SUNY Cortland's Recreation, Parks & Leisure Studies Department is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). The program at SUNY Cortland was first accredited in 1990, and is only one of three programs in the state of New York with accreditation status. In addition, it is the only university in the state with four accredited options in addition to the generalist core.
Accreditation is a status granted to an academic institution or program that meets established criteria for education quality. The purpose of accreditation is to assure quality and continual improvement. Accredited programs have undergone a rigorous process of self assessment and peer review and have met standards established by the profession itself as essential to educate graduates for competence in entry level positions in the field.
SUNY Cortland is an accredited program. In addition, the following areas are accredited:
- Leisure/Recreation Program Delivery
- Natural Resources Recreation Management
- Recreation Management
- Therapeutic Recreation
Information on SUNY Cortland's Accreditation
The Council on Accreditation is itself accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
For more information on COA accreditation, contact the Council on Accreditation at (703) 858-2150 or write to:
Council on Accreditation
Professional Services Division
National Recreation and Park Association
22377 Belmont Ridge Road
Ashburn, VA 20148-4501