(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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COAPRT Academic Accreditation: Visitor Training April 15, 2020 Read more

COAPRT Academic Accreditation: Visitor Training April 15, 2020

Pre-registration required. (Click here to register) Familiarize yourself with COAPRT standards and procedures by attending this training workshop. This training will provide an update on Council operations following its transition to an independent organization, 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. 

Advisory Impact of COVID-19 on COAPRT Accreditation Read more

Advisory Impact of COVID-19 on COAPRT Accreditation

COAPRT recognizes that all schools are working hard to address all the changes brought about by COVID-19.  Accreditation-related concerns should come far after the health of your colleagues and students or the delivery of your academic program.  With that in mind, COAPRT has decided the following:

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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.