Accreditation

Accreditation is a process that assures the educational community and the general public that an institution or a program has clearly defined and appropriate objectives and maintains conditions under which their achievement can reasonably be expected. It encourages improvement through continuous self-study and review. It fosters excellence in postsecondary education through the development of principles and guidelines for assessing educational effectiveness. Accreditations can be for the university, colleges, departments or specific programs.

Recreation & Leisure Studies, Therapeutic Recreation, and, Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management programs at Southern Connecticut State University are in the process of becoming accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT recognizes academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter the parks, recreation, tourism and related professions COAPRT Accreditation is a status granted to an academic program that meets or exceeds stated criteria of educational quality. In the United States, accreditation of professional preparation curricula is conferred by non-governmental bodies, which are often closely associated with professional associations in the field. COAPRT accredits baccalaureate degree programs in this profession. COAPRT is accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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.

 

Program Evaluation

COAPRT standard 2.05.05 requires reporting of aggregated results of learning outcomes assessment. Results for the most recent academic year (2020/2021) follow
   

Recreation & Leisure Studies (core):

  • Standard 7.01: During the 2020-2021 academic year, 80% of the students scored an 80% or above on written exam 1, 2, and 3 demonstrating entry level knowledge of the organization of public, non-profit, and commercial recreation and park agencies.
  • Standard 7.02: During the 2020-2021 academic year, 73% of students scored a 75% or above on the program design project demonstrating the ability to design a recreation program to facilitate targeted human experiences and embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.
  • Standard 7.03: During the 2020-2021 academic year, 89% of students scored a 80% or above on the Professional Portfolio that includes management philosophy, employee recruitment materials, budget, marketing campaign, and risk management plan.
       

Therapeutic Recreation:

  • Standard 7.01: During the 2020-2021 academic year, 69% of students scored 80 or above on final exam demonstrating entry level knowledge of the scope of the TR profession and it’s associated delivery systems, and the foundations of the TR profession.
  • Standard 7.02: During the 2020-2021 academic year, 89% of students scored 80 or above for case studies (5) assignment demonstrating the ability to design, implement, and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.
  • Standard 7.03: During the 2020-2021 academic year, 77% of students scored 80 or above on program development assignment demonstrating entry-level knowledge about the management and administration of TR services.
       

Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management:

  • Standard 7.01: During the 2020-2021 academic year, 83% of the students scored an 80% or above on the final project in REC 363 Event Management. Students demonstrated competence in identifying and implementing techniques and processes used by professionals and workers in the event industry.
  • Standard 7.02: During the 2020-2021 academic year 62% of students scored 80% or above on the midterm questions measuring an understanding of the economic and environmental impacts of tourism development.
  • Standard 7.03: During the 2020-2021 academic year, 95% of the students scored an 80% or above on the personal final skills assessment demonstrating an integrated understanding of entrepreneurship through the development and implementation of the event business plan.