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Recreation and Park Administration

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Recreation and Park Administration

The Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition and Recreation at Southeast Missouri State University has been preparing Recreation and Leisure professionals since 1988. The Recreation and Park Administration 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 and Park Administration 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.

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Assessment Data for Public

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.

RC 140

Student Outcome

  • Identify the types, purpose and functions of the various leisure delivery
  • Articulate a leisure philosophy based on the philosophical foundations of the profession
  • Identify the foundation of the profession

Direct assessment- Test/Project Rubric

87 % scored 80 or above on assessment items

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

Student Outcome

  • Develop goals and objectives of recreation programs
  • Utilize program planning/design processes
  • Understand the procedures and techniques for assessment of recreation programs

RC 385

Student outcome

  • Develop a facility design and operation plan for a new facility.

Direct Assessment-Project/Application assignments with grading rubric

88% scored above 80

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.

RC 420

  • Create policies and procedures appropriate to various recreation and leisure settings.
  • Apply techniques and strategies for human resource management, agency marketing, and budget administration.
  • Apply principles of risk management.

Direct Assessment-Final Project with grading rubric


Parker Hall 216

Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation
One University Plaza, MS 7650
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

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