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Welcome to Shepherd University's Recreation and Leisure Studies accreditation homepage!
The Recreation and Leisure Studies program hosted a site team visit from the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) during Spring of 2014. COAPRT is the academic accreditation branch of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
Using evidence-based data and data-driven results and continuous improvement outcomes from the program's planning documents, Shepherd University's Recreation and Leisure Studies self study will demonstrate how it complies with the standards of excellence set by COAPRT in its Learning Outcomes Standards and Assessment.
Recreation and Leisure Studies Program
The Recreation Baccalaureate Degree in the HPERS department at Shepherd University focuses on the management of Recreation and Leisure Services. The curriculum consists of core courses that prepare students for a variety of careers in the recreation/sport field. Within this program are seven (6) specializations: Sport and Event Management; Public Recreation and Park Administration; Sport Marketing; Therapeutic Recreation; Sport Communications; and Athletic Coaching and Officiating. Accreditation is sought for the professional program only.
Recreation and Leisure Studies Program Learning Outcomes
shall demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the
histories, philosophies, and various professions
associated with Recreation and Leisure. (Related to
COAPRT Standard 7.01).
Council on Accreditation of Parks,
Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT)
Important Information Regarding Degree Mills
Please watch this important video (http://youtu.be/a1voHNMQDrk) 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 (http://www.chea.org/degreemills/). COAPRT is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Association
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