(COAPRT) recognizes academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter the parks, recreation, tourism and related professions.
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Learning Outcomes Standards and Assessment Master’s Degree Read more

Learning Outcomes Standards and Assessment Master’s Degree

Over the course of the past two years the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professionals (COAPRT) has been reviewing opportunities for further development and enhancement of accreditation related to our profession. During this time, the Council has developed a concept to accredit master’s degree programs in parks, recreation, tourism and related professions.Within the Council there has been much input and dialogue on this concept, and now we are requesting input from accredited programs. Your input will be used to enhance and modify the standards and to make a final determination if COAPRT should proceed with accrediting master’s degrees in the field. If you have any questions on the concept outside of what is provided in the survey, please contact Chris Nunes, Ph.D, CPRE at cnunes@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov. Thank you for your time and thoughts on this matter, it is essential to helping us determine the next steps and to improve upon the initial concept. 

Academic Accreditation and COAPRT Program Visitor Training: A Symbol of Academic Excellence Read more

Academic Accreditation and COAPRT Program Visitor Training: A Symbol of Academic Excellence

Thursday April 15, 2021: 12-2:00 p.m. PT/1-3:00 p.m. MT/2-4:00 p.m. CT/3-5:00 p.m. EST (120 minutes) Familiarize yourself with COAPRT standards and procedures by participating in this training workshop. This training will provide an update on Council operations, recent changes to procedures, and provide an overview of COAPRT accreditation. Individuals interested in serving as accreditation site visitors will also have the opportunity to either initiate or update their status as site visitors. Those who are new to the accreditation process and want to learn more are welcome.

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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.