Southeast Missouri State University

The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation at Southeast Missouri State University has been preparing Recreation and Leisure professionals since 1988. The Recreation program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) accredits baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies offered at regionally accredited institutions within the United States and its territories, and at nationally accredited institutions in Canada, and Mexico.

Recreation students can choose from a wide variety of career paths including programming and administration of recreational services for city parks and recreation departments, non-profit organizations like YMCAs and Boy's and Girl's Clubs, branches of the military, and for people with disabilities and other special needs. View more possible career options available for the future recreation professional.

Additional Program Information (Southeast's 'Areas of Study' Listing)
89% of Students that started the Recreation program since 2007 have graduated

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Assessment Data for Public

COAPRT Learning Outcomes Course Specific Learning Outcomes Assessment Results
7.01.03
Spring 2013
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;
  3. the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy
RC 140 for COAPRT (a) and (c)
  1. Identify the types, purpose and functions of the various leisure delivery systems.
  2. Articulate a leisure philosophy based on the philosophical foundations of the profession
  3. Identify the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy.
Learning outcome data for RC 140
1-100% scored above 80%
2-100% scored above 80%
3-100% scored above 80%
RC 220 for COAPRT (b):
  1. Apply effective leadership techniques in conducting appropriate activities for diverse age groups and diverse demographic populations.
  2. Implement safety and risk management functions to protect participants and facilitators.
  3. Demonstrate techniques for managing conflict and motivating participants.
Learning outcome data for RC 220
1-100% scored above 80%
2-100% scored above 80%
3-100% scored above 80%

Indirect measure –internship supervisor’s final report
COAPRT Learning Outcomes Course Specific Learning Outcomes Assessment Results
7.02.03
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.
RC 380
  1. Develop goals and objectives of recreation programs
  2. Utilize program planning/design processes
  3. Understand the procedures and techniques for assessment of recreation programs
Result from course learning outcome for RC 380 in 2013:
1-100% scored above 80%
2-100% scored above 80%
3-83% scored above 80%
RC 385
  1. Develop a facility design and operation plan for a new recreational facility
  2. Identify risks of a recreational facility and recommend approaches to deal with the identified risks
  3. Identify regulatory agencies and standards affecting the functional design and management of recreational facilities
Results for RC 385 learning outcomes:
1-100% scored above 80%
2-81% scored above 80%
3-81% scored about 80%
COAPRT Learning Outcomes Course Specific Learning Outcomes Assessment Results
7.03.03
7.03
Students graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate entry-level knowledge about management/administration in parks, recreation, tourism and/or related professions.
RC 420
  1. Create policies and procedures appropriate to various recreation and leisure settings.
  2. Apply techniques and strategies for human resource management, agency marketing, and budget administration.
  3. Apply principles of risk management and safety relating to the provision of leisure services.
Learning outcome data
1-100% scored above 80%
2-100% scored above 80%
3-100% scored above 80%
COAPRT Learning Outcomes Course Specific Learning Outcomes Assessment Results
7.04.03
7.04
Students graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate entry-level knowledge about management/administration in parks, recreation, tourism and/or related professions.
Graduates will successfully complete an intensive internship of no less than 480 hours 100% of students scored about 90%
See Internship Report

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