California University of Pennsylvania
Eberly College of Science & Technology
Department of Earth Sciences
Parks & Recreation Management Program

What You Do in Your Free Time is Our Business!

NRPA Accreditation

Our undergraduate major in Park & Recreation Management 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 2012-2013) follow:

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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 .

California University of Pennsylvania's Parks & Recreation Management Program supports CHEA in informing the public about the harm degree mills and accreditation mills cause as well as discouraging these mills in Higher Education.

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, .


Dr. John Confer, Professor
Director, Parks & Recreation Program
California University of Pennsylvania
Earth Sciences Dept, Parks & Recreation Mgmt. Program
Office: EBE 224 (inside EAS Office Suite 230), 2nd floor, Eberly Sciences & Technology Center
Fall 2016 Office Hours:
  Tu/Th @ 11-12:30AM & MW @ 3-3:50PM
  or by appointment (E-mail for appointment)
Phone: (724) 938-4211
Dr. Confer's Home Page:

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