College - Author 1

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Department - Author 1

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration



Primary Advisor

Bill Hendricks


Senior projects are designed to provide college seniors with a capstone educational experience. While some colleges and universities require students to take on a thesis format of a senior project, others require an applied physical product, such as fieldwork. Studies recognize benefits and downfalls to both types of senior project formats. California Polytechnic State University’s Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration Department requires that students within the major complete a two-quarter research and development thesis assignment to fulfill a senior project. In May of 2010, 90 students and alumni completed a questionnaire that measured the opinions of Cal Poly RPTA’s senior project requirements. Based on the findings from the survey, alumni rated 19 agreement items higher than current students, ultimately agreeing that the RPTA senior project adequately prepares graduates of the major. Key conclusions made from this study include the fact that after students finish the senior project process and begin their careers, they may be able to appreciate the senior project.