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STHM Accreditation Statement:

Temple University’s Sport & Recreation Management Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).  Temple STHM was first accredited in 1978, and the academic program(s) were reaccredited every 5 years since 1978.  This means that Temple University was one of the first university programs to become accredited through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).  Other accreditations have been discussed (i.e., North American Society of Sport Management (NASSM), and International –CHRIE, the Council for Tourism and Hospitality Educators), but neither of their accrediting bodies have been recognized by the Council for Higher Education Association (CHEA).  The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (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.

The following data exemplifies how Temple University’s STHM program meets the learning outcomes relevant to COAPRT Standards:

Standard 7.01 – Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate the following entry-level knowledge: a) the nature and scope of the relevant park, recreation, tourism or related professions and their associated industries; b) techniques and processes used by professionals and workers in these industries; and c) the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy.

Assessment: Embedded Test Questions – Within our lower level Foundations of Leisure course a series of questions (27) have been developed to reflect the most current literature relative to the foundation, history and philosophy of the leisure, recreation and sport profession. The questions are embedded in a series of quizzes administered throughout the semester. 

Results: During the 2012-2013 academic year, 76% (348 of 458) of the students who took the quizzes on average scored 70% or better on the series of Foundation related questions within the quizzes.

Standard 7.02 – Students graduating from STHM will be able to demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.

Assessment: New Business Community Profile Paper – Students are assigned a diverse City within the US for which they must first assess the types of programs, services and organizations offering inclusive or specialized services focusing on the diverse consumers represented within the City. They must then identify an organization with strong diversity-related initiatives and policies as a model for which they will design a new business and use as a measure of standard for providing services for diverse consumers.

Results: During the 2012-2013 academic year, 94% (383 of 408) of the students scored 70% or better on the assignment.

Standard 7.03 – Students graduating from STHM will be able to demonstrate entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management/administration in parks, recreation, tourism and/or related professions.

Internship Supervisor Evaluation: One of the Direct Measures of the internship is a final evaluation by the internship Supervisor.  A key set of distinct questions that assess the Knowledge level of students is asked of every supervisor.  Criterion includes 10 criterion 1) applies sport and recreation principles, 2) analyze, evaluate and interpret information to solve challenges, 3) evaluates the logic, validity and relevance of information, 4) devises multiple options before deciding on final solution, 5) uses self-reflection to enhance own performance, 6) introduces new ideas and approaches, 7) exercises good judgment, 8) capability to confront new situations, 9) implements new sport and recreation information, and  10) demonstrates imagination and creativity.

Results: An analysis of this set of (Knowledge Criterion) questions reveals that during the 2012-2013 academic year (N=265) scored and average of 4.50 on a 5.0 scale in terms of Knowledge competency.  100% of students completed the Senior Internship requirement.

Temple University is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) is the only accreditation of recreation, park resources and leisure services curricula recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

For more information on STHM COAPRT accreditation, contact:
Dr. Betsy Barber, PhD
Associate Dean
School of Tourism and Hospitality Management
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

For more information on COAPRT accreditation, contact the Council on Accreditation at
800.626.NRPA (6772), or write to:

Council on Accreditation
Professional Services Division
National Recreation and Park Association
22377 Belmont Ridge Road
Ashburn, VA 20148-4501

Important Information Regarding Degree Mills: Please watch this important video regarding degree and accreditation mills.  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.