Curriculum Findings

  What We Looked At
  What We Found
  What It Means
  What Were Going to Do About
  What Happened

What We Looked At

Articulate conceptual foundations of play, recreation, and leisure and the breadth and benefits of leisure services. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to be successfully employed as a professional in leisure services.  Students who are part of an under-represented culture will find employment in a recreation profession of heir choice.Plan, lead, and evaluate recreation   programs/events/activities for all populations.Cite and discuss trends and issues related to the delivery of leisure services. Demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge and skills related to the management of leisure services. Utilize a variety of communication, technology, and research skills reflective of a professional. Apply 550 hours of practical experiences gained prior to graduation to real world daily management functions. Demonstrate professionalism and understanding of the expectations of the recreation profession.

What We Found

1a. Articulate conceptual foundations of play, recreation, and leisure and the breadth and benefits of leisure services

REC 1000
Students showed basic and in some instances exceptional understanding regarding analyzing specific  recreation areas.

REC 2010
Students can use major concepts when given the tools such as the vocabulary.  They’re able to use a higher level of vocabulary when exposed in readings and required to use the concepts and vocabulary when writing.

REC 4300
Students had difficulty with developing a plan for a person who has a disability.

2 & 3 a. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to be successfully employed as a professional in leisure services.

REC 2000
Students successfully put together program plans demonstrating their ability to create, design, implement and evaluate a variety of programs, special events, tournament and workshops.

REC 2300
The lesson plan assists in demonstrating if student’s can translate conceptual knowledge to real world applications.

REC 4000
Students were successful in designing recreation facilities.  Students also demonstrated their understanding of how to properly assess/evaluate recreation facilities.

REC 4240
Students learned aspects of the legislative process with regards to identifying funding sources and how to establish relations with state officials.  Students also learned the steps involved in writing grants.  Students learned how to put together budgets from an administrative perspective as opposed to budgets by support staff or 2nd level mgmt.

2 & 3 b. Students who are part of an under-represented culture will find employment in a recreation profession of their choice.

REC 4540
Most students were able to translate conceptual knowledge into real world applications.  All were able to learn from both classroom and hands-on experience in working situations.

4 a. Plan, lead, and evaluate recreation programs/events/activities for all populations

REC 2000
Students successfully put together program plans demonstrating their ability to create, design, implement and evaluate a variety of programs, special events, tournament and workshops.

REC 2200
Faculty needs to continue the requirement of lesson planning and implementation, continue to offer assignment as a group assignment but will divide students into smaller groups instead of splitting the class into 2 groups.

REC 2300
Faculty needs to continue to require lesson planning and implementation of programs as part of assignments.

4 b. Cite and discuss trends and issues related to the delivery of leisure services.

REC 4500
Students had problems with the program evaluation plan and conducting a thorough literature review.

REC 4540
Most students were able to translate conceptual knowledge into real world. All were able to learn from both the classroom and experience in working situations. 

5 a. Demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge and skills related to the management of leisure services.

REC 4240
Students learned aspects of the legislative process with regards to identifying funding sources and how to establish relations with state officials. Students also learned the steps involved in writing grants. Students learned how to put together budgets from an administrative perspective as opposed to budgets compiled by support staff or 2nd level mgmt.

5 b. Utilize a variety of communication, technology, and research skills reflective of a professional.

REC 2070
Students did very well on the power point assignment showing understanding of that program. 

REC 4500
Students learned the process for conducting meaningful research by completing thorough literature reviews of various professional journals and disciplines. Students also learned how to conduct a more thorough program evaluation that aided them in the design of their research method/instrument development.

6 a. Apply 550 hours of practical experiences gained prior to graduation to real world daily management functions.

REC 4540
Most students were able to translate conceptual knowledge into real world. All were able to learn from both the classroom and experience in working situations

7 a. Demonstrate professionalism and understanding of the expectations of the recreation profession.

REC 2010
Students can use major concepts when given the tools and the vocabulary. They’re able to use a higher level of vocabulary when exposed in their reading and required to use those concepts and vocabulary when writing.

REC 4240
Students learned aspects of the legislative process with regards to identifying funding sources and how to establish relations with state officials. Students also learned the steps involved in writing grants. Students learned how to put together budgets from an administrative perspective as opposed to budgets by support staff or 2nd level mgmt.

 REC 4540
Most of the students were able to translate conceptual knowledge into real world. All were able to learn from both the classroom and experience in working situations.

 

What It Means

1a. Articulate conceptual foundations of play, recreation, and leisure and the breadth and benefits of leisure services

REC 1000
It’s concluded that students are proficient in identifying and analyzing the 8 different areas of Leisure Services and understand how each service area impacts the overall quality of life for patrons or residents for a given service sector.

REC 2010
Students need more exposure to philosophical constructs than previously required.

REC 4300
Students need additional exposure to adaptation scenarios.

2 & 3 a. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to be successfully employed as a professional in leisure services.

REC 2000
Students can successfully put together program plans and demonstrated their ability to create, design, implement and evaluate a variety of programs, special events, tournament and workshops.

REC 2300
Emphasis needs to be placed on developing a philosophical conceptual value for validity purposes of outdoor recreation.

REC 4000
Students understand how to design various types of recreation facilities.  Students also demonstrated their understanding of the importance proper evaluation of service areas within a given facility.

REC 4240
Students successfully learned aspects of the legislative process with regards to identifying funding sources and how to establish relations with state officials.  Students are aware of the steps involved in writing grants.  Students learned the elements of creating budgets from an administrative perspective as opposed to creating budgets as support staff.

2 & 3 b. Students who are part of an under-represented culture will find employment in a recreation profession of their choice.

REC 4540
Students need to spend more time on professional presentation in all its forms and most important, articulation of their strengths and abilities to enhance a perspective employers.

4 a.  Plan, lead, and evaluate recreation programs/events/activities for all populations

REC 2000
Faculty should continue to offer this assignment as an individual project versus a group project. 

REC 2200
Students can successfully put together program plans demonstrate their ability to create, design, implement and evaluate a variety of programs, special events, tournament and workshops.

REC 2300
Faculty should continue to require lesson planning, implementation and add evaluation as a core component

4 b. Cite and discuss trends and issues related to the delivery of leisure services.

REC 4500
Faculty needs to continue to focus on revising the core assignments; program evaluation plan, literature review and the final research paper. 

REC 4540
Students need to learn how to identify emerging trends as well as updated hiring practices in the various fields of Leisure Services.

5 a. Demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge and skills related to the management of leisure services.

REC 4240
Faculty needs to continue to focus on revising the core assignments so students can become comfortable with writing grants and putting together agency budgets.

5 b. Utilize a variety of communication, technology, and research skills reflective of a professional.

REC 2070
Students did very well on the power point assignment showing understanding of that program.

REC 4500
Students learned the process for conducting meaningful research by completing thorough literature reviews of various professional journals and disciplines.  Faculty needs to continue to focus on conducting a more thorough program evaluation which will translate in their ability to design method/instrument to be developed for their research project.

6 a. Apply 550 hours of practical experiences gained prior to graduation to real world daily management functions.

REC 4540
Students learned the value of tying theory-to-practice and the potential results of their failure to development their professional network. 

7 a. Demonstrate professionalism and understanding of the expectations of the recreation profession. 

What Were Going to Do About

1a. Articulate conceptual foundations of play, recreation, and leisure and the breadth and benefits of leisure services

REC 1000
Incorporate more thorough coverage on recreation areas at the beginning of the semester.

REC 2010
Continue to require reading besides text and requiring the use of a varied vocabulary. 

REC 4300
Continue to provide experiences in which students must come into contact with people who are not like them.

 2 & 3 a. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to be successfully employed as a professional in leisure services.

REC 2000
Continue to offer this assignment as an individual project requiring the creation of two programs instead of one. 

REC 2300
Continue to require lesson planning, implementation and program evaluation. 

REC 4000
Continue to offer the course as is. 

REC 4240
Continue to offer the course as is and try to incorporate another exercise their further their understanding of the importance of soliciting funding from non-traditional sources in order to make their agencies self-sufficient which is the direction the profession is trending. Lastly, select new text.

2 & 3 b. Students who are part of an under-represented culture will find employment in a recreation profession of their choice.

REC 4540
Continue identifying what classroom activities will assist students in using concepts in the real world.

4 a. Plan, lead, and evaluate recreation programs/events/activities for all populations

REC 2000
Continue to offer this assignment as an individual project versus a group project.

REC 2200
Continue to require lesson planning and implementation, continue to offer assignment as a group assignment but will divide students into smaller groups instead of splitting the class into 2 groups. Lastly select new text. 

REC 2300
Continue to require lesson planning, implementation and program evaluation.

4 b. Cite and discuss trends and issues related to the delivery of leisure services.

 REC 4500
Continue to offer the course as-is and try to incorporate another exercise that furthers their understanding of the importance of conducting research and how it impact the future of the profession

REC 4540
Continue identifying what classroom activities will assist students in using concepts in the real world.

5 a. Demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge and skills related to the management of leisure services.

REC 4240
Continue to offer the course as is and will try to incorporate another exercise their further their understanding of the importance of soliciting funding from non-traditional sources in order to make their agencies self-sufficient which is the direction the profession is trending

5 b. Utilize a variety of communication, technology, and research skills reflective of a professional.

REC 2070
Refinement of instructions, in an effort to be more concise on desired outcomes. The right amount of time was provided to allow student’s success on projects. Overall, students do very well on both of the assignments and express a great deal of creativity in the design. 

REC 4500
Continue to offer the course as-is and try to incorporate another exercise that furthers their understanding of the importance of conducting research and how it impact the future of the profession.

6 a. Apply 550 hours of practical experiences gained prior to graduation to real world daily management functions.

REC 4540
Continue identifying what classroom activities will assist students in using concepts in the real world.

7 a. Demonstrate professionalism and understanding of the expectations of the recreation profession.

REC 2010
Continue to require reading besides text and requiring the use of a varied vocabulary. 

REC 4240
Continue to offer the course as is and will try to incorporate another exercise their further their understanding of the importance of soliciting funding from non-traditional sources in order to make their agencies self-sufficient which is the direction the profession is trending 

REC 4540
Continue identifying what classroom activities will assist students in using concepts in the real world.

What Happened

1a. Articulate conceptual foundations of play, recreation, and leisure and the breadth and benefits of leisure services

REC 1000
More thorough coverage on Recreation areas at the beginning of the semester was provided and still needed. 

REC 2010
Students were exposed to difference is philosophies of recreation delivery against the backdrop the basic framework of recreation programming and the influences of the communities they intend to engage. Moving forward, Faculty will change the textbook. 

REC 4300
We continued providing experiences in which students were exposed to people with disabilities via fieldwork and in class breakout sessions, that demonstrates adaptations necessary for participation with disability specific topics. Moving forward, Faculty will change the textbook.

2 & 3 a. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to be successfully employed as a professional in leisure services.

REC 2000
Students continued to successfully design two different types of programs and this assignment will continue to be offered as an individual project. Moving forward, students will be required to provide an additional 2 programs for a total of 3 programs and 1 special event. 

REC 2300
We continued to require lesson planning and implementation as well as Peer Evaluation feedback. Moving forward, Faculty will change the textbook and add one additional supplemental text. 

REC 4000
Students continued to successfully evaluate various recreation facilities for design, structure and maintenance issues. Moving forward, the course will have “Green Topics” with regards to facility design and solicitation of “green” vendors included. 

REC 4240
Faculty did and will continue to offer the course as is. Faculty will incorporate another exercise to further students understanding of the importance of soliciting funding from non-traditional sources in order to make their agencies self-sufficient which is the direction the profession is trending. Moving forward, Faculty will change the textbook.

2 & 3 b. Students who are part of an under-represented culture will find employment in a recreation profession of their choice.

REC 4540
Faculty did and will continue to educate students on the need, value and importance of diverse programming for a growing multicultural population.

4 a. Plan, lead, and evaluate recreation programs/events/activities for all populations

REC 2000
Faculty will continue to offer this assignment as an individual project versus a group project. Moving forward students will have to design another program that will focus on Environmental Education. 

REC 2200
Faculty continue to require lesson planning and implementation, continue to offer assignment as a group assignment, but, faculty will divide students into smaller groups instead of splitting the class into 2 groups. Lastly, each individual within the group will be responsible for creating their own program. 

REC 2300
Faculty continued to require lesson planning, implementation and evaluation as well as Peer feedback. Moving forward, Faculty will change the textbook and add one additional supplemental text.

4 b. Cite and discuss trends and issues related to the delivery of leisure services.

REC 4500
Continue to offer the course as-is and try to incorporate another exercise that furthers their understanding of the importance of conducting research and how it impact the future of the profession. Faculty is considering changing text and is revising the Program Evaluation assignment. Also under consideration is partnering with local park agencies to conduct research for their agencies. 

REC 4540
We created anecdotal scenarios which identify emerging trends and issues in P & R and best management.

5 a. Demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge and skills related to the management of leisure services.

REC 4240
Continue to offer the course as is and try to incorporate another exercise to further their understanding of the importance of soliciting funding from non-traditional sources in order to make their agencies self-sufficient which is the direction the profession is trending. Moving forward, lectures will be added on strategic planning.

5 b. Utilize a variety of communication, technology, and research skills reflective of a professional.

REC 2070
Refinement of instructions, in an effort to be more concise on desired outcomes. The right amount of time was provided to allow student’s success on this project. Overall, students continue to do well on both assignments and express a great deal of creativity in the design. Moving forward, this assignment will be revised to focus on new recreation software programs. 

REC 4500
Continue to offer the course as-is and try to incorporate another exercise that furthers their understanding of the importance of conducting research and how it impact the future of the profession.

6 a. Apply 550 hours of practical experiences gained prior to graduation to real world daily management functions.

REC 4540
We shifted the focus to the importance of developing and maintaining of a professional network.

7 a. Demonstrate professionalism and understanding of the expectations of the recreation profession.

REC 2010
We determined students still are deficient in their philosophical constructs of recreation and leisure. Continue to require reading besides text and requiring the use of a varied vocabulary. 

REC 4240
We will continue to offer the course as is and will try to incorporate another exercise their further their understanding of the importance of soliciting funding from non-traditional sources in order to make their agencies self-sufficient which is the direction the profession is trending 

REC 4540
Continue identifying what classroom activities will assist students in using concepts in the real world.