Accreditation Important in Academics

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The NRPA/AALR Council on Accreditation, formally established in 1974 and jointly sponsored by NRPA and the American Association for Leisure and Recreation (AALR), conducts the process of accreditation for park, recreation and leisure services curricula. The council meets twice annually to review accredited programs, to revise and update the standards for accreditation and the procedures for program review, and to conduct the business of the council. The 10 members are appointed by the two sponsoring organizations and include educators, practitioners and a public representative. The council was first recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA) in 1986 and is now recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation, (CHEA), successor to COPA. As a CHEA-recognized accrediting body, the council meets specific procedural and organizational criteria necessary for effectively conducting the accrediting process.

The council is also a member of the Association for Professional and Specialized Accreditors, or ASPA, which serves the interests of these accrediting bodies. Here are a list of accredited universities:

ARKANSAS

Arkansas Tech University

Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Hospitality Admin.

First accredited: April 1997

Next review: April 2007

University of Arkansas

Recreation Program, Dept. Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Recreation & Dance

First accredited: October 1996

Next review: October 2006

ARIZONA

Arizona State University

School of Community Resources and Development

First accredited: October 1994

Next review: October 2009

Arizona State University West

Dept. of Recreation & Tourism Management

First accredited: October 1994

Next review: October 2009

Northern Arizona University

Parks and Recreation Management Program

First accredited: October 10999

Next review: October 2009

CALIFORNIA

Calif. Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo

Recreation Administration Program, Natural Resources Management Department

First accredited: April 1986

Next review: October 2006

California State University, Chico

Department of Recreation and Parks Management

First accredited: October 1986

Next review: October 2006

California State University, Fresno

Recreation Administration & Leisure Studies

First accredited: October 1984

Next review: October 2009

California State University, Long Beach

Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

First accredited: October 1982

Next review: October 2007

California State University, Sacramento

Dept. of Recreation & Leisure Studies

First accredited: October 1979

Next review: October 2004

San Diego State University

Department of Recreation

First accredited: October 1981

Next review: October 2006

San Francisco State University

Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

First accredited: October 1990

Next review: October 2005

San Jose State University

Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

First accredited: April 1987

Next review: October 2007

COLORADO

Colorado State University

Dept. of Natural Resource Recreation & Tourism

First accredited: October 1986

Next review: October 2006

Metropolitan State College of Denver

Dept of Human Performance, Sport & Leisure

First accredited: April 1990

Next review: April 2005

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Gallaudet University

Recreation & Leisure Studies, PER Dept. …