Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate Programs

B.S., Recreation and Leisure Studies

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.

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.

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.  

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 levels in park, recreation, tourism, or related organizations.

Students will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills commensurate with professional practice.

Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills, enabling students to comprehend and effectively analyze issues, make decisions, and form sound and well-based judgments.

 

B.S., Therapeutic Recreation

Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the nature and scope of the therapeutic recreation profession and its associated service delivery systems; demonstrate knowledge of techniques and processes used by professionals and workers in the industry; and, knowledge of the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy.

Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate the ability to assess, plan, implement, document, and evaluate therapeutic recreation services that facilitate targeted outcomes, and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.

Students graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate entry-level knowledge about management/administration of therapeutic recreation services.

Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate the sustained ability to apply the therapeutic recreation process, use diverse, structured ways of thinking to solve problems related to different facets of professional practice, engage in advocacy, and stimulate innovation.

 

B.S., Sport Management

At the completion of the bachelor's degree program in Sport Management, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the scope of the sport industry, along with professional practices of working in the sport management profession.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical and philosophical foundations of the sport management profession.

  • Incorporate an understanding of ethical, legal, and sociocultural issues in managerial decision making and policy determinations that are common in sport entities.

  • Demonstrate the ability to design, evaluate, and/or facilitate creative sport and related professional experiences for diverse clientele, settings, cultures, and contexts that reflect application of knowledge from sport management professional practice and academic principles.

  • Explain the importance of budgeting and financial management to sport-related organizations and be able to evaluate micro and macro - economic principles as they relate to the sport industry.

  • Explain legal concepts relevant to the sport industry and evaluate situations in sport settings that may have legal implications for sport organizations, entities, or participants.

  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate sport facilities & amenities, sport service and experience offerings, and to effectively collaborate with others to improve the quality of these offerings.

  • Communicate effectively and professionally via presentation and public speaking opportunities, and in writing to internal and external audiences.

  • Explain and apply principles of mass media, communication, promotion, and public relations particularly as they relate to sport management.

  • Communicate effectively and professionally in writing to internal and external audiences.

  • Employ critical thinking techniques to propose solutions, both individually and in groups, to a wide-range of problems representing those commonly experienced in various segments of the sport industry.

  • Effectively demonstrate skills applicable to a variety of sport industry segments (professional, intercollegiate, interscholastic, community/non-profit, etc.) through culminating internship experiences in the field.

Graduate Core Learning Outcomes

  •  Students will demonstrate knowledge of, a) the nature & scope of the recreation professional, b) techniques and processes used by professional workers in these industries and, c) the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy. 
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of operations and strategic management/administration in recreational services.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of and ability to, a) apply research and evaluation methods and practices and, b) utilize the results of research and evaluation to improve practice/services. 
  • Students will demonstrate through a practicum experience the potential to succeed as professionals at an administrative or supervisory level in recreational services. 
  • 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. 

M.S., Sport and Entertainment Management

At the completion of the graduate program in Sport and Entertainment Management, students will have demonstrated competence to: 

  • Acquire a mastery of skill development and an understanding of theoretical concepts in specific sport and entertainment management functions, such as communication, finance, law, ethics, facility and event management, marketing, and global issues that are related to these areas. 
  • Understand and apply the principles of resource management in sport and entertainment industries. 
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of a global society, and the influence of that diversity on planning, organizing, and implementing decisions in the sport and entertainment industry. 
  • Become familiar with the technology and skills that are necessary for effective research, communication, and management in today’s sport and entertainment industries. 
  • Understand the role of law, legal processes, and protocols in resolving real or “realistic” scenarios. 
  • Demonstrate the acquisition of marketing and promotional strategies for successful sport and entertainment businesses and venues. 
  • Utilize the understanding of ethical and moral standards in the business decision-making process and personal judgments. 
  • Experience the responsibility of developing a major project, research endeavor, or business plan. 
  • Attain high-level professional supervisory experiences through a professional experience. 
  • Acquire the tools necessary for lifelong learning. 

In addition, standards have been developed that address expected outcomes specific to therapeutic recreation and recreation administration:

M.S., Recreation and Leisure Studies

Recreation Administration

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of planning and development of recreational services. 
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of legal issues related to risk, safety, and security in recreational services.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of recreational facility design and management.

Therapeutic Recreation

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to assess, plan, implement, document, and evaluate individualized therapeutic recreation services that facilitate targeted outcomes.  
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to assess the needs of groups of individuals, conceptualize, develop, and implement comprehensive therapeutic recreation programs and evaluate program effectiveness. 
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge and practice of various interventions and facilitation techniques used in the delivery of therapeutic recreation services. 
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of various management, marketing, and accounting principles and practices associated with the delivery of therapeutic recreation services. 
  • Students shall demonstrate through a culminating experience, the sustained ability to apply the therapeutic recreation process, use diverse, structured ways of thinking to solve problems related to different facets of professional practice, engage in advocacy, and stimulate innovation.