Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration

Accreditation

The Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration Department's Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration Program at Western Illinois is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and related professions.  The RPTA Department's Therapeutic Recreation Program is also accredited by COAPRT.  The following links provide information about COAPRT and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The site also includes links to CHEA's information addressing degree mills and their video addressing degree and accreditation mills.

Important Information Regarding Degree Mills

Please watch this important video (http://youtu.be/a1voHNMQDrk) 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 (http://www.chea.org/degreemills/).

Western Illinois University's Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration Department is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) accredits baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sports management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies offered at regionally accredited institutions in Canada, and Mexico.

The RPTA Department has maintained continuous accreditation for Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration and Therapeutic Recreation programs since October 13, 1978.