The Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services Administration (RPL) at Central Michigan University helps put students on a career path in three distinctive areas. Outdoor recreation majors land jobs at camps, parks and adventure programs. Students in recreation and event management, our newest program, help create and run the shows at theme parks, festivals and various entertainment venues. Therapeutic recreation students train for national certification in one of the nation’s top-ranked programs.
The RPL Department program has been continuously accredited since 1982 by the National Recreation and Park Association. The RPL Department was the first program in Michigan to attain this recognition and continues to pursue this status as a significant endorsement of program quality.
Annually, the RPL Department collects data measuring its progress toward achieving the standards in our national accreditation. The following represents a “snap-shot” or our progress to date;
1) Student understanding of the foundational aspects of the recreation profession – at or above listed standards.
2) Student ability to plan, implement, and evaluate recreation programs and service to serve diverse populations – at or above listed standards.
3) Student understanding of operations, management and administrative practices in the recreation profession – at or above listed standards.