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Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration

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The Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration is a nationally accredited program in Recreation Administration that prepares students to work professionally in several areas of the recreation an leisure industry spectrum.

Important to students, parents, faculty, and university administration, this page contains information related to our accreditation standards, the dangers of degree mills, certifications for Recreation Therapy and Recreation and Park Management, and elements of the department's strategic plan.

What is COAPRT Accreditation?

An important acronym for universities with accredited programs in Recreation Administration is COAPRT. RPTA is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of 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.

You can learn more about COAPRT Accreditation for universities and colleges on the website for the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

RPTA's Accredited Programs and Program Quality Information

The department's Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration has been accredited since 1978, making it the oldest accredited program of Recreation Administration in the state of California. This accreditation covers the core curriculum for both the Recreation and Park Management Concentration and the Recreation Therapy Concentration. In spring 2014 the department chose to be reviewed for separate accreditations for each concentration. Please visit the links below for more information and data on the department's learning outcomes, assessments and other related information. (The information given below is consistent with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requirements.)

RPTA 2014 Self-Study Documents and Assessments:

The university's Office of Institutional Research (OIR) keeps annual statistics related to graduation rates, faculty workloads, student body diversity, student GPAs, courseloads, retention rates, FTE, faculty/student ratios, etc. Please review the department Fact Book for this information.