Parks & Rec
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.
Our students will graduate with a solid knowledge base, professionalism, and practical experience making them competitive, sought after employees in the field of leisure services.
RPA Strategic Plan 2014-2019 Read the plan here.
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.
The Recreation and Park Administration undergraduate professional core and the Therapeutic Recreation sequence have been accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions 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). The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT) accredits programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies offered at regionally accredited institutions within the United States and its territories, and at nationally accredited institutions in Canada, and Mexico.
COAPRT standard 2.05.05 requires reporting of aggregated results of learning outcomes assessment. Results for the most recent academic year (AY 2013) follow:
Important information regarding degree mills:
Please watch this important video (http://youtu.be/a1voHNMQDrk) regarding degree and accreditation mills. According to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (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 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/).
Illinois State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.