Baccalaureate Programs in Recreation, Park Resources, and Leisure Services
The National Recreation and Park Association in cooperation with the American Association of Leisure and Recreation now accredits one hundred academic programs in 38 states, the District of Columbia, and the province of Ontario. Currently, three more institutions are seeking accreditation.
Accredited programs must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NRPA/AALR Council on Accreditation. In addition to standards related to the institution, the faculty, student services, and instructional resources, each accredited program must be able to document specific professional competencies within the academic program.
All accredited programs must comply with eight broad categories of standards addressing the "professional program." In addition, individual programs may be accredited in one or more of four recognized options. These options include (1) Leisure Services Management, (2) Natural Resources Recreation Management, (3) Leisure/Recreation Program Delivery, and (4) Therapeutic Recreation. Each option requires compliance with specific standards relevant to that option.
With the growth in numbers of institutions seeking accreditation and the required five-year cycle for continued accreditation review, the Council on Accreditation is recruiting professionals to serve as members of the visiting teams. Visitation teams include both educators and professional practitioners. And representatives from all sectors of the recreation, park resources, and leisure services profession are needed. Information on qualifications and training to become a visitor may be requested from Jeanne Houghton at NRPA.
The most up-to-date list of accredited institutions is on the NRPA website at http://www.activeparks.org/education/. This site also has an overview of accreditation, a complete list of the current members of the Council on Accreditation, and a schedule of upcoming program reviews.
Accredited by the NRPA/AALR Council on Accreditation
This list is updated on an ongoing basis and is printed in Parks and Recreation magazine in February. Accreditation information is revised after the spring and fall Council meetings. For more information contact Jeanne Houghton, Accreditation Coordinator
Codes For Accredited Options:
A = Leisure Services Management
B = Natural Resources Recreation Management
C = Leisure/Recreation Program Delivery
D = Therapeutic Recreation
ARKANSAS Arkansas Tech University Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Hospitality Admin. Dr. Theresa Herrick, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. & Head Williamson Hall 106 Russellville, AR 72801 PH 501-968-0378; FX 501-968-0600 Email: email@example.com Website: http://syssci.atu.edu/dept.htm First accredited: 4/97; Next review: 4/02 Accredited Options: none University of Arkansas Recreation Program, Dept. Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Recreation & Dance Dr. Steve Langsner, Program Coordinator HPER 306-R Fayetteville, AR 72701 PH 501-575-2857; FX 501-575-6401 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.uark.edu/depts/coehp/site.ht First accredited: 10/96; Next review: 10/01 Accredited Options: none ARIZONA Arizona State University - Main Campus Dept. of Recreation Management and Tourism Dr. Carlton Yoshioka, Chair Moeur 131 Tempe, AZ 85287-4905 PH 480-965-7291; FX 480-965-5664 Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.asu.edu/copp/recreation/ First accredited: 10/94; Next review: 10/04 Accredited Options: none Arizona State University West Dept. of Recreation & Tourism Management Dr. Richard Gitelson, Chair 4701 West Thunderbird Glendale, AZ 85306-4908 PH 602-543-6617; FX 602-543-6612 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.west.asu.edu/chs/RTM/index.htm First accredited: 10/94; Next review: October 2004 Accredited Options: none Northern Arizona University Parks and Recreation Management Program Dr. …