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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 (NRPA) through 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).

Our Vision

We envision a global community that values and celebrates parks, recreation, and tourism. To that end, we contribute to individual, community, and environmental health through education, research, and action informed by the preventive, developmental, and restorative properties of parks, recreation, and tourism.

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. 

COAPRT Standards

COAPRT standard 2.05.05 requires reporting of aggregated results of learning outcomes assessment. Results for the most recent academic year (AY 2017) follow:

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 52%

Outcome 1 from Standard 7.01:Students will be able to define the role of various local, state, and federal governments (including enabling legislation, ADA, Title IX, etc.) in the delivery of recreation and leisure services.
Outcome 1 Measure Type: Direct
Outcome 1 Result: 75% of students earned 75% or above.

Outcome 2 from Standard 7.02:Students will be able to report on information from diversity visitation experiences.
Outcome 2 Measure Type: Direct
Outcome 2 Result: 79% of students earned 75% or above.

Outcome 3 from Standard 7.03:Students will be able to explain the role of marketing in parks, recreation, and tourism.
Outcome 3 Measure Type: Direct
Outcome 3 Result: 90% of students earned 75% or above

First Accredited: 03/14/1979
Next Review: Congress 2019
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

Undergraduate Advising

Eric Gardner

Undergraduate Advisor

Phone: 801-585-0832

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Graduate Advising

Dr. Jim Sibthorp

Director of Graduate Studies

Phone: 801-581-5940

Online ST&HM Program

Preston Tanner

Online Program Coordinator

Phone: 801-587-7357

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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