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 2014/2015) follow:
- Intern performance evaluation results exceeded specification levels. One hundred percent of internship site supervisors report that they agree or strongly agree that their internship student was prepared for the task required of him/her. Approximately 70% of internship site supervisors reported strongly agreeing that students were prepared. And 94% of site supervisors were very satisfied with their interns.
- The average student rating of the quality of instruction in our undergraduate classes was 4.63 on a 5-point scale.
- The RMP six-year graduation rate for the academic year 2014/15 was 84%.
- Over 99% of RMP students agreed or strongly agreed that they were satisfied with their academic advising in the academic year 2014/15.
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).
Therapeutic Recreation Option Accreditation
The Therapeutic Recreation Option in RMP has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs-Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education (CAAHEP-CARTE) since January of 2015. We view this accreditation as an excellent mechanism for ensuring our students graduate with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities for 21st century health care practice.
Student Outcomes: We offer the following metrics for your consideration of the professional preparedness of UNH RMP TR Option students:
- Internship Performance Evaluation AY 2014-15- Of the 33 TR Option students completing their capstone internship experience, 100% of students were rated by their clinical internship supervisors as having either met or exceeded expectations for performance on all required competencies. Competency ratings are based upon CARTE-specified knowledge, skills, and abilities as well as the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) Standards for the Practice of Recreational Therapy.
- National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) Exam Pass Rate- for the testing period covering 2013 through May 2015, first-time test candidates from UNH achieved a pass rate of 89.7% in comparison to the national pass rate of 76% during the same testing period.