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Recreation and Park Administration

Welcome to the Recreation and Park Administration program! Recreation is critical for healthy and stable communities.  Our faculty is committed to preparing students to deliver quality leisure and recreation experiences to citizens of all ages and skill levels in diverse community settings! 

The mission of the Recreation and Park Administration program is to promote the healthy use of leisure through exemplary teaching, focused research, and professional service.

Students may choose from two sequences within the Recreation and Park Administration major:

To apply for acceptance into Recreation and Park Administration, visit the Apply to my Program link through Apply to My Program.


Nationally Accredited Since 1985

The Recreation and Park Administration program has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Recreation, Park Resources and Leisure Services for nearly 30 years.

Our undergraduate major in recreation and park administration is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT is, in turn, accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

COAPRT standard 2.05.05 requires reporting of aggregated results of learning outcomes assessment.  Results for the most recent academic year (AY 2012) follow:

  • 99% of graduating seniors met or exceeded agency expectations during their culminating internships.
  • 99 of 101 junior level students were able to successfully complete a program blueprint from start to finish demonstrating the ability to design recreation experiences.
  • All 87 students completing their senior internships demonstrated the ability to apply professional entry level concepts, principles, and management procedures in the field of parks, recreation, tourism, and related fields.
  • Over the last three years, 87% of alumni who have taken the CPRP exam have passed which is 5% higher than the national average of other accredited programs.

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  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,

Illinois State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Academic Advisement

Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation

Ms. Mindy Kinney
McCormick 250
(309) 438-5782

Ms. Daphyne Walker
McCormick 250
(309) 438-5782

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Kinesiology and Recreation
Campus Box 5120
250 McCormick Hall
Normal, Il 61790-5120
Phone: (309) 438-8661
Fax: (309) 438-5559

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