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Cal Poly RPTA Academic Quiz Bowl Team Captures 3rd National Title in 5 Years!

2014 National Quiz Bowl Champions

Pictured (left to right): Hayley De Carolis, Jennifer Kiesewetter, Mike Higgins (captain), & Josh Pighetti. Dr. Brian Greenwood served as the head coach. Congratulations to the team for making Cal Poly and RPTA proud!

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Our Vision

The Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration's vision is to promote healthy lifestyles, protect memorable places, and facilitate life-enhancing experiences. This vision is realized through the tagline... LIVE. PROTECT. EXPLORE.

Our Values and Mission

The core values that guide the RPTA Department's interactions with students, parents, alumni, professionals, faculty, staff, administrators, advisory council members and the community involve:

  • Life-long learning
  • Sustainability
  • Diversity
  • Leadership development
  • Service
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Celebration

These values help us achieve our mission:
To advance leadership and knowledge in recreation, parks, and tourism.


The Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration undergraduate program 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.