Professional Accreditation

The Recreation, Sport and Tourism Management major is comprised of a common core of courses and offers tracks in community recreation and park resources, therapeutic recreation, sport operations management, and tourism and hospitality management.

IMAGEThe core curriculum is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT is accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

A requirement of our accreditation is to routinely provide reliable information to the public on performance, including student achievement and graduation rates.


Graduation Rates

During the Academic Year 2012-2013, our 6-year graduation rate was 90% (i.e. 19 of 21 students graduated within six years of enrollment).


Program Outcomes

COAPRT standard 2.05.05 requires reporting of aggregated results of learning outcomes assessment. The following results are for the most recent academic year from which data are available (AY 2011-2012):

1. The average student rating of quality of instruction in our classes was 3.4 on a 4 point scale.
2. 100% of year 2010 and 2011 graduates who responded to a 6-month alumni survey reported they were either employed or attending graduate school.
3. Course-specific learning outcomes are as follows:


COAPRT Outcome 7.01: Demonstrate knowledge of the recreation, sport and tourism professions’ scope and practices and the historical, scientific, and philosophical foundations of these professions.

91 percent of students met or exceeded a score of 70% or better, and 39 percent of students achieved a score of 80% or better, on an assignment evaluating their comprehension, synthesis, and application of the relationship between a historic federal act and outdoor recreation. The assignment required students to report on the historical framework of the act, its major proponents/detractors, influence on outdoor recreation, and implications for the future.


COAPRT Outcome 7.02: Demonstrate ability to plan, implement, and evaluate recreation, sport and tourism encounters for target experiential and learning outcomes among diverse clientele, settings, cultures and contexts.

100 percent of students met or exceeded a score of 80% or better on an assignment evaluating their ability to design, implement, lead, and deliver recreation programs.


COAPRT Outcome 7.03: Demonstrate ability to understand and apply principles and procedures of management and administration, marketing and public relations, finance, and human resources management in organizations that provide recreation, sport and tourism experiences.

100 percent of students met or exceeded a score of 80 percent on an assignment evaluating their ability to write an entry-level facility operations risk management plan


COAPRT Outcome 7.04: Demonstrate through a comprehensive internship the ability to use diverse, structured ways of thinking to solve problems related to different facets of professional practice, engage in advocacy, and stimulate innovations.

Advanced Field Experience Students consistently earned high scores overall (i.e. good to exceptional performance) in site supervisor final evaluations of student competencies in leadership; organizational skills and professional knowledge; and professional service skills.

The pass rate of students taking Advanced Field Experience is 100%.


Important Information Regarding Degree Mills

Please watch this important video 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.


University Accreditation

The University of St. Francis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools