Community and Therapeutic Recreation

Accreditation

Professional Accreditation
The undergraduate program in recreation and parks management is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT is accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Students may choose a concentration in Community Recreation and Event Planning or Therapeutic Recreation.
COAPRT standard 2.05.05 requires reporting of aggregated results of learning outcomes assessment.  Results for the most recent academic year follow.

  • During AY 2012-2013, over 98% of our seniors successfully completed their professional internship. Intern performance evaluation results exceeded projected targets. Internships were conducted in a wide variety of settings such as municipal recreation and parks agencies, therapeutic recreation programs, youth serving organizations, and for-profit event companies.
  • Assessment of student learning outcomes, based upon COAPRT standards, exceeded target projections by an average of 9.2%.
  • During AY 2012-2013, 80% of CTR students who participated in the UNCG Graduating Senior Survey evaluated the quality of instruction in our major as “excellent.”
  • Departmental faculty advisors met with each student to establish a plan of study, provide direction in the selection of practica and internships, as well as career counseling.

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

University Accreditation
The University of North Carolina Greensboro is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.