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The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Accreditation

Professional Accreditation

Clemson University's Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT accredits baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies offered at regionally accredited institutions within the United States and its territories, and at nationally accredited institutions in Canada and Mexico. 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.  Results for the most recent academic year (AY 2013) follow:

Targets for all 7.0 series outcomes: 80% of students will pass a project/exam/assignment/exercise with a score of 70% or better.

  1. Students surpassed targets on the objective portion of the comprehensive final exam by an average of 11.84% (95% of students scored better than 70% on this portion of the final exam - average score was 81.84).
  2. Students surpassed targets on the essay portion of the comprehensive final exam by an average of 16.33% (99% of students scored better than 70% on this portion of the final exam - average score was 86.33).
  3. Students surpassed targets on the oral portion of the comprehensive final exam by an average of 17.17% (100% of students scored better than 70% on this portion of the final exam - average score was 87.17).
  4. Students surpassed targets on an agency based case study assignment by an average of 16.33% (99% of students scored better than 70% on this assignment - average score was 86.33).
  5. Students surpassed targets on a comprehensive written program plan project by an average of 16.71% (97% of students scored better than 70% on this project - average score was 86.71).
  6. Students surpassed targets on a program implementation exercise by an average of 21.54% (100% of students scored better than 70% on this exercise - average score was 91.54).
  7. Students surpassed targets on a program evaluation project by an average of 13.81% (95% of students scored better than 70% on this exercise - average score was 83.81%).
  8. More than 8 out of 10 PRTM interns were rated by their supervisor as being either Above Average or Excellent on each of the 10 professional dimensions outlined by national accreditation standards.
  9. Ninety-four percent (94%) of all intern supervisors last year indicated they would hire their student intern if they had a job opening.

Be Aware of Degree and Accreditation Mills

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 at http://chea.org/public_info/video_degree_mills.asp.  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, http://chea.org/degreemills/default.htm.

University Accreditation

Clemson University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the bachelor's, master's, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Clemson University.

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