Parks and Conservation

There is a long-standing tradition of SRU alumni who have studied and worked hard to protect and manage some of the greatest places on earth. These land managers started as students in the Parks and Resource Management Program through Parks and Conservation, and are now working in some truly amazing places. The PRM program prepares students for challenging careers in conservation and preservation. As in the past, future managers will also need to balance resource protection and management while allowing the public to play. This is at the heart of what a land manager does on a daily basis. Whether it is a national park, state park, or a local nature center a new adventure is just around the corner.

SRU students work hard in the classroom and are rewarded in the field. In what other job could you call Yosemite National Park or Moraine State Park your office? Want to get started on a path to a great career that most people only wish they had the chance to pursue? Contact us today and let us help you get that adventure started.


Parks and Conservation Accreditation

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The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (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. Slippery Rock University's Department of Parks and Conservation has been preparing students for professional careers in parks and recreation since 1969. The Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation with tracks in Park Resource Management and Resort, Recreation, and Hospitality Management. All students complete a common core of courses as well as a program track to concentrate on their specific area of interest. Both tracks culminate in a twelve-credit internship. The program has been accredited since 2001. The next COAPRT review will take place in 2018.

For more information on COAPRT accreditation, please visit their website. Information for 2015 evidence reflecting program academic quality and student achievement can be found in the 2015 PRM Assessment Plan.

Important Information Regarding Degree Mills

Please watch this important youtube 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."