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Graduates of this program should possess the skills necessary to support diversity, promote environmental awareness and ethical thinking, and foster healthy communities through comprehensive recreation programs.

In short, when words like "excellence", "quality", "futuristic", "fairness" and "student-oriented" are mentioned in the context of leisure, we want it to be assumed the reference is to the Department of Recreation Administration.

Our strong faculty reputation is built on high-quality professors. According to the university's March 2003 external review report, the department’s faculty are “accessible, available, and committed to the students. Students mentioned a ‘family atmosphere’ between themselves and faculty in the unit.” EIU faculty/evaluation reports of Purdue University core items consistently indicate median scores over 4.5 on a scale of five.

A degree at EIU is not just about mastering theories. It's also about practical, hands-on experiences with real people in real organizations. Work in field-based recreational settings is integral to many recreation courses, giving our graduates a critical head start in the field.

You'll work closely with instructors in your field work and internships, giving you an understanding of the various competencies as identified by certification agents. Through field work and internships, EIU students develop applied skills and understanding that lead to expertise in the field.

The education curriculum at EIU culminates in an entire term devoted to interning at a recreation organization. You will continue to receive support from your professors through assignments and visits to discuss issues you are facing at the site.

The Recreation and Therapeutic Recreation programs are fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Recreation, Park Resources and Leisure Services.

EIU and Recreation Administration: Doing Great Things

Eastern Illinois University continues drawing praise for the quality of its students, faculty and programs. This also holds true for the Department of Recreation Administration. U.S. News and World Report has given EIU high marks in its "Best Colleges 2010" rankings, a significant recognition for a public university.

Eastern’s attractive 320-acre campus is large enough to offer quality programs, yet small enough to offer personal attention. Nearly 50 percent of the university’s 12,000 students live in on-campus housing.  The average class size is 22, with a 1:16 faculty/student ratio. Alumni consistently list small class size as one reason for their satisfaction with EIU.

Non-traditional and part-time students are enrolled in programs at both on-and off-campus sites. Department faculty are involved in a wide range of research and public service activities. Throughout the state and beyond, we continue to hear numerous positive comments about the quality of our students and the graduates of our programs. These are wonderful things to hear about Eastern and our students. It sets a very high bar for us to continue striving to meet. 

Goals and Objectives

2013-2014

The following goals and objectives can also be viewed as an Excel spreadsheet or as a PDF document.

Recreation Administration Curriculum

Goal 1: To revise curriculum to address current professional development issues and trends.

ObjectiveActionTimelineOutcomeAddressed By

1.1) Continue to review of required recreation core courses against COARPT standards

Faculty review courses and discuss possible action, including (but not limited to):  reduction of credit hours in some courses with the increase of credit hours in other course; addition of courses; revisions to current syllabi/course content

on-going

 

Assessment Committee Chair Dr. Michael Mulvaney

1.2) Conduct a departmental review of required therapeutic recreation core courses against COARPT standards.

Faculty review courses and discuss possible action, including (but not limited to):  reduction of credit hours in some courses with the increase of credit hours in other course; addition of courses; revisions to current syllabi/course content

on-going

 

Dr. Peggy Holmes-Layman

1.3)  Investigate on-line course possibilities

Review existing courses and content to investigare feasability of on-line offerings

 

August of 2014

 

Dr. Michael Mulvaney 

1.4)  Ongoing review of the feasibility for collaboration of course offerings with other departments on campus

Faculty continue current collaborations with FCS and KSS and remain open to other possible collaborative efforts. 

Annually in October

 

Department Faculty

1.5) Investigate an outdoor emphasis area

Review existing certificate programs and course offerings to investigate feasability of emphasis area

   

Dr. James Barkley

1.6) To promote integrated learning experiences for students Ensure that students engage in at least 3 agency integrated projects

Annually in October

 

Assessment Committee Chair Dr. Mike Mulvaney

1.7)  Complete COAPRT re-accreditation report

 

Complete re-accreditation report for both generalist and TR.

December of 2015

 

Dr. Higelmire

1.8)  Promote study abroad, study away and  national student exchange options

Through appreciative advising faculty will Share opportunities with students regarding NSE, study abroad and study away 

Annually in October

 

Faculty meeting

Dr. Mike Mulvaney

 


 

Recreation Administration Visibility

Goal 2: To enhance the Department of Recreation Administration's visibility and development opportunities.

Faculty have completed multiplepresentations throughout the year atvarious local, state, regional, national,and international conferences and fairs.
ObjectiveActionTimelineOutcomeAddressed By
2.1) Continue and strengthen relationships with recreation agencies. Faculty will explore ways to serve on recreation related professional committees.

Annually in October

  Faculty Meeting
Dr. Higelmire
2.2) Maintain an up-to-date mailing and email list of Department of Recreation Administration alumni. Work with foundation to develop an accurate email list.

Annually in October

  Faculty Meeting
Dr. Higelmire
2.3) Assist in applying for internal and external grants. Identify project areas and possible collaboration projects among university faculty (and community).

Annually in October

  Faculty Meeting
Dr. Higelmire

2.4)  Continue and strengthen relationships with recreation associations.

Faculty will explore ways to serve on recreation related professional associations

.

Annually in October

   
2.5) Develop presentations, publications and other creative endeavors. Faculty will prepare session proposals, manuscripts, report, and engage in other creative activities.

Annually in October

  Department Faculty

 


 

Recreation Administration Assessment

Goal 3) To revise the Department of Recreation Administration's student assessment standards and practices.

ObjectiveActionTimelineOutcomeAddressed By

3.1)  To establish primary  measures for outcomes.

Assessment committee will review objectives and make appropriate changes.  Committee prepare on-line protfolio draft

May 2014   Chair of Assessment Committee: Dr. Mulvaney

3.2) Develop TR accreditation report

Edit TR internship manual.  Organize materials for accreditation. 

August 2014   Dr. Holmes-Layman

3.3)  Imliment post measuring tool for student assessment

Develop and finalize generalist and TR exit interviews

May of 2014   Chair of Assessment Committee: Dr. Mulvaney

 


 

Recreation Administration Promotion

Goal 4) To enhance the Department of Recreation Administration's promotion and marketing strategies.

ObjectiveActionTimelineOutcomeAddressed
4.1) To investigate providing undeclared majors with promotion materials. Meet with admissions advisors to identify promotional possibilities. Annually in May   Department Chair Dr. Higelmire
4.2) To promote department of recreation opportunities to undeclared majors. Distribute promotional materials to students. Annually in May   Department Chair Dr. Higelmire
4.3) To provide promotional materials to internal and external entities. Determine needs and opportunities. Responding with appropriate level of materials. Annually in May   Department Chair Dr. Higelmire

4.4) To increase number of majors 

Establish a departmental promotions and marketing committee.  Draft a plan to increase number of majors.

March 2014

 

Dr. Mulvaney 


You can view our 2012-2013 Goals and Objectives archive here.  

Practical Experience

A degree at EIU is not just about mastering theories. It’s also about practical, hands-on experiences with real people at real organizations. Work in field-based recreation settings is integral to many recreation courses, giving our graduates a critical head start in the field.

You'll work closely with instructors in your field work and internship experiences to understand the various competencies as identified by certification agent(s). Through field work and internship experiences, EIU students develop the applied skills and understandings that lead to expertise in the field.

The education curriculum at EIU culminates in an entire term devoted to interning at a recreation organization. You’ll continue to receive support from your professors through assignments and visits so you can discuss issues you’re facing at the site.

 

Program Mission

The mission of the Department of Recreation Administration at Eastern Illinois University is to implement a curriculum, which will prepare highly competent recreation program providers and managers of leisure and recreation experiences as well as highly competent RT/TR professionals through student-faculty scholarship, free and rigorous inquiry, effective coursework and applied learning and field experiences. The department helps students develop an in-depth understanding of recreation and its importance in enhancing the quality of life. Students graduating from this program will possess administrative skills, leadership abilities, and understanding of leisure behavior to promote through comprehensive recreation programs in our communities; health, wellness, inclusion and sustainability. Students in the TR option will additionally develop clinical competencies appropriate for the dynamic health systems climate. Students will also engage in the highest level of strategic thinking, ethical practices, oral and written communication, global understanding, diversity support and numerical literacy.

Vision

The Department of Recreation Administration: Experience a difference…to make a difference!

Values

The faculty of the Department of Recreation Administration infuses these values in their course work, services and scholarly activities.

  • Personal Potential
  • Involvement in Meaningful Activities
  • Ethical Conduct
  • Academic Excellence
  • Principles that Support Inclusion and Diversity
  • Leadership Development
  • Collaborative Decision Making
  • Passion for Making a Difference
  • Significance of Recreation, Play and Leisure
  • Wellness Behaviors
  • Sustainable Operations
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Compassionate and Caring Relationships

Departmental Assessment

B.S. in Recreation Administration (doc)

B.S. in Recreation Administration, Option in Therapeutic Recreation (doc)