Academics & Admissions

Overview

The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism (RPT), in existence since 1946, offers the following degree programs:

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration

The department offers an accredited Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration. This 51-unit experiential curriculum leads to a 400-hour, 12-unit, full-time internship at one of 400+ approved RPT organizations, with the majority of students being offered job positions as a result of this culminating experience.

Graduate

Master of Science in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

The Master of Science in Recreation, Parks, & Tourism develops leaders in the RPT profession and prepares students for an advanced degree (e.g., Ph.D.). The hybrid (online and face-to-face) curriculum allows students to focus on their interest area within the field. 

General Education

In addition to providing a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, the RPT Department provides students with an opportunity to explore recreation, parks, and tourism through General Education (GE). Below are classes offered each semester that satisfy GE requirements, with a few courses satisfying both GE and RPT major requirements.

Course                        General Education Area

RPT 110                      A3 (Critical Thinking)
RPT 200                      D1 (Social Science)*
RPT 210                      C1 (Art)
RPT 230                      C3 (Literature)
RPT 380                      UD-D (Upper Division Social Science)*
RPT 440                      UD-D (Upper Division Social Science)*
RPT 605                      UD-D (Upper Division Social Science)*

*Courses with an asterisk also satisfy RPT major requirements.

Accreditation

The RPT undergraduate program was first accredited in 1990 and has been continuously accredited since then.  Most recently the program was re-accredited by COARPT on October 31, 2012.  Since this accreditation the department is required to adhere to a revised set of COARPT standards.  The RPT Department has made significant progress since the last reaccreditation towards meeting the new standards. In AY 2014-15 the department plans to conduct pre-post tests of achievement of learning outcomes for each core class, in order to provide further evidence of student achievement of learning outcomes.  Under the current COAPRT accreditation requirements, standard 2.05.05 requires reporting of aggregated results of learning outcome assessments.  Results for the most recent academic year (AY 2012-2013) are posted below.

Important Information Regarding Degree Mills

Please watch this important video (https://www.chea.org/degree-accreditation-mills-video) regarding degree and accreditation mills.  According to CHEA, "Degree mills and accreditation mills mislead and harm. In the United States, degrees and certificates from mills may not be acknowledged by other institutions when students seek to transfer or go to graduate school. Employers may not acknowledge degrees and certificates from degree mills when providing tuition assistance for continuing education. “Accreditation” from an accreditation mill can mislead students and the public about the quality of an institution. In the presence of degree mills and accreditation mills, students may spend a good deal of money and receive neither an education nor a useable credential."  Read more on CHEA's website (https://www.chea.org/degree-accreditation-mills).

Evidence of Program Quality and Student Achievement

The following section presents evidence of the quality of the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism undergraduate program and indicators of student achievement of program learning outcomes.

Assessment

1. Annual RPT Assessment Report.  Each year the department produces a report which evaluates our Curriculum, Program, and Field Experience. This report contains measurable student learning outcomes; place in curriculum; where each outcome is addressed; academic year outcome was/will be assessed; assessment/procedures; what students do well and where improvements are needed; and use of findings for program improvement.  You can access below the latest assessment results summary table and the full assessment report. 

* 2017-18 Assessment Report Summary Table.  Here is a summary of the findings.

* Download the full 2015 Assessment Report

2. Results of Professional Competencies Evaluation. As part of our annual senior intern exit survey we ask students if they gained knowledge in the professional competency areas identified in the COAPRT section 7.0 Standards for Accreditation.  The results of this evaluation are found in the Assessment Report but are also highlighted in the table below.

 

Question given to students: 

In this section, please assess your experience in the RPT Department at SFSU in TWO WAYS:

In the first column, tell us if you have gained knowledge in the following professional competency areas.

In the second column, tell us how important this knowledge is to your career in RPT.

Rating Scale: 1= Strongly Disagree 2=Disagree 3=Agree 4= Strongly Agree or DK=Don’t Know

 

Results from 2017

 

·       7.01 Table

·       7.02 Table

·       7.03 Table

·       7.04 Table

 

Results from 2017 survey:

 

 

I gained the following core knowledge

This competency is important to my career

 

don’t

SD    D    A    SA    know

don’t

SD    D    A    SA    know

FOUNDATIONS: Background, nature, and scope of the profession, including its history, philosophy, and social and behavioral science underpinnings.

 

1.   The significance of play, recreation and leisure in contemporary society

 

---      ---    10    30        --- (25%) (75%)

 

1       2      10     27      --- (2%) (5%)(25%)(68%)

 

2.   The significance of play, recreation, and leisure throughout the life span

 

---      1        7      32       --- (2%)  (17%) (80%)

 

1      1       8      30      --- (2%)(2%)(21%)(75%)

 

3.  Understanding legal foundations and the legislative process

 

2      7      19     10        2 (5%)(17%)(47%)(25%) (5%)

 

1      2      13      21      3 (2%)(5%)(33%)(52%) (8%)

 

4.   Comprehend current issues and trends in the profession

 

---      2       11     12        4 (7%)(38%) (41%) (14%)

 

---      1      5      21       4 (3%)(16%)(68%)(13%)

 

PROGRAMMING: Provision of services and experience opportunities for guests, visitors, participants, clients, or other constituent groups.

 

1.   The ability to plan / organize a program, activity, service or event in RPT and use critical thinking in the process

 

---    ---     9      31         --- (23%)  (77%)

 

---    ---       5        35      --- (12%) (88%)

2.   The roles, interrelationships, and use of diverse delivery systems addressing recreation, leisure, parks, travel and tourism

 

1       3      12      24    --- (2%) (7%) (30%)(60%)

 

2      4      7      25      2 (5%)(10%)(18%)(62%)(5%)

3.  Ability to understand principles and implement procedures related to selection/coordination of programs, and events for individual, group, and community quality of life

 

---      4        8     27        1 (10%)(20%)(68%) (2%)

 

---       1     9      29      1 (2%)(23%)(73%)(2%)

 

4.  Ability to use various leadership techniques and tools of professional communication to enhance individual, group, and community experiences

 

1      1      11      27      --- (2%)(2%)(28%)(68%)

 

---     ---     8      32      --- (20%)(80%)

 

5.  Understand personnel and human resource basics including staffing, directing, leading others.

 

1       5      11      23    --- (2%)(12%)(28%)(58%)

 

---      2      6      32      --- (5%)(15%)(80%)

MANAGEMENT/ADMINISTRATION: This dimension refers to both operations of managing organizations and administering programs and services, as well as strategic planning & management.

 

1.   The fundamental principles and procedures of inclusive practices as they apply to operating programs and services

 

---     ---      14     25      1 (35%) (63%) (2%)

 

1      1     11     26       1 (2%)(2%)(27%)(68%) (2%)

 

2.   The principles and practices of safety, emergency, and risk management related to recreation, park resources and leisure services

 

1      1      18      19      1 (2%)(2%) (46%)(48%) (2%)

 

2      1      11     25       1 (5%)(2%)(27%)(64%) (2%)

3.   Creating, maintaining, and deploying plans of action that

address changing circumstances in social, economic, environmental, and/or financial environments

 

---    4       15     19       2 (10%)(37%)(48%) (5%)

 

---      3        8      27       2 (7%) (21%)(67%) (5%)

 

4.   Ability to use a variety of technology and maintain understanding of new technologies in the workplace.

 

---    1        14      24      1 (2%) (35%) (61%)  (2%)

 

---     ---        9      30      1 (23%) (75%) (2%)

 

3. Rates for seniors working in RPT field upon graduation

In our annual survey of senior interns we asked two work related questions. The first question asked if they are currently working (outside their internship,) and if yes, were they working in the RPT field. The second question asked if they were planning to pursue a job in the RPT field after graduation. The results are shown below.

Currently Working

Question

Survey Year

Yes

No

Currently Working

2016-2017

20 (48.7%)

21 (51.2%

Currently Working in RPT Field

2016-2017

13 (65.0%)

7 (35.0%)

Plan to Pursue a Job in RPT Field After Graduation

Survey Year

Definitely

Probably

Maybe

No

2016-2017

21 (64%)

7 (21%) 

3 (9%)  

2 (6%)

2015-2016

19 (76%)  

4 (16%) 

2 (8%)  

0

2004-2005

1   (8%)  

7 (59%) 

3 (25%)

1 (8%)

 

4. Senior Survey

Our annual exit survey of senior interns is conducted at the end of their internship. Appendix E of the Assessment Report contains the survey questionnaire and the results for each question.  A few highlights are presented below.

Students were asked to evaluate the RPT courses on a scale of 1 to 5 where

5=Excellent, most useful, learned a lot to 1=Very poor, not useful, did not learn much.

 

Results from 2017 Survey:

 

Evaluation of RPT Core Courses

 Required / Core Courses	Rating Scale (percentage is rounded up)<br />
	5	4	3	2	1<br />
RPT 200  Intro to RPT Services<br />
(n=38)  Mean:  3.9	13 (34%)	14 (37%)	7 (18%)	4 (9%)	0<br />
RPT 225  Technology<br />
(n=40)   Mean:  4.6	30 (75%)	8 (20%)	1 (2%)	1 (2%)	1 (2%)<br />
RPT 300  Leadership<br />
(n=40)   Mean:  4.1	16<br />
(40%)	15<br />
(37%)	6<br />
(15%)	2<br />
(5%)	1<br />
(2%)<br />
RPT 390 Leisure Travel and Tourism<br />
(n=40)   Mean:  3.9	12<br />
(30%)	14<br />
(35%)	14<br />
(35%)	0	0<br />
RPT 400  Theory Program Planning<br />
(n=40)  Mean:  4.2	15<br />
(37%)	18<br />
(45%)	6<br />
(15%)	1<br />
(2%)	0<br />
RPT 410  Foundations of Therapeutic<br />
Recreation<br />
(n=40)  Mean: 4.0<br />
9 (22%)<br />
20 (50%)<br />
11 (27%)<br />
0<br />
0<br />
RPT 500 Organization of Recr.<br />
(n=40)  Mean: 4.2	15<br />
(37%)	19<br />
(47%)	5<br />
(12%)	1<br />
(2%)	0<br />
RPT 520  Parks/Outdoor Recreation<br />
(n=39)  Mean:  3.2	4<br />
(10%)	13<br />
(33%)	10<br />
(26%)	9<br />
(23%)	3<br />
(8%)<br />
RPT 550  Planning & Evaluation<br />
(n=39)   Mean:  4.2	16 (41%)	19 (49%)	2 (5%)	1 (2%)	1 (2%)<br />
RPT 660  Seminar in Current<br />
Professional Issues<br />
(n=38)   Mean:  4.0<br />
9 (24%)<br />
21 (55%)<br />
6 (16%)<br />
2 (5%)<br />
0<br />
RPT  680/690  Directed Field Exper<br />
(n=39)   Mean:  4.7	28<br />
(72%)	9<br />
(23%)	2<br />
(5%)	0	0</p>
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OVERVIEW:  Regarding these required core classes, on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being “excellent” the average rating for all these classes is 4.08.  This is on par with the 4.06 from the prior ’10-’11 assessment; yet it’s still below the 4.14 during the assessment period in

‘08’09.  Prior to that, the averages were 4.06 in ’06-’07; 3.90 in ’05-’06 and 3.86 in 2004-05

 

Overall Evaluation of RLS Curriculum/Course Content

 

 		Frequency	Percent	Valid<br />
Percent<br />
		Average	3	7.0%	7.5<br />
		Good	30	69.8	75.0<br />
		Excellent	7	16.3	17.5<br />
		Sub-total	40	93%	100%<br />
	Missing	3	7.0<br />
	Total	43	100%	</p>
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 (5) = excellent to (1) = poor

 

Overall Evaluation of RPT Instruction/Teacher Approach and Delivery

 

 		Frequency	Percent	Valid<br />
Percent<br />
		Average	5	11.6%	12.8<br />
		Good	21	48.8	53.8<br />
		Excellent	13	30.2	33.3<br />
		sub-total	39	90.7%	100%<br />
	Missing	4	9.3<br />
	Total	43	100%	</p>
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 (5) = excellent to (1) = poor