June 22, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU sport management major first in U.S. to earn accreditation
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is the first of two universities in the nation to have its sport management program accredited by the newly formed Commission on Sport Management Accreditation based in Reston, Va.
"Our sport management program has always been among our most innovative and expanding programs, and to have it be among the first programs in the nation to earn accreditation speaks to its work in presenting a quality program," said Robert Smith, SRU president.
"At Slippery Rock University accreditation is a continuing goal for all of our programs. Accreditation serves as a seal of approval, telling current students, potential students, their parents, our alumni and employers that our programs offer quality and standards that are at or exceed national academic standards. Accreditation clearly shows that our faculty and our facilities provide opportunities that allow students to succeed."
More than 150 SRU students are enrolled in the sport management major.
The Commission on Sport Management Accreditation, which formed in 2008 specializes as an accrediting body whose purpose is to promote and recognize excellence in sport management education in colleges and universities at the baccalaureate and graduate levels. Institutions, students, employers and the general public all benefit from the external verification of quality provided through COSMA's accreditation process, Heather Alderman, program manager at COMA, said. Ten other U.S. universities and colleges are undergoing review.
SRU's accreditation runs through June 2017.
"As a leading sport management program in the nation, we certainly wanted to earn COSMA accreditation, and we are excited to be the first in the nation to earn the honor," said Robin Ammon, sport management professor and department chair. "We applied and began the work to earn accreditation just as soon as COSMA began accepting applications. By following COSMA's guidelines and recommendations, our program will continue to grow and serve our students by ensuring that our courses meet and exceed national standards."
Programs earning accreditation benefit from the process through continuous quality improvement that is encouraged by COSMA's developmental approach to promoting excellence in sport management education.
The accreditation process included a comprehensive self-study that addressed eight principles set by COSMA and an on-campus evaluation review.
In granting SRU's accreditation, COSMA wrote, "SRU's sport management bachelor of science degree provides practical undergraduate education with a focus on student development in the field of sport business. The faulty encourages students' intellectual, personal and professional growth through a challenging academic program augmented by relevant experiential requirements. As one of the oldest academic sport management programs in the county they are committed to maintaining their reputation as one of the sport industry's premier partners in sport management education."
"While Slippery Rock University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education at the universitywide level and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education at the College of Education level, it is exciting to have our sport management earn its accreditation from COSMA," said Kathleen Strickland, interim dean for SRU's College of Education.
"I know the sport management faculty spent considerable time and effort reviewing and updating their program to ensure they would meet COSMA's demanding standards. The on-campus visit by COSMA evaluators was extensive and comprehensive. Evaluators met with faculty, staff and alumni to develop a comprehensive picture of the efforts put into our program, and I am pleased that they saw we have and will continue to offer a quality program to our students," she said.
For more information about SRU's sport management program visit: http://www.academics.sruedu/spmt/index.html.
Also earning accreditation in COSMA's first round was Saint Leo University.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.