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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 Mission

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

1. Students shall demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the histories, philosophies, and various professions associated with Recreation and Leisure. (Related to COAPRT Standard 7.01).
2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of current issues and trends in the Recreation and Leisure Services discipline (7.01).
3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of inclusion and diversity in the recreation, leisure, and sport industry (7.02).
4. Students will possess the ability to design, plan, implement, and evaluate a variety of programs and activities in fields of recreation, sport, outdoor recreation and/or therapeutic Recreation (7.02).
5. Seniors will demonstrate an understanding of programmatic and facility management/administration in recreation, leisure, and sport (7.03)
6. Students will effectively identify and demonstrate leadership qualities needed in the Recreation and Leisure Studies work place (7.03).
7. Graduates will successfully complete an intensive internship receiving favorable feedback in the areas of professionalism, programming, and management (7.04).

Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT)
"COAPRT recognizes academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter the parks, recreation tourism and related professions. COAPRT Accreditation is a status granted to an academic program that meets or exceeds stated criteria of educational quality. In the United States, accreditation of professional preparation curricula is conferred by non-governmental bodies, which are often closely assocatied with professional associations in the field. COAPRT accredits baccalaureate degree programs in this profession". (Retrieved from 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


Shepherd University Recreation and Leisure Program Self-Study | P.O. Box 5000 | Butcher Center
Shepherdstown, West Virginia | 25443-5000 | 304-876-5000 | 800-344-5231