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RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES PROGRAM

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Recreation and Leisure Services Program is to give each student the education, training, and practice necessary to attain a meaningful career and make a significant contribution to our culturally diverse society.  The Recreation and Leisure Services Program will achieve its mission by:

  • Maintaining and encouraging close relationships between students and public, private, voluntary and commercial recreation agencies through an intensive fieldwork and internship requirement
  • Evaluating curriculum with alumni, practitioners, current students, and certification bodies on a regular basis, utilizing a variety of methods
  • Providing an excellent student-centered learning environment with professionally accomplished faculty strongly committed teaching current leisure trends and issues through traditional and innovative methods
PHILOSOPHY

To provide an excellent professional program grounded in a solid liberal arts foundation. We are interested in graduating students who can communicate in oral and written form, use technology effectively, and who have a working knowledge of the research process. Moreover, in our program, students' skills are refined in the areas of critical thinking, interpersonal relationships, teamwork, and leadership. We believe all of these elements are necessary tools for the modern day workforce.

Our commitment to providing an excellent education in the area of recreation and leisure services is accomplished via a blend of teaching and learning approaches. Many of the courses offered in our curriculum utilize an element of service or experiential learning, followed by a reflective process. From classroom exercises and projects, to site visits and experiences in the field, we strive to offer an outstanding educational experience.

The RCLS faculty role model professionalism, passion, and commitment in the classroom and we strive to incorporate wellness, balance, and a recreation lifestyle into our personal lives. We believe our professional and personal lives require congruence in order to be effective educators.

ACCREDITATION

Eastern Washington University's Recreation and Leisure Services 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) recognizes academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter the parks, recreation, tourism and related professions.  Accreditation is a status granted to an academic program that meets or exceeds stated criteria of educational quality. In the United States, accreditation of professional preparation curricula is conferred by non-governmental bodies, which are often closely associated with professional associations in the field. COAPRT accredits baccalaureate degree programs in this profession.

Nationally Accredited Since 1986

2012-2013 COAPRT OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT SUMMARY

The COAPRT Accreditation consists of four (4) academic standards:  7.01, 7.02, 7. 03, 7.04.  The following is a description of the standard and lists the courses that have content meeting that standard:

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.

RCLS 201: Recreation and Leisure in Modern Society (3)
RCLS 240: Overview of Therapeutic Recreation Services (4)
RCLS 313: Wildland Recreation Management (3)
RCLS 385: Programming in Recreation and Leisure Services (3)
RCLS 425: Evaluation, Research and Statistics in Recreation and Leisure Services (4)
RCLS 435: Employment Processes in Recreation and Leisure Services (2)
RCLS 455: Resort and Commercial Recreation Management (3)
RCLS 480: Budgeting in Recreation and Leisure Services (4)
RCLS 490: Senior Capstone in Recreation (4)

Pie Chart      Standard 7.01 Pass Rate:  88% PASS - 12% FAIL

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.

RCLS 220: Leadership in Recreation and Leisure Services (3)
RCLS 240: Overview of Therapeutic Recreation Services (4)
RCLS 325: Outdoor Adventure Programming (3)
RCLS 385: Programming in Recreation and Leisure Services (3)
RCLS 425: Evaluation, Research and Statistics in Recreation and Leisure Services(4)
RCLS 455: Resort and Commercial Recreation Management (3)
RCLS 470: Administration, Organization and Supervision in Recreation and Leisure Services (4)

Pie Chart     Standard 7.02 Pass Rate:  95% PASS - 5% FAIL

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.

RCLS 240: Overview of Therapeutic Recreation Services (4)
RCLS 313: Wildland Recreation Management (3)
RCLS 325: Outdoor Adventure Programming (3)
RCLS 360: Facility Planning and Environmental Design (3)
RCLS 400: Legal Foundations in Recreation and Leisure Services (4)
RCLS 455: Resort and Commercial Recreation Management (3)
RCLS 470: Administration, Organization and Supervision in Recreation and Leisure Services (4)
RCLS 480: Budgeting in Recreation and Leisure Services (4)

Pie Chart      Standard 7.03 Pass Rate:  94% PASS - 6% FAIL

Standard 7.04:   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.

RCLS 493: Therapeutic Recreation Professional Internship (12)
RCLS 494: Outdoor Recreation Professional Internship (12)
RCLS 495: Recreation Management Professional Internship  (12)
RCLS 435: Employment Processes in Recreation and Leisure Services (2)

Average Student Internship Score  (as issued by the Internship Supervisor)

Recreation Management and Outdoor Recreation:  36 Internship Students - 4.52 Average Score on a 5 point scale.  Competencies measured:  Knowledge of Position, Productivity, Quality of Work, Communication, Relationship with Agency Staff, Relationship with Participants, Writing Ability and Expression, Responsibility, Independent Functioning, Attendance and Punctuality, Attitude, Judgment, and Overall Performance.

Therapeutic Recreation:  9 Internship Students - 4.40 Average Score on a 5 point scale.  Competencies measured:  Assessment, Treatment Planning, Plan Implementation, Evaluation, Discharge Planning, Recreation Services, Ethical Conduct, Management, and Personal and Professional Development.

Important Information Regarding Degree Mills:  The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and accrediting organizations are concerned the degree mills demean the value of learning and the importance of educational standards by treating degrees only as a commodity to be bought and sold.  Please view additional information from CHEA about Degree Mills http://www.chea.org/degreemills/

COAPRT is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Association (CHEA).

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ATHLETIC TRAINING PROGRAM

MISSION STATEMENT

The program staff of the Athletic Training Program at Eastern Washington University strives to provide an individualized learning environment in which each student can enhance his/her talents, training, and practical experience through didactic and clinical education in the areas of prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.  This program allows students to incorporate contemporary and traditional techniques and technologies through clinical experiences while providing a direct hands-on exposure and structured clinical supervision.  As a staff, we are committed to preparing students to successfully practice within the profession as a certified athletic trainer with competence, critical thinking, and collaborative work with peers and allied health-care professionals.  As a staff we are also committed to preparing the students to be contributing members of the society as a whole and to have an understanding for the wide-ranging diversity that they may encounter; and to possess the ability to practice in an ethical, compassionate and culturally competent manner.

ACCREDITATION

The purpose of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) is to develop, maintain, and promote appropriate minimum standards of quality of entry level Athletic Training education programs.  CAATE is sponsored by The American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).

Nationally Accredited Since 2002

CAATE has achieved CHEA eligibility review status

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