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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 RSM department 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 to 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 7.0l (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 level: Eighty percent of the students will attain 80% mastery on the Board Meeting analysis (written assignment) and provide support for their decision.

Results: Fall 2012: 24% of the students (8 of 34) earned less than 80% mastery on the written assignment observing a leadership role at a recreation services board meeting. Standard not met.

Fall 2013: 14% of the students (5 of 36) earned less than 80% mastery on the written assignment observing leadership at a recreation board meeting. Standard 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 and 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 level: Eighty percent of the students will attain 80% mastery 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 in RECR 260.

Results: Spring 2012: 70% of the students attained a grade of 80 or more. 30% of the students (13 of 44) earned less than a grade of 80. Standard not met.

Spring 2013: 82% of the students attained a grade of 80 or more. 18% of the students (7 of 39) earned less than a grade of 80. Standard met.

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.

Performance level: Eighty percent of students will attain the 70% mastery level of performance on a comprehensive written final exam for RECR 351:Recreation Services Management.

Results: Fall 2012: A comprehensive final exam was administered to 32 students in RECR 351. Thirty of the students (93%) attained the performance level. Standard met.

Fall 2013: A comprehensive final exam was administered to 35 students in RECR 351. Thirty-two of the students (91%) attained the performance level.

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 level: 80% of the students completing RECR 486 will attain at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on their final evaluation by the internship supervisor.

Results: Spring 2014 twelve students (n = 12) earned an average evaluation score of 3.48 on a 4.0 scale. All the students (100%) exceeded the performance level. Standard met.