Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Mission: To support the evolving field of recreation, parks, and tourism by assisting future professionals in developing technical competence with professional characteristics, and dispositions.

Vision: We strive to be the preeminent center for outdoor recreation and leadership, tourism and special events, and recreation therapy education in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Values: C.A.R.I.E.: Collaboration: We succeed together, Accountability: We do the right thing, Respect: We value diversity and inclusion, Innovation: We cultivate growth, Excellence: We strive to make a difference.

RU Recreation Parks and Tourism’s Recreation Major Recreation Therapy Students Achieve 90.4% Pass Rate on National Certification Exam!

Graduates of the Recreation Therapy Concentration of the Recreation, Parks and Tourism Major meet eligibility requirements to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) credentialling examination.  The hard work of our incredibly engaged instructors and students has paid off with the 2019-2021 three-year average passing rate reaching 90.5%.  This is a full 11% ABOVE the national average of 79.5%!  Our graduates are very desired candidates for jobs in psychiatric hospitals, community-based recreation therapy, long-term care with elders, and even adventure therapy programs.  Some of our graduates even go on to win National Awards for the high impact programs that they create in their home communities.  Way to go HIGHLANDERS!

2019-2021 NCTRC School Report [PDF]