Our undergraduate major in Recreation Management and Policy 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. Results for the most recent academic year (AY 2012/2013) follow:
- Intern performance evaluation results exceeded specification levels. Ninety-two percent of working professionals who supervised our interns were satisfied or extremely satisfied with their student interns. More than 80% of internship site supervisors agreed or strongly agreed that their student intern was prepared for the task required of him/her.
- The average student rating of the quality of instruction in our undergraduate classes was 4.43 on a 5-point scale.
- The RMP six-year graduation rate for the academic year 2012/13 was 81%.
- Over 96% of RMP students agreed or strongly agreed that they were satisfied with their academic advising in the academic year 2012/13.
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 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.
Read more on CHEA’s website, http://chea.org/degreemills/default.htm.
The University of New Hampshire is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) which in turn is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE).