Adventure Leadership and Programming

Program Outcomes


Adventure Leadership and Programming (ALP) exists to develop leaders who value the humanity of others, are willing to risk failure, and seek continual improvement so that they are capable of making a positive impact within their communities. Our graduates demonstrate and inspire responsible stewardship for the natural environment, teamwork, and a mindset of continual improvement.


Adventure Leadership graduates will be recognized by the university, future employers, and their communities as the highest quality of individuals demonstrating character, competence, and craftsmanship.


Wilderness - Personal Responsibility - Teamwork - Judgment - Risk – Growth

Program Learning Outcomes: 

The Adventure Leadership student will be exposed to a variety of classroom and field based curricula. The following four major Student Learning Outcomes capture the essential knowledge and skills gained in the program as related to the Adams Outcomes. The sub-outcomes are the identified requisite general competencies for graduates. These outcomes are assessed through a variety of course projects, assignments and field observations and assessments. 


(Area I,II,III and IV of the Adams Outcomes) 

1. Graduates are able to demonstrate and explain effective leadership.

The Adventure leadership graduate is able to:

  1. Articulate their personal values, perspectives, and beliefs
  2. Accurately assess their own capabilities and limitations
  3.  Effectively communicate with others 
  4. Explain various leadership theories, styles and applications
  5. Lead others towards a goal in such a way that inspires mutual respect and trust 

Technical Skills 

(Area I and II of the Adams Outcomes_

2. Graduates have proficiency in technical skills within the field of adventure education such as problem-solving, outdoor living, navigation, activity specific technical skills, and risk management.

The Adventure Leadership graduate is able to:

  1. Demonstrate competence with academic research and information literacy
  2. Demonstrate effective outdoor living skills that apply minimum environmental impact principles
  3. Demonstrate professional level competency for requisite technical skills in several adventure recreation disciplines
  4. Assess hazards and manage risk in a variety of dynamic and inherently dangerous applications
  5. Demonstrate critical and creative thinking in executing responsibilities
  6. Demonstrate effective judgment in problem solving and decision making

Teaching Skills 

(Area II and III of Adams Outcomes)

3. Graduates demonstrate competency in educational skills such as experiential learning, development of learning progressions, and diverse teaching and instructional methodologies.

The Adventure Leadership graduate is able to:

  1. Explain the factors that impact learning
  2. Design learning experiences that are student centered, problem based, experiential, and collaborative.
  3. Facilitate group development and learning experiences

Environmental Stewardship 

(Area I and IV of the Adams Outcomes)

4. Graduates demonstrate knowledge and application of responsible stewardship of the natural environment. 

The Adventure Leadership graduate is able to:

  1. Discuss the value of wilderness and nature recognizing the impact of naturalists and leaders within the environmental movements
  2. Apply principles of environmental stewardship
  3. Demonstrate responsible minimum impact wilderness travel
  4. Educate and advocate for the stewardship, protection, and conservation of wilderness

Program Assessment: 

The efficacy of the Adventure Leadership program will be measured in the demonstrated competence of its graduates.

Assessment Means:

  1. Written Exams
  2. Essays and Papers
  3. Practical Exams
  4. Practicum and Intern/externship Professional Evaluations
  5. Professional Certification
  6. Job Placement