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Mission, Vision, and Values

Vision Statement
The vision of the recreation, sport and tourism administration program is to advance individual, social, and community well-being through leisure education and recreational experiences that are based on the developmental, preventative, and rehabilitative powers of recreation, sport and tourism.

Mission Statement
The mission of the recreation, sport and tourism administration program is to promote healthy lifestyles in society by developing students’ understanding and ability to plan, manage, and facilitate challenging and rewarding leisure experiences.

Our Values

  • Student centeredness
  • Community connections
  • Informed and engaged citizenship
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Excellence in teaching and service
  • Experiential and traditional instruction
  • Theoretical and applied knowledge
  • Independent and lifelong learning

Curriculum Foundation
Based on the vision, mission, and values of the department, the recreation, sport and tourism program is built on the three foundational curriculum areas for leisure services. These three areas include leisure foundations, programming, and management/administration.

  • Leisure foundations include the background, nature, and scope of the profession, including its history, philosophy, and social and behavioral science underpinnings.
  • Programming includes, but is not limited to activity design and event management, leadership, inclusive and adapted perspectives, group dynamics, site design and management, and related processes.
  • Management/Administration refers to both operational and strategic administration. Operational management includes planning, organizing, staffing, directing, leading, controlling, reporting, financing, marketing, and critical thinking. Strategic administration refers to processes that managers in leisure services use to optimize the success of the organization through creating, maintaining, and deploying plans-of action that address changing circumstances in social, economic, environmental, or financial environments.

Core Competencies

  • Administration and governance
  • Program services
  • Site and facility operations
  • Financial management
  • Public relations and marketing
  • Emphasis specialization
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