(COAPRT) recognizes academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter the parks, recreation, tourism and related professions.
Council on Accreditation
THE VALUE OF ACCREDITATION

Quality

Accountability

Achievement

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COAPRT Advisory on COVID-19

The Council on Accreditation of Recreation, Parks, Tourism and Related Professions acknowledges the recommendations of the federal government, state-specific stay-at-home orders, and university-specific requirements have affected COAPRT-accredited programs in a variety of ways. 

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Call for Nomination Educator Representative - Extended to May 31

The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT), is the national body that accredits Baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, and related professions.  The Council consists of ten members who represent the profession, including five educators from accredited institutions, three practitioners, one college/university administrator holding an academic appointment of administrative rank, and one public representative.

 

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Accreditation Overview 

Undergraduate baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies are eligible to apply for accreditation.

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Accredited Programs

Search our database of 71 accredited programs specializing in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation and leisure studies, and be assured of a quality education that empowers you to suceed in your chosen field. 

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Visitor Resources

COAPRT Visitors serve a critical role in the accreditation process by visiting academic programs to evaluate compliance with the standards from an on-the-ground perspective. Visitors serve as the "eyes and ears" of the Council.

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The Council

About the Council on Accreditation of Recreation, Parks, Tourism and Related Professions
Through formal review and accreditation of higher education curricula, the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) protects students, families, sponsoring bodies, colleges, universities, employers, and the public by ensuring that those enrolled in accredited programs are provided a quality education that empowers them to succeed in parks, recreation, tourism and related specialization professions.

The purposes of the Council are to:

  1. Advance academic quality in teaching, learning, research and service;
  2. Demonstrate accountability fostering public awareness, confidence, and investment; and
  3. Encourage planning for change and improvement through assessment of quality, especially student achievement.