The ECU Recreation and Park Management Program in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, College of Health and Human Performance has received a formal seven-year reaccreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions.
The COARPT commended the program for 30 years of quality leadership as evidenced by continuous accreditation over that period of time.
As part of the reaccreditation process, the department prepared a self study examining all parts of its program from available resources, to student services, to curriculum.
To maintain accreditation the program must undergo a rigorous review and demonstrate compliance with a variety of standards. The RPM program elected to serve as an early adopter of new standards that will be required of all programs beginning in 2013.
The 2013 standards center on student learning outcomes in four main areas: foundations of the professions, provision of services and programs, management and administration, and a professional internship.