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Since 1968, within the College of Health, the Department offers programs of study leading to baccalaureate, Master's, and Doctoral degrees. Our undergraduate program is accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association through the Council on Accreditation for Parks (NRPA), Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT is, in turn, accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Our Mission

We create, share, and apply knowledge about parks, recreation, and tourism to inspire students, inform policy, serve social needs, encourage sustainability and economic vitality, and advocate for the health of people, communities, and the environment of which we are part.

Our Values

Student centeredness; Student involvement; Community connections; Informed and engaged citizenship; Excellence in and integration of scholarship, teaching, and service; Outdoor, experiential, and traditional instruction; Speculative as well as applied knowledge; Ecological literacy; Diversity and inclusion; Career development and professional advancement of our graduates; Independent and lifelong learning.

COAPRT standard 2.05.05 requires reporting of aggregated results of learning outcomes assessment. Results for the most recent academic year (AY 2016) follow:

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 69%

Outcome 1 from Standard 7.01: Student's will demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and application of the principles of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism.
Outcome 1 Measure Type: Direct
Outcome 1 Result: 97% of students earned 75% or above.

Outcome 2 from Standard 7.02: Students demonstrate their ability to design, implement and evaluate a program with agencies in the Salt Lake Valley.
Outcome 2 Measure Type: Direct
Outcome 2 Result: 88% of students earned 75% or above.

Outcome 3 from Standard 7.03: Students demonstrate their knowledge and ability to apply foundational knowledge and management principles through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.
Outcome 3 Measure Type: Direct
Outcome 3 Result: 95.6% of students earned 75% or above

First Accredited: 03/14/1979
Next Review: Congress 2018
Options: A B D
Status: Accredited

Important Information Regarding Degree Mills

Please watch this important video on Youtube regarding degree and accreditation mills. 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. 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/.

Undergraduate Advising

Eric Gardner

Undergraduate Advisor

Phone: 801-585-0832
Email: eric.gardner@utah.edu

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Graduate Advising

Dr. Jim Sibthorp

Director of Graduate Studies

Phone: 801-581-5940
Email: jim.sibthorp@health.utah.edu

Online ST&HM Program

Preston Tanner

Online Program Coordinator

Phone: 801-587-7357
Email: preston.tanner@utah.edu 

PRT Main Office

1901 E South Campus Drive 
Annex C, Room 1085
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Phone: 801-581-8542

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