Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate Programs

B.S., Recreation and Leisure Studies

Students will demonstrate an entry-level knowledge of: a) the nature and scope of the recreation professional, b) techniques and processes used by professional workers in these industries and, c) the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy.

Students will demonstrate an entry-level knowledge of operations and strategic management/administration in recreational services.

Students will demonstrate an entry-level knowledge of and ability to, a) apply research and evaluation methods and practices and, b) utilize the results of research and evaluation to improve practice/services.

Students will demonstrate through a practicum experience the potential to succeed as an entry-level professional in recreational services.

Students will demonstrate an entry-level ability to design, implement and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.

B.S., Sport Management

At the completion of the bachelor's degree program in Sport Management, students will be able to:

  • Understand and apply theoretical concepts in specific sport management functions, such as communication, finance, law, ethics, facility & event management, marketing, and global issues that are related to the sport industry. 
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of a global society, and the influence of that diversity on planning, organizing, and implementing decisions in the sport industry. 
  • Become familiar with the technology and skills that are necessary for effective research, communication, and management in today’s sport industry.
  • Understand the role of law, legal processes, and protocols in resolving real or “realistic” scenarios. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to create marketing and promotional strategies for successful sport and businesses and venues. 
  • Utilize the understanding of ethical and moral standards in the business decision-making process.
  • Experience the responsibility of developing a project, research endeavor, or business plan. 
  • Attain professional experiences in the sport industry via internships. 
  • Acquire the tools necessary for lifelong learning.

 

Graduate Core Learning Outcomes

  •  Students will demonstrate knowledge of, a) the nature & scope of the recreation professional, b) techniques and processes used by professional workers in these industries and, c) the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy. 
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of operations and strategic management/administration in recreational services.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of and ability to, a) apply research and evaluation methods and practices and, b) utilize the results of research and evaluation to improve practice/services. 
  • Students will demonstrate through a practicum experience the potential to succeed as professionals at an administrative or supervisory level in recreational services. 
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to design, implement and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity. 

M.S., Sport and Entertainment Management

At the completion of the graduate program in Sport and Entertainment Management, students will have demonstrated competence to: 

  • Acquire a mastery of skill development and an understanding of theoretical concepts in specific sport and entertainment management functions, such as communication, finance, law, ethics, facility and event management, marketing, and global issues that are related to these areas. 
  • Understand and apply the principles of resource management in sport and entertainment industries. 
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of a global society, and the influence of that diversity on planning, organizing, and implementing decisions in the sport and entertainment industry. 
  • Become familiar with the technology and skills that are necessary for effective research, communication, and management in today’s sport and entertainment industries. 
  • Understand the role of law, legal processes, and protocols in resolving real or “realistic” scenarios. 
  • Demonstrate the acquisition of marketing and promotional strategies for successful sport and entertainment businesses and venues. 
  • Utilize the understanding of ethical and moral standards in the business decision-making process and personal judgments. 
  • Experience the responsibility of developing a major project, research endeavor, or business plan. 
  • Attain high-level professional supervisory experiences through a professional experience. 
  • Acquire the tools necessary for lifelong learning. 

In addition, standards have been developed that address expected outcomes specific to therapeutic recreation and recreation administration:

M.S., Recreation and Leisure Studies

Recreation Administration

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of planning and development of recreational services. 
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of legal issues related to risk, safety, and security in recreational services.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of recreational facility design and management.

Therapeutic Recreation

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to assess, plan, implement, document, and evaluate individualized therapeutic recreation services that facilitate targeted outcomes.  
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to assess the needs of groups of individuals, conceptualize, develop, and implement comprehensive therapeutic recreation programs and evaluate program effectiveness. 
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge and practice of various interventions and facilitation techniques used in the delivery of therapeutic recreation services. 
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of various management, marketing, and accounting principles and practices associated with the delivery of therapeutic recreation services. 
  • Students shall demonstrate through a culminating experience, the sustained ability to apply the therapeutic recreation process, use diverse, structured ways of thinking to solve problems related to different facets of professional practice, engage in advocacy, and stimulate innovation.