The Recreation and Leisure Services program at Benedict College is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, and Related Professions (COAPRT).

COAPRT is accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Program Assessment

COAPRT standard 2.05.05 requires that programs report aggregated results of learning outcomes assessment. Results for the most recent academic year follow:

Six year graduation rate from the RLS program: 32%

Outcome 1 from Standard 7.01: Students in REC 440 - Recreation Fieldwork (internship) will correctly identify and describe potential career areas and employment sectors within recreation and leisure services.

Outcome 1 Measure Type: Direct.

Outcome 1 Result: 66% of students correctly met this outcome.

Outcome 2 from Standard 7.02: Students in REC 440 -Recreation Fieldwork (internship) will demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate recreation programs that reflect application of knowledge from relevant facets of contemporary professional practice in recreation and leisure services.

Outcome 2 Measure Type: Direct.

Outcome 2 Result: 100% of students correctly met this outcome.

Outcome 3 from Standard 7.03: Students in the capstone course (REC 437) will demonstrate the ability to discuss the principles and practices of staffing and staff development as a function of human resources. and personnel management.

Outcome 3 Measure Type: Direct.

Outcome 3 Result: 85% of students met this outcome.

Degree and Accreditation Mills

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: http://chea.org/degreemills/default.htm

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.

University Accreditation

Benedict College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.