Frostburg State University's Recreation and Parks Management Program was granted continuing accreditation by the National Recreation and Parks Association/American Association for Leisure and Recreation at its October meeting.
Accreditation is a distinction that applies to all of FSU's collaborative programs with Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), Garrett College and Allegany College of Maryland. In addition, the organization commended FSU for those collaborative programs with community colleges.
About 100 programs nationwide have achieved accreditation; FSU is the only accredited recreation program in Maryland. Accreditation allows graduates of the FSU program to sit immediately for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional exam. Graduates of non-accredited programs are required to complete additional professional experience before sitting for the examination.
FSU's recreation program has nearly 130 students on campus, and about 60 students at its three other locations. The collaborative programs are in adventure sports at Garrett College, hospitality management and tourism at Allegany College of Maryland and the full bachelor's degree program at Community College of Baltimore County at Catonsville.
"The programs that we've developed with community colleges are on the forefront of what other universities are being encouraged to do," said Dr. Robert B. Kauffman, director of the recreation program and a professor of Recreation and Parks.
For more information about FSU's Recreation program, contact Kauffman at (301) 687-4461 or visit the Web site at www.frostburg.edu/rpm.