(COAPRT) recognizes academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter the parks, recreation, tourism and related professions.
Council on Accreditation
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COAPRT Visitor Training Scheduled for January 11, 2021 Read more

COAPRT Visitor Training Scheduled for January 11, 2021

This COAPRT visitor training is designed to assist spring 2021 visit teams in leading virtual accreditation visits. Topics covered will include scheduling, use of Zoom or other meeting outlets and helpful tips to assist in leading a successful visit.  Monday, January 11, 2021, at 9:00 PT/10:00 MT/11:00 CT/12:00 ET (60 minutes) via Zoom.

Fall 2020 COAPRT Memo Read more

Fall 2020 COAPRT Memo

December 3, 2020 - As a result of the pandemic, the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions introduced a two-year pilot program for virtual visits.  Additionally, the three scheduled spring 2020 visits were diverted to fall 2020 visits. We recognize the tremendous strain and impact the pandemic has had on educational institutions, the delivery of curriculum, challenges to internships, and stresses to individual lives. 

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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.