Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

Accreditation

In April, 1979, the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies received program accreditation. It was one of the first undergraduate programs to be accredited prior to the formal recognition by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA, now the Council on Higher Education Accreditation) of the National Recreation and Park Association/American Association of Leisure and Recreation Council on Accreditation. Since then, the Department has received subsequent continuous accreditation approval by the Council on Accreditation for Recreation, Park Resources and Leisure Services spanning 35 years.  Accreditation, certification, and other markers of excellence continue to be a high priority within the department and across the school and university.  The most recent accreditation review by the Council on Accreditation for Recreation, Park Resources and Leisure Services was conducted in February 2014, resulting in accreditation until 2021.
    
Indiana University is an accredited member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The most recent accreditation review by the Higher Learning Commission was conducted during the 2007-2008 academic year, resulting in accreditation for the period 2008-2018.  Additionally, the School of Public Health has a long history of seeking external accreditations for most academic programs.  

Accredited Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies options available in the following areas:

  • Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology
  • Public, Nonprofit and Community Recreation
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management

Student Benefits from Accreditation
Accreditation is more than just a label – it is an assurance of quality in education.  By earning your degree in an accredited program, you can expect a wide variety of degree options, hands-on training, active engagement with the community, an up-to-date curriculum from quality educators, and the opportunity to engage in innovative research. 

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Important Information Regarding Degree Mills and the Value of Accreditation:
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CHEA defines accreditation as "the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. Active for the past 100 years, this private, voluntary system of self-examination and peer review has been central to the creation of a U.S. higher education enterprise that is outstanding in many respects."  Read more about the Value of Accreditation.

Selected Learning and Program Outcomes

Standard 7.01
Course: SPH-R 200 (Formally SPH-R 110) Foundations of Leisure and Public Health

  • Project #1: The project requires students to interview users of leisure/recreational service agencies, based on demographics and lifestyles.  Primarily using age/generations as a demographic profile, students interviewed a minimum of four individuals from different age groups to compare, contrast, and understand leisure behaviors across generations.  The result of the interviews on leisure behavior provides a picture of how leisure/recreational service agencies must consider demographics in programming and service delivery.

Please indicate whether this outcome measure is Direct or Indirect:

  • Direct

Result of Outcome Measure:

  • The overall performance on project one was 33 out of a total of 35 points for 134 students.

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Standard 7.02
Course: SPH-R 142 Living Well

  • Project #1: The project requires students to be able to dissect an individually chosen health related product to discern how they are being sold on the product. The key to this assignment is for the students to apply seven key covenants to question the material and act as a cautious consumer of health information.  Students then summarize their findings and reflect on the impact of the results.

Please indicate whether this outcome measure is Direct or Indirect:

  • Direct

Result of Outcome Measure:

  • The overall performance on Project One was 35 out of a total of 35 points for 241 students.

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Standard 7.03
Course: SPH-R 311 Management in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

  • Reaction Writing 1:  This one page writing assignment requires students to read the chapter Management Learning Past to Present and select one of the following management theorists: Mayo, Follett, McGregor, Argyris, Deming, Senge, Maslow, Drucker, Taylor, Tom Peters, Weber, or Fayol.  The students are asked to provide an overview of their contributions to Management and briefly summarize the theorist’s work. Students will then identify which approach they are categorized within (classical, behavioral or modern/contemporary) and how can their approach/findings/theory be applied to a work setting within the student’s your field of study? Students are asked to create a scenario.

Please indicate whether this outcome measure is Direct or Indirect:

  • Direct

Result of Outcome Measure:

  • The overall performance on Reaction Writing One was 24.17 out of a total of 25 points for 56 students.

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Program Graduation Outcome

Name and Brief Description of Outcomes Measure

  • Six-Year Graduation Rate- Rate is based on a cumulative cohort of students enrolling at Indiana University Bloomington, who subsequently entered the degree program. Period of analysis is Fall 2010 to Fall 2016.

Please indicate whether this outcome measure is Direct or Indirect

  • Indirect

Result of Outcome Measure

  • 76% of students entering the degree program graduated within six calendar years.