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 Accreditation and Assessment 




Parks and Recreation Accreditation
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 Recreation 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.

For 2013 evidence reflecting program academic quality and student achievement please see the SRU Parks and Recreation COAPRT 7.0 series matrix.

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.” Read more on CHEA’s website.

Featured Student:
Christine Kercell

Christine Kercell - Featured Student

Parks and Recreation Program Outcomes

  • Communication
  • Graphic & Technological Communication
  • Utilization of Professional Planning Tools and Instruments
  • Problem Solving
  • Facilities Evaluation & Management
  • Visitor Services
  • Leadership
  • Administration
  • Foundations
  • Programming
  • Recreation Resource Management
  • Practical Professional Experience
  • Diversity
  • Valuing Ethical Responsibility