The Purpose of Accreditation

What is the Purpose of Accreditation?

Accreditation has two fundamental purposes:

  • to assure quality
  • to assure improvement

It cannot guarantee the quality of individual graduates or of individual courses, but it gives reasonable assurance of the context and quality of the education offered. A further benefit to the accredited program is broader recognition in the academic community and the professional field. Employers can be assured that graduates of accredited programs are fully qualified for entry level positions. Students from accredited programs are eligible to sit for the Certified Park & Recreation Professional (CPRP) examination, a recognized credential in the field. Learn More