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The Council on the Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT), a unit of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), grants accreditation to academic programs that meet their criteria. Currently, the Recreation Services Management program is one of 80 programs in the U.S. that meet their standards. COAPRT's student learning outcomes (SLOs) standards 7.01 - 7.04 and our department's compliance with these standards are listed below.

Standard 7.01

Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate the following entry-level knowledge:

  1. the nature and scope of the relevant park, recreation, tourism or related professions and their associated industries;
  2. techniques and processes used by professionals and workers in these industries; and
  3. the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy.

7.01 (b)

Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate the entry-level knowledge: techniques and processes used by professionals and workers in these industries.

Course addressing Standard 7.01 (b): RECR 151: Recreation Leadership

SLO for RECR 151: Students will be able to determine the most effective leadership style for a given situation and provide support for their decision.

Performance measure: written assignment - observe leadership styles at a board meeting

Performance level: 80% of the students will attain 80% or higher on the Board Meeting analysis (written assignment) and provide support for their decision.

Results: Fall 2012: 76% of the students earned 80% or higher on the written assignment. Performance level not met.

Fall 2013: 86% of the students earned 80% or higher on the written assignment. Performance level met.

Fall 2014: 99% of the students earned 80% or higher on the written assignment. Performance level met.

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 that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.

Course addressing Standard 7.02: RECR 260: Recreation Services for Persons with Disabilities

SLO for RECR 260: Students will be able to identify specific behaviors by recreation service providers that stigmatize and de-value persons with disabilities.

Performance Measure: Written assignment - provide examples of stigma in popular movies.

Performance level: 80% of the students will attain 80% or higher on the Movie Analysis (written assignment) by providing examples of stigma in the social context as it relates to full participation in recreational experiences by persons with disabilities.

Results: Spring 2012: 70% of the students attained 80% or higher. Performance level not met.

Spring 2013: 82% of the students attained 80% or higher. Performance level met.

Spring 2014: Data not available - instructor retired

Standard 7.03

Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management/administration in parks, recreation, tourism or related professions.

Course addressing standard 7.03: RECR 351: Recreation Services Management.

Performance Measures: Written examination - comprehensive final exam.

Performance level: 80% of students will attain the 70% or higher on a comprehensive written final exam.

Results: Fall 2012: 93% of the students attained 70% or higher. Performance level met.

Fall 2013: 91% of the students attained 70% or higher. Performance level met.

Fall 2014: 86% of the students attained 70% or higher. Performance level met.

Standard 7.04

Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate, through a comprehensive internship of not less than 400 clock hours and no fewer than 10 weeks, the potential to succeed as professionals at supervisory or higher in park, recreation, tourism or related organizations.

Course addressing Standard 7.04.1: RECR 486: Internship

Performance measures: Observation rating scale - agency supervisor's observations of intern.

Performance level: 80% of the students will attain at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Results: Spring 2014: 100% attained at least 3.0 on the observation scale. Performance level met.