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

Upon completion of the Bachelor's degree program in SMT, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the foundations of the field of sport management, including the historical, sociological, and psychological underpinnings of the discipline.
  2. Incorporate an understanding of the foundations of sport management into their decision-making and problem-solving, including essential sport management concepts, sport governance and policy, and how these elements may vary according to the sport setting.
  3. Employ the essential functions of sport managers, including being able to operate sport facilities and events, develop sport marketing and promotional campaigns, communicate with internal and external stakeholders, and be able to practice effective budgeting and financial management practices in sport settings.
  4. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the sport management environment, including the ability to explain legal concepts relevant to the sport industry, analyze situations through an ethical lens, understand the benefits of diversity and inclusion for sport organizations, and be able to assess and implement continually advancing technologies in sport settings. 
  5. Effectively integrate concepts derived from sport management coursework in culminating learning experiences through which students will demonstrate skills applicable to a variety of sport industry segments via professional internships with local, regional, and national sport organizations. 
  6. Students will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills commensurate with professional practice.
     

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.