Our undergraduate option in Program and Event Management in the Department of Recreation Management and Policy is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT is, in turn accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Assessment of Learning Outcomes COAPRT Learning Outcomes
COAPRT standard 2.05.05 requires reporting of aggregated results of learning outcomes assessment. The following data demonstrate how UNH's program meets various learning outcomes consistent with COAPRT Standards for its Program and Event Management core curriculum. Results for the most recent academic year (AY 2019-2020) are as follow:
COAPRT 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.
- Learning Outcome:Students shall understand the roles and relationships of diverse leisure systems, as well as professionalism in the discipline.
- Assessment Method: The primary direct measure for this outcome will be scores on a recreation industry paper/rich media project in RMP 490. Approximately 80% of students will score 85% or better.
- Result: The results of this measure indicate our target of having more than 80% of students scoring above 85% in the assigned content areas on the rubric has been met. Approximately 89% of the RMP 490 students scored 85% or above on the recreation industry analysis/rich media project.
COAPRT 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.
- Learning Outcome: Students should understand the primary and secondary dimensions of diversity and the ways in which they are represented in recreation services program design.
- Assessment Method: The primary direct measures that are being used to assess this outcome are the quiz questions that are completed in RMP 557. These exams focus on primary and secondary dimensions of diversity as covered in the RMP 557 course. The outcome states that 80% of students will score 85% or better on the relevant quiz questions.
- Result: The results of this measure indicate our target of having more than 80% of students scoring above 85% on the quiz questions. Approximately 81% of students scored 85% or better on the quiz questions in RMP 557.
COAPRT Standard 7.03. - Students graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management/administration in parks, recreation, tourism and/or related professions.
- Learning Outcome: Students shall develop a comprehensive marketing or promotional plan for a leisure agency.
- Assessment Method: The primary direct measure that is being used to assess this outcome is the marketing plan from RMP 559. The outcome states that 80% of students will score above 85% in the assigned content areas on the rubric.
- Result: The results of this measure indicated that we have exceeded our target of having more than 80% of students scoring above 85% in the assigned content areas on the marketing plan rubric. Approximately 100% of the RMP 559 students scored 85% or above on the marketing plan.
Other Measures of Program Quality (2019-2020)
- Quality of Instruction: The average student rating of the quality of instruction in our undergraduate classes during AY 2019-2020 was 4.70 on a 5-point scale.
- Internship Performance: Intern performance evaluation results exceeded expected levels. Approximately 100% of internship site supervisors reported that they agree or strongly agree that their internship student was prepared. Approximately 100% of supervisors reported they were either satisfied or very satisfied with the intern.
- NOTE: The internship experience was heavily impacted by COVID-19. With directives from university officials, the pathways to graduation were expanded during Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 beyond the traditional 400-hour internship required by the COAPRT accrediting body.
- Graduation Rate: The RMP six-year graduation rate for the academic year 2019-20 was 100%.
CHEA requires accredited institutions to inform the public about “degree and accreditation mills.” Cautions concerning these are summarized in a video that can be viewed here. 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 or program. 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
The University of New Hampshire is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) which in turn is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE).
Therapeutic Recreation Option Accreditation
The Therapeutic Recreation Option in RMP has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs-Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education (CAAHEP-CARTE) since January of 2015. We view this accreditation as an excellent mechanism for ensuring our students graduate with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities for 21st century health care practice.
CAAHEP-CARTE Curriculum Competencies
Student Outcomes: We offer the following metrics for your consideration of the professional preparedness of UNH RMP TR Option students:
- Internship Performance Evaluation AY 2018-19: Of the 27 TR Option students completing their capstone internship experience, 96.1% of students were rated by their clinical internship supervisors as having either met or exceeded expectations for performance on all required competencies. Competency ratings are based upon CARTE-specified knowledge, skills, and abilities as well as the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) Standards for the Practice of Recreational Therapy.
- National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) Exam Pass Rate: For the testing period covering July 2016 through November 2018, first-time test candidates from UNH achieved a pass rate of 96.6% in comparison to the national pass rate of 87.2% during the same testing period.