Recreation, Hospitality and Parks Management

The goal of the Department of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management is to prepare liberally educated individuals whose philosophical and practical approaches to the provision of recreation services and facilities are based on the latest methods and techniques. Students learn to be inquisitive and receptive to varying points of view, proficient in a broad spectrum of software, and skilled in multiple modalities of communication and interpersonal relations. Graduates will have the ability to motivate and to help others enrich their lives through the constructive use of leisure.

Students develop appropriate, professional capabilities, and attitudes required for work in a variety of settings. They learn to advise customers, to organize and plan, to budget, and to manage both leisure services and recreation and park resources. Using technology to enhance the provision of leisure services has become a distinguishing characteristic of our graduates.

Fieldwork is offered in various recreation and resource settings; students serve full-time internships with public recreation agencies, private or commercial recreation businesses, hotels and resorts, therapeutic programs, or parks and natural resource-related agencies. The Department of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management has one of the largest and most respected programs of its kind in the nation. Fifteen diverse and dedicated faculty members strive to ensure the best professional education for program majors, minors, and graduate students. The department was first accredited in 1986.


COAPRT standard 2.05.05 requires reporting of aggregated results of learning outcomes assessment and other evidence of program academic quality. Results for the most recent academic year (AY 2012-2013) follow:

  • Student performance on standard 7.01 as measured by the Core Knowledge Questionnaire (CKQ) was met or exceeded. 83% of the students earned 70% or higher on the CKQ post-test.
  • Student performance on standard 7.02 as measured by course embedded examinations and assignments was met or exceeded on two of four exams and both culminating assignments by at least 70 percent of the students.
  • Student performance on standard 7.03 as measured by course embedded examinations and assignments was met or exceeded on all four exams and the prospectus by 98 – 100% of the students.

Our most recent Outcomes Assessment-at-a-Glance summary is available [here]. The AY12-13 Academic Program Review (APR) annual report and the department outcomes assessment plan are available upon request.

Important Information Regarding Degree Mills

Standard 3.06 requires us to publish the following important Information Regarding Degree Mills:

 Please watch this important video regarding degree and accreditation mills.

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. 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 (

Professional Accreditation

Council on Accreditation  CHEA

CSU, Chico’s Department of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).  The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) accredits baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies offered at regionally accredited institutions within the United States and its territories, and at nationally accredited institutions in Canada, and Mexico.

University Accreditation

California State University, Chico is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.