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PRTS Accreditation, Learning Outcomes and Program History  


Accreditation Information                                    

The PRTS Program 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:

  • All (100%) of the specification levels associated with our learning outcomes were exceeded.
  • Intern performance evaluation results exceeded specification levels indicating students are very satisfied to extremely satisfied with the PRTS Curriculum.
  • The average student rating of the quality of instruction in our undergraduate classes was 4.25 on a 5-point scale.
  • Our strongest areas in PRTS are in program advising and service learning opportunities.

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 .

Learning Outcomes and University Accreditation

Old Dominion University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Below is a link to a report provided to ODU which assesses our learning outcomes.

PRTS Assessment (WEAVE) Institutional Research Report to ODU

2014 COAPRT Academic Annual Report



PRTS has been continuously accredited since 1984, celebrating 30 years of accreditation.