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Park, Recreation and Tourism StudiesAccreditation & Learning Outcomes

Accreditation Information

The PRTS Program 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 data and additional evidence reflecting program academic quality and student achievement. Results for the most recent academic year (AY 2018-2019) follow:

  • 86% of the specification levels associated with the program's learning outcomes were exceeded.
  • Program evaluation results indicated 89% of students rated the PRTS program as excellent or outstanding.
  • 80% of students describe their PRTS internship experience as very good or outstanding.
  • Students report community-engaged learning and knowledgeable and dedicated faculty to be among the PRTS program's greatest strengths.

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 on the CHEA website.

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.

Learning Outcomes and University Accreditation

Old Dominion University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Below is a link to a report provided to ODU which assesses our learning outcomes.

AY 2020-2021 PRTS Assessment (WEAVE) Institutional Research Report to ODU

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