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The Recreation Administration Program at North Carolina Central University is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).

As an accredited program, all program goals, course goals, and student learning outcomes meet the rigorous standards established by COAPRT.

COAPRT accredits baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies within the United States and its territories, Canada, and Mexico. COAPRT is the only accreditation of recreation, park resources, and leisure services curricula recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

COAPRT recognizes academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter parks, recreation, tourism, and related professions.  COAPRT accreditation is a status granted to an academic program that meets or exceeds the stated criteria of educational quality. 

North Carolina Central University  
Recreation Administration Program
Contact Name: Dr. Robert Stiefvater, Jr., Professor/Program Coordinator 
PO Box 19542
Durham, NC 27707-0021 
Phone: (919) 530-6186
Fax: (919) 530-6156 
Contact Email: stiefvater@nccu.edu
School Website: http://www.nccu.edu/per
First Accredited: 10/01/1998
Next Review: Congress 2022
Options: None
Status: Accredited 

Program Description

North Carolina Central University is the nation’s first public historically black college/university (HBCU). The Department of Physical Education and Recreation’s Bachelor of Science Program in Recreation Administration, established in 1949, offers a scientifically based, service-learning-enhanced curriculum for students who want to work with people, enjoy activity, and gain satisfaction in enhancing the quality of life of others. The curricular emphasis is on the professional preparation of students for careers in a wide variety of recreational settings, such as high schools and colleges; professional, athletic, and recreational sport agencies and arenas; hospitals; nursing homes; rehabilitation centers; recreation, city, state, and national parks; commercial, nonprofit, campus, employee, and military agencies; health clubs and fitness centers; and clinical and nonclinical sites. All are among the many agencies that require highly trained personnel. The Recreation Administration Program serves over 140 undergraduates, and student majors can choose one of three concentration options:

  • Parks and Recreation Management
  • Recreational Sport Management (which includes either a Business or Sport Coaching minor)
  • Recreational Therapy 

Competencies

The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) has established a series of standards designed to elicit evidence of student learning in the program’s foundational curriculum. The foundational curricula in parks, recreation, tourism, and related professions include study in three areas:

  • Foundations include the background, nature, and scope of the profession, including its history, philosophy, and social and behavioral science underpinnings.
  • Provision of services and experience opportunities for guests, visitors, participants, clients, or other constituent groups. The provision of service and experience opportunities includes, but is not limited to, recreation programming and leadership, heritage and environmental interpretation, site design and management, experience design, and related processes.
  • Management/administration. This dimension refers to both operations management/administration and strategic management/administration. Operations management/administration includes planning, organizing, staffing, directing, leading, controlling, reporting, finance, resource acquisition, marketing, and critical thinking. Strategic management/administration refers to processes that managers in parks, recreation, tourism, and related professions use to optimize the success of the organization within the external systems in which their organization operates. Strategic management/administration involves creating, maintaining, and deploying plans of action that address changing circumstances in social, economic, environmental, or financial environments; new technology; and new competitors. 

COAPRT Standard 2.05:05 requires the reporting of aggregated results of learning outcome assessments. Each year, the Recreation Administration Program reports accreditation information based on their success.

Results for the Recent Academic Year (AY 201718):

  • Graduation Rates of Full-Time, First-Time Students Who Graduated in Recreation Administration Six-Year Graduation Rate: 100%

COAPRT Standard 7.01b
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 1 from Standard 7.01b: Students shall be able to demonstrate techniques and processes to facilitate group activities.
  • Outcome 1 Assessment Method: Students in the Recreation Administration Program complete a Leadership Activity Class Project. Our target was that 70% of students would achieve 70% or higher on the assignment as assessed by a rubric.
  • Outcome 1 Measure Type: Direct
  • Outcome 1 Result: 94.1% of student majors achieved 70% or higher on the Leadership Activity Class Project assignment as assessed by a rubric. (N=64, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018 students).

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 2 from Standard 7.02: Students shall demonstrate the ability to assess recreational needs and to use needs assessment data to improve the quality of offerings.
  • Outcome 2 Assessment Method: Students graduating from the Recreation Administration Program complete a comprehensive “Graduating Senior Survey” (GSS) upon graduating from the program.  Our target was for 80% of graduating student majors would agree or strongly agree to the statement on the RAP Graduating Senior Survey: “I have the ability to facilitate programs (i.e., implement or stage programs).”
  • Outcome 2 Measure Type: Indirect 
  • Outcome 2 Result: 97% of graduating student majors* agreed or strongly agreed to the statement on the RAP Graduating Senior Survey: “I have the ability to facilitate programs (i.e., implement or stage programs).”

 * Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018 (N=34).

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 3 from Standard 7.03: Students graduating from the Recreation Administration Program shall be able to describe basic human resources management concepts, principles, and procedures.
  • Outcome 3 Assessment Method: The Agency Supervisor Final Evaluation Survey of NCCU Recreation Administration Program Student Intern was the method used to assess this standard. Each agency supervisor evaluates the student intern on items covering professional development and preparation. The evaluation item related to understanding appropriate management and administration concepts was analyzed. Our target was that interns would receive a rating of 80% or better from the site supervisor’s evaluation of their competence in operation, maintenance, and management of recreational facilities.
  • Outcome 3 Measure Type: Direct
  • Outcome 3 Result: 90.5% of Fall 2017 and Spring/Summer 2018 Internship Site Supervisors (N=21) responded 'strongly agree' or 'agree' to the statement: “ability to describe basic human resources management concepts, principles, and procedures” when asked to assess the student intern’s ability to perform fundamental, entry level, managerial competencies in an Agency Supervisor’s Final Evaluation of the intern student. 

Results for the Recent Academic Year (AY 201617)

  • Graduation Rates of Full-Time, First-Time Students Who Graduated in Recreation Administration Six-Year Graduation Rate: 100%

COAPRT Standard 7.01b
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 1 from Standard 7.01b: Students shall be able to describe recreation management techniques and processes.
  • Outcome 1 Assessment Method: Students graduating from the Recreation Administration Program complete a comprehensive “Graduating Senior Survey” (GSS) upon graduating from the program.  Our target was for 80% of graduating student majors would agree or strongly agree to the statement on the RAP Graduating Senior Survey: “I am able to describe various management techniques appropriate to recreation services.
  • Outcome 1 Measure Type: Indirect  
  • Outcome 1 Result: 94.45% of graduating student majors agreed or strongly agreed to the statement on the RAP Graduating Senior Survey: “I am able to describe various management techniques appropriate to recreation services.” (N=36, 2017 Graduates).

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 2 from Standard 7.02: Students shall demonstrate the ability to assess recreational needs and to use needs assessment data to improve the quality of offerings.
  • Outcome 2 Assessment Method: Students complete a Recreation Needs Assessment project in which they, using a prescribed format, interview individuals assessing their recreational needs and barriers. As part of the interview, participants complete a background information survey that includes a recreation assessment which is developed by the student. Students develop interview questions for the participant and the interviews are transcribed. A final Needs Assessment Report summarizes the findings and makes suggestions. The survey, the transcripts, and the final report are assessed by a rubric. Our target is 70% of students will achieve 75% or higher on the assignment as assessed by a rubric.
  • Outcome 2 Measure Type: Direct 
  • Outcome 2 Result: 66% of students received a 75% or better (N=38).

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 3 from Standard 7.03: Students graduating from the Recreation Administration Program shall be able to describe basic marketing and public relations concepts, principles, and procedures of recreational facilities.
  • Outcome 3 Assessment Method: The Agency Supervisor Final Evaluation Survey of NCCU Recreation Administration Program Student Intern was the method used to assess this standard. Each agency supervisor evaluates the student intern on items covering professional development and preparation. The evaluation item related to understanding appropriate management and administration concepts was analyzed. Our target was that interns would receive a rating of 80% or better from the site supervisor’s evaluation of their competence in operation, maintenance, and management of recreational facilities.
  • Outcome 3 Measure Type: Direct
  • Outcome 3 Result: 93% of Summer/Fall 2016 and Spring/Summer 2017 Internship Site Supervisors (N=43) responded 'strongly agree' or 'agree' to the statement: “ability to describe basic marketing and public relations concepts, principles, and procedures of recreational facilities” when asked to assess the student intern’s ability to perform fundamental, entry level, managerial competencies in an Agency Supervisor’s Final Evaluation of the intern student. 

Results for the Academic Year (AY 201516) 

  • Graduation Rates of Full-Time, First-Time Students Who Graduated in Recreation Administration Six-Year Graduation Rate: 100%

COAPRT Standard 7.01a
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 1 from Standard 7.01a: Students shall demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the nature and scope of recreation and leisure services.
  • Outcome 1 Assessment Method: Students enrolled in RECR2300, Practicum in Recreation are required to complete 100 contact hours at a Recreation agency. At the conclusion of the practicum students detail the experience in a written report. Two areas of the student reports (Agency Description and Professional Experiences) provide the data for assessment, which is measured by a rubric. The requirements for each area are:
    1. Agency Description - Philosophy, goals, and objectives of the overall system and units involved, the organizational structure, programs and services, areas and facilities, and general administrative policies and procedures (attach a copy of the organizational chart showing lines of authority, a policies and procedures manual, etc.).
    2. Professional Experiences - Discuss the nature and scope of the Practicum experience; the program areas (e.g., arts and crafts, athletics, dance, drama, music), the settings (e.g., playgrounds, camps, parks, hospitals); and any special facilities (and special functions or populations served). Discuss how these variables related to your learning goals.
  • Our target is 70% of students will achieve 70% or higher on the assignment as assessed by a rubric.
  • Outcome 1 Measure Type: Direct  
  • Outcome 1 Result: 100% of students achieved a 70% or better (N=19, Fall 2015, N=13, Spring 2016).

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 2 from Standard 7.02: Students shall demonstrate the ability to assess recreational needs and to use needs assessment data to improve the quality of offerings.
  • Outcome 2 Assessment Method: Students complete a Recreation Needs Assessment project in which they, using a prescribed format, interview individuals assessing their recreational needs and barriers. As part of the interview, participants complete a background information survey that includes a recreation assessment which is developed by the student. Students develop interview questions for the participant and the interviews are transcribed. A final Needs Assessment Report summarizes the findings and makes suggestions. The survey, the transcripts, and the final report are assessed by a rubric. Our target is 70% of students will achieve 75% or higher on the assignment as assessed by a rubric.
  • Outcome 2 Measure Type: Direct 
  • Outcome 2 Result: 78% of students received a 75% or better (N=18).

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 3 from Standard 7.03: Students graduating from the Recreation Administration Program shall be able to describe the basic operation, maintenance, and management of recreational facilities.
  • Outcome 3 Assessment Method: The Agency Supervisor Final Evaluation Survey of NCCU Recreation Administration Program Student Intern was the method used to assess this standard. Each agency supervisor evaluates the student intern on items covering professional development and preparation. The evaluation item related to understanding appropriate management and administration concepts was analyzed. Our target was that interns would receive a rating of 80% or better from the site supervisor’s evaluation of their competence in operation, maintenance, and management of recreational facilities.
  • Outcome 3 Measure Type: Direct
  • Outcome 3 Result: 94.4% of Summer 2016 Internship Site Supervisors (N=18) responded 'strongly agree' or 'agree' to the statement: “ability to describe the basic operation, maintenance, and management of recreational facilities.” when asked to assess the student intern’s ability to perform fundamental, entry level, managerial competencies in an Agency Supervisor’s Final Evaluation of the intern student. 

Results for the Recent Academic Year (AY 201415):

  • Graduation Rates of Full-Time, First-Time Students Who Graduated in Recreation Administration Six-Year Graduation Rate: 100%

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 1 from Standard 7.01: Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for and integrate nature-based activities into their professional recreation programming and be familiar with the theoretical foundations that support that integration.
  • Outcome 1 Assessment Method: Students completed an Outdoor Recreation Program Project in which they were to demonstrate their ability to:
    • Analyze factors within a community to provide appropriate outdoor recreation programming.
    • Communicate an understanding of outdoor principles and the theoretical foundations that drive outdoor recreation programming.
    • Apply content knowledge in the development of outdoor recreation programming using evidence presented throughout the semester.
    • Reason logically and critically to evaluate information.
    • Illustrate the relevance of outdoor recreation to participant’s lives by demonstrating a competency in the range of options available based on local natural resources.
  • A rubric was used to assess student learning outcomes. Our target is 70% of students will achieve 70% or higher on the assignment as assessed by the rubric.
  • Outcome 1 Measure Type: Direct  
  • Outcome 1 Result: For the Spring 2015 semester (N=24), 88.2% of students achieved a score of 70% or better. The Fall 2015 semester (N=20), 94.1% of students achieved a score of 70% or better.

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 2 from Standard 7.02: Students graduating from the Recreation Administration Program shall demonstrate the ability to design recreation and related experiences for diverse clientele, settings, cultures, and contexts.
  • Outcome 2 Assessment Method: Students programmed recreational activities for the Durham Parks and Recreation/Durham City Schools Intersession Program hosted by the employer, DPR.  The center serves and provides programs for children and adults within the community of Durham. Students were divided into groups. Each group programmed recreational activities for a specific population/activity. After having analyzed the agency culture, each student analyzed a needs assessment of the population. Each student then created goals for, the planning, staging/operating, and evaluating that program. Each group created and submitted a major course project. The final project consisted of two sections, the Program Plan and the Evaluation Plan.  A rubric was used to assess student learning outcomes. Our target was that 70% of students would achieve a rating of 80% or better on the assignment as assessed by a rubric. 
  • Outcome 2 Measure Type: Direct 
  • Outcome 2 Result: For the Spring 2015 semester (N=28), 89.3% of students received an 80% or better. The Fall 2015 semester (N=11), 100% of students received an 80% or better.

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 3 from Standard 7.03: Students graduating from the Recreation Administration Program shall be able to apply entry-level concepts, principles and procedures of management and administration in leisure service agencies.
  • Outcome 3 Assessment Method: The Agency Supervisor Final Evaluation Survey of NCCU Recreation Administration Program Student Intern was the method used to assess this standard. Each agency supervisor evaluates the student intern on items covering professional development and preparation. The evaluation item related to understanding appropriate management and administration concepts was analyzed. Our target was that interns would receive a rating of 80% or better from the site supervisor’s evaluation of their management and administrative competence.
  • Outcome 3 Measure Type: Direct
  • Outcome 3 Result: 100% of Summer 2015 Internship Site Supervisors (N=15) responded 'strongly agree' or 'agree' to the statement: “understanding of management and administration” when asked to assess the student intern’s ability to perform fundamental, entry level, managerial competencies in an Agency Supervisor’s Final Evaluation of the intern student. 

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