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Oct. 14, 2016
Northwest Missouri State University’s recreation program has been accredited a second time by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).
COAPRT recognizes academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter the parks, recreation, tourism and related professions. It grants accreditation to baccalaureate degree programs that meet or exceed stated criteria of educational quality.
Northwest Provost Dr. Timothy Mottet said the COAPRT board commended Northwest for its student support in the areas such as the Center for Information Technology in Education (CITE), Library Services and Career Services.
"They elaborated on how impressed they were on how all areas were truly focused on student success," Mottet said. "The words used were 'state of the art' compared to other schools seeking the same accreditation. They commended us on the development of the learning outcomes and enjoyed hearing about how we as a faculty navigated the learning outcomes model."
Northwest launched its recreation program during the 1980s and received accreditation in 2011. COAPRT’s most recent accreditation of the University’s recreation program runs through 2023.
Northwest’s recreation program is one of only 70 in the country to receive accreditation. It is housed within Northwest’s School of Health Science and Wellness.
“Accreditation of the recreation program is critically important because it provides a framework for consistently delivering an exceptional educational experience to students,” said Dr. Terry Long, the director of Northwest’s School of Health Science and Wellness. “Accreditation also provides assurance to both students and employers that graduates from our recreation program are prepared to demonstrate the competencies expected of a professional in the field.”
In the United States, accreditation of professional preparation curricula is conferred by non-governmental bodies, which are often closely associated with professional associations in the field.
With an enrollment of more than 6,500 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs on its flagship Maryville campus as well as a new Kansas City location and in St. Joseph.
Founded in 1905, Northwest was ranked in 2016 by U.S. News and World Report as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri for the second consecutive year, and it is one of only four four-year institutions in Missouri to meet all measures of the state’s performance-based funding initiative during its first three years.
Northwest boasts a graduation rate that is in the 85th percentile of the University’s national peer group. In addition, 97 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data.
The University places a high emphasis on laboratory and profession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers. Students have opportunities to build their resumes with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory School, National Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the RT Wright Laboratory Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area, the internationally ranked Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship or Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.
Its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the state, saving students an estimated $7,300 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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