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Frostburg State University’s Recreation and Park Management Program received initial accreditation in 2000. Currently, the program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT accredits baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies offered at regionally accredited institutions within the United States and its territories, and at nationally accredited institutions in Canada and Mexico. In turn, COAPRT is accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Student Benefits from Accreditation
Accreditation is an assurance of quality in education. By earning your degree from an accredited program, students can earn a degree that is designed to prepare them for entry into the recreation and parks discipline. The accreditation process is designed to provide students with experiential experiences, hands-on training, active engagement in the community, and an up-to-date curriculum delivered by quality educators.
Suggested Additional Evidence of Compliance
The institution is required by COAPRT to publish aggregated results of learning outcomes or assessment results indicating the quality of the program. The following is a sampling of these materials.
There are three learning objectives for the program based on the COAPRT 7.00 accreditation standards. The learning goals are subdivided into three domains. The first relates to the foundations of the profession. The second focuses on programming, and the third focuses on management and utilizes the CPRP professional certification and CAPRA accreditation standards as a basis for the assessment. The assessment program was implemented in 2012.
As part of its assessment plan, practitioners in the field who are supervising student interns assess the ability of the program to prepare students for entry into the field. This is an overall program evaluation. Students are assessed in terms of the previous discussed learning objectives used to assess the program: foundations, programming, and administration. The second assessment by practitioner internship supervisors is on the CPRP (Certified Park and Recreation Professional) dimensions used in the certification process. These dimensions are financial, human resources, operations, and program. This component in the assessment plan was implemented in 2015.
Be Aware of Degree Mills
As part of the accreditation process, the program has the responsibility to inform the public about the harm of degree mills and accreditation mills. The following statement is important information about degree mills.
CHEA requires accredited institutions to inform the public about “degree and accreditation mills.” Cautions concerning these are summarized in a video that can be viewed at http://chea.org/public_info/video_degree_mills.asp. 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://chea.org/degreemills/default.htm.
Frostburg State University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267.284.5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
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