in the workplace and better prepare them to deal with complicated situations. During the spring 2019 semester, a total of 95% of the students received a “B” or higher for the Mission, Goals, and Objectives assignment; Met. For the Budget assignment, 90% of the students received a “B” or higher on this assignment; Met. Lastly, for the Policy Manual assignment; Met, 95% of the students received a “B” or higher.

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.