August, 2012

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The San Francisco State University Recreation, Parks, and Tourism undergraduate degree program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).  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.

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.

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Strategic Plan

Vision: Cultivating quality of life through recreation, parks, and tourism.

Mission: To empower recreation, parks, and tourism learning communities through innovative and transformative education, scholarship, and service.

Values: Through education, scholarship, and service, the RPT department aspires to advocate and advance...

  • Personal and professional development
  • Social justice and capital
  • Sustainability and stewardship



Goal/Objective Date Unit Status
1.0    To increase the number of majors (2x by fall 2016)
1.1  Establish a presence at Sneak Preview 2/15 Rosegard Table application submitted
 1.2  Identify counselor listserv for all 114 community colleges and send email providing overview of RPT major 2/15 Rosegard Listserv identified; email draft
1.3   Develop undergraduate brochure 3/15 Rosegard Approved price and layout
1.4   Overhaul RPT website 8/15 Tierney Hired consultant (Odson)
1.5  Develop class assignment requiring students to present major to other community college/high school courses 8/15 Látková Identified RPT 600 for fall 2015
2.0    To increase online operations
2.1   Create online master calendar with all events, field trips, etc. 1/15 Rosegard Complete, but more events need uploading
2.3   Create online senior exit survey 5/15 Department Draft needs to be piloted
2.2   Create online database for agencies to post jobs 8/15 Yoshino Researching existing databases
2.4   Create online advising for students/faculty 8/15 Rosegard Advising form developed - needs online format
3.0    To develop strategic plan for fall 2015-2022 5/15
3.1   Identify vision, mission, values, goals/objectives for 2015-2016 5/15 Department Draft for reaccreditation 1/15
3.2   Align with university mission and strategic plan 5/15 Department SF State strategic plan announced 12/1
3.3   Assess 1st year of pre/post direct measures for each course   Department Fall 2014 data collected
4.0    Strengthen wellness component of curriculum
4.1   Develop wellness course Fall 14 Wilson Completed – taught spring 2015
4.2   Develop interdisciplinary wellness certificate Fall 14 Tierney Completed – need to implement
4.3   Establish and coordinate Campus Wellness Day 5/15 Yoshino Thursday, 5/7 (still finalizing date)
4.4   Become member of Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative 5/15 Yoshino Complete – member of research subcommittee
5.0    Strengthen alumni relations
5.1   Create Linkedin group (SF State Recreation Alumni) 2/14 Wilson Complete
5.2   Organize alumni activity with undergraduates 10/14 Látková Complete
5.3   Organize alumni day at SF State 10/15 Rosegard Working with Development office to secure date


Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

All students receiving a BS degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration will demonstrate the ability to understand, apply, analyze, and evaluate factual, conceptual, and procedural knowledge within each of the nine competencies identified below:


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.

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:

  1. In the first column, tell us if you have gained knowledge in the following professional competency areas.
  2. 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 2014, 2015, 2016 Pre/Post Tests and Signature Assignments

  • 7.01 Table
  • 7.02 Table
  • 7.03 Table
  • 7.04 Table

Results from 2012-2013 Survey:


I gained the following core knowledge

This competency is important to my career



SD    D    A    SA    know


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


Survey Year



Currently Working


20 (48.7%)

21 (51.2%

Currently Working in RPT Field


13 (65.0%)

7 (35.0%)

Plan to Pursue a Job in RPT Field After Graduation

Survey Year






21 (64%)

7 (21%) 

3 (9%)  

2 (6%)


19 (76%)  

4 (16%) 

2 (8%)  



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 2012-2013 Survey:

Evaluation of RPT Core Courses

Survey Results

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

Overall Evaluation of RPT Instruction/Teacher Approach and Delivery



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