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Recreation & Tourism Management Program Accreditation

Professional Accreditation


Our undergraduate major in Recreation & Tourism 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 and other evidence of program academic quality. Results for the most recent academic year (AY 2021-2022) follow:

  • Student performance on learning outcomes that address COAPRT Standards 7.01-7.04 exceeded a 70% achievement target by 17%.
  • 100% of student interns met or exceeded expectations on their supervisor final evaluation; 80% of students exceeded expectations (scored 90% or higher).
  • Undergraduate students are mentored by senior faculty and obtain advising and course scheduling support via a professionally staffed advisement center. (CBSS Advisement Center)
  • 88% of student interns secured professional employment within parks, recreation, and tourism organizations, or were admitted to graduate school within six months of their final academic semester. 

Additional evidence of student achievement and academic quality may be discerned in the following documents. Please contact Program Coordinator to obtain copies of these documents.

  • COAPRT Series 7.0 Learning Outcomes Performance
  • SACSCOC Recreation & Tourism Management Program Assessment Report

How to Identify Reputable Academic Programs

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

Georgia Southern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Last updated: 10/25/2023