The following data demonstrate how the Springfield College Sport Management and Recreation Program meets various learning outcomes consistent with Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) standards.

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.

  • Student Exit Survey 2013 indicates 88 percent of respondents (80 percent of graduating recreation management majors responded) are employed.
  • Student Exit Survey results tabulated from 2012, 2013, and 2014 indicate that 92.9 percent of recreation management students felt that the major program of study prepared them well for their current career interests.
  • During the 2013-2014 academic year, the average grade for students on internship for exhibiting a general knowledge of the recreation management industry was 4.6 out of 5.

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.

  • Students prepared mid-term case study of a business and program and assessment plan to facilitate human experiences.
  • Ninety percent of the students achieved C or above.

Standard 7.03

Students graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management/administration in parks, recreations, tourism and/or related professions.

During the 2013-2014 academic year, students on internship exhibited the following abilities:

  • An understanding of professional ethics – scored 4.87 out of 5
  • An understanding of professional ethics – scored 4.87 out of 5
  • An ability to relate to stakeholders in a professional manner—scored 4.6 out of 5
  • An ability to interact with staff in a professional manner—scored 4.6 out of 5
  • An awareness of budget process—scored 4.18 out of 5
  • Computer competency—scored 4.67 out of 5
  • Endeavors to resolve problems independently—scored 4.33 out of 5
  • Display the management skills of planning and organizing—scored 4.47 out of 5
  • Display the management skills of evaluation—scored 4.4 out of 5
  • Thoroughly analyze the issue, problem and/or assignment and carefully evaluate a logical solution—scored 4.13 out of 5

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.

Additional Information to Support COAPRT Compliance