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Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions logoThe undergraduate Recreation and Sport Management program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT). The COAPRT recognizes academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter the parks, recreation, tourism, and related professions. COAPRT Accreditation is a status granted to an academic program that meets or exceeds stated criteria of educational quality.

COAPRT is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Evidence of Academic Program Quality

Pursuant to COAPRT standard 2.05.05 “The program annually posts the most current 7.0 series data and additional evidence reflecting program academic quality and student achievement on their program and/or departmental website. Such information shall be consistent with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requirements” the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies annually provides two pieces of evidence that attest to the academic  quality of the Therapeutic Recreation and Sport Management programs. For the Therapeutic Recreation program, see the results of the most current aggregated results from the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) examination. For our Sport Management program, see the aggregated results from the evaluation of interns that were submitted by internship supervisors.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, COAPRT has allowed programs to be modify what is required of students who are completing an internship. During this time, our Sport Management program will still require students to complete an internship, though it may be fewer than 400 clock hours. It may also be completed at one or more worksites related to the sport/recreation industry, and may also be completed remotely. Students are also able to supplement their hours by completing different sport/recreation related training sessions or watching webinars to help them develop as professionals.

Degree and Accreditation Mills

Please watch this important video regarding degree and accreditation mills:

According to CHEA, “Degree mills and accreditation mills mislead and harm. In the United States, degrees and certificates from mills may not be acknowledged by other institutions when students seek to transfer or go to graduate school. Employers may not acknowledge degrees and certificates from degree mills when providing tuition assistance for continuing education. “Accreditation” from an accreditation mill can mislead students and the public about the quality of an institution. In the presence of degree mills and accreditation mills, students may spend a good deal of money and receive neither an education nor a useable credential.” Read more on CHEA’s website.

Visit the university’s website for accreditation for more information.