School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University
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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

COAPRT - Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism

COAPRT - Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism

Our undergraduate major in recreation management with concentrations in Parks and Outdoor Recreation, and Therapeutic Recreation 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).

Program Description

Recreation Management (Parks and Outdoor Recreation; Therapeutic Recreation)

The nationally-accredited curriculum in Recreation Management at George Mason University provides students with the framework necessary for professional development, career advancement, and graduate education through a combination of rewarding learning and practical experiences. Students interested in the field of Recreation Management pursue the BS degree in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources, with a concentration in either Parks and Outdoor Recreation OR Therapeutic Recreation. Students are exposed to the various facets of this dynamic and rapidly growing field. Our graduates are prepared to make a real difference - informing policy, promoting economic development, advocating stewardship of natural resources, encouraging inclusive community service and lifelong recreation participation, and working to enhance the quality of life of all individuals, families, and communities at the local, national, and international levels.

COAPRT Standard 2.05:05 requires reporting of aggregated results of learning outcomes assessment. Results for the recent calendar year (2016) follow::

Graduation Rate

  • 100% 6-year graduation rate

Competencies

    • 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.

Students graduating from the Recreation Management program shall demonstrate an ability to develop and articulate their personal philosophy of leisure and a broad awareness of the profession and associated industries. Students are required to complete an Activity Participation and Economic Log, entailing the monitoring and analysis of personal recreation and leisure activities and their expenses. Additionally, they are required to write a paper (with citations) documenting their personal philosophy of leisure, perspectives on participation and spending, and the relationship of these findings to the development of the profession and associated industries. In calendar year 2016, 93% of all Recreation Management students scored 70% or above on the PRLS 210 – Activity Participation and Economic Log.

 


    • 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 graduating from the Recreation Management program shall complete and present (orally and in writing) a Program Plan that can be implemented and evaluated in future courses (including the internship). Students are required to develop the Program Plan comprising mission; program description; goals and objectives; operational criteria (e.g., accommodations; equipment/supplies; promotional website; staffing, venue, and activity plans); and evaluation tools to demonstrate the ability to design and implement services. In calendar year 2016, 100% of Recreation Management students scored 70% or above on the PRLS 310 – Written Program Plan.

 


    • 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.

Students graduating from the Recreation Management program shall demonstrate an ability to identify legal principles and rules of law governing federal civil rights law and their applicability to the discipline. Students are required to complete four exams testing their understanding of liability issues. There is no comprehensive exam in the course, rather each covers an array of legal principles and rules of law. Exam #1 assesses knowledge of control test and negligence principles; standard care in negligence liability; and landowner and trespasser liability. Exam #2 assesses knowledge of sports coach liability; post-injury procedures liability; sports spectator liability; and sport participant liability and assumptions of risk; Exam #4 assesses knowledge of liability releases and waiver agreements; agency liability for sexual misconduct; supervision liability; and gender discrimination. In calendar year 2016, the average score across Exams #1-4 for Recreation Management students was 75.5% (B+), exceeding 70%.

 


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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.