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PRM accreditation

PRM accreditation 

Professional accreditation

Our undergraduate major in parks and recreation management is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT is, in turn, accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

COAPRT standard 2.05.05 requires reporting of aggregated results of learning outcomes assessment.  Results for the most recent academic year (AY 2013) follow:

  • 83% of graduating seniors indicated "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with their overall academic experience.
  • Intern performance evaluation results exceeded specification levels.  Ninety-five percent of working professionals who supervised our interns indicated they would hire the student they supervised, and 100% of our students earned a passing grade in the internship class.  Specification level is 90% for each of these.
  • CHEA requires accredited institutions to inform the public about “degree and accreditation mills.”  Cautions concerning these are summarized at http://chea.org.  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 or program.  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.

University accreditation

Arizona State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The Higher Learning Commission is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This federally-recognized body provides assurance to students, parents and all stakeholders that ASU meets clear quality standards for educational and financial performance, http://www.ncahlc.org/.