Thursday, December 10, 2015

Great News for Chicago State's Recreation Education Program.

Here's some good news about the school that is not on our university web site, which is dedicated to bringing the public news about our administrators, particularly the various awards our administrators get from organizations with which they, or some person they know, are politically or socially connected. These awards always seem to surface when one of our high-level administrators becomes the subject of scrutiny or criticism. Our SPERS faculty recently received re-accreditation from their national accrediting body and the Chicago State Recreation program was honored as one of "the best of the best" by the National Recreation and Park Association. Congratulations to the department staff and faculty: Chair Mark Kutame, Business Associate Tia Cooper-Snyder, professors Sarah Buck, Bryon Martin, Michael McNicholas, Debra Nelson, June Price-Shingles, Edward Reed, and Bob Szyman (apologies to anyone I missed). Here's the text of an article that appeared recently in the Beverly Review:

The Chicago State University (CSU) Faculty Senate recently announced that during the recent National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) 50th anniversary national conference held in Las Vegas, Nev., CSU’s recreation education program was honored at the Best of the Best ceremony and re-accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation and Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT accredits baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation and leisure studies within the United States and its territories, Canada, and Mexico.
CSUs’ recreation program serves an urban community traditionally underrepresented in the leisure profession and has been accredited since 2004. The recreation program offers comprehensive and high quality courses of study in general recreation, recreation management, sport studies and therapeutic recreation and provides ample opportunity for interaction with student-centered faculty who have extensive practitioner backgrounds.
The recreation program curriculum encourages students to pursue professional development beyond the required courses and fieldwork by securing certifications, joining professional organizations, attending conferences and volunteering. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for national certifications as certified parks and recreation professionals (CPRP), certified therapeutic recreation specialists (CTRS), Environmental Education Association of Illinois and Project Learning Tree, coaching, mental health, and first aid and in grant writing.
CSU partners with a variety of leisure service providers within the Chicago metropolitan area with the goal of providing agencies with sensitive, knowledgeable and diverse entry-level professionals, who upon graduation, are eligible to take the CPRP and CTRS national examinations. CSU recreation graduates have gone onto successful professional careers throughout the country with a variety of leisure service agencies including park districts, special recreation associations, and in facilities for the elderly and those with disabilities. Some have also pursued post-baccalaureate studies.
For more information about CSU’s bachelor of science in recreation degree program, visit

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