National Accreditation

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Our Program’s Accreditation

The Environmental Recreation & Tourism Management program at UMM is accredited by the:

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

Our program is currently celebrating 25 years of accreditation! We are the only nationally accredited recreation program in Maine (one of four programs in New England), and we are among 90 accredited institutions across the U.S. To find out more, visit COAPRT by clicking on the banner above.


The Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management program prepares students for personal and professional success, leadership in a global society, the advancement of a sustainable environment, and life-long intellectual growth. Students gain a broad-based foundation of knowledge as well as strong universal skills (communication, critical thinking, etc.) that facilitate transition into a wide variety of professional areas. The program’s graduates are strong competitors for careers within the leisure services industry due to the combination of relevant courses and preparatory practicum & cooperative education experiences.


The Environmental Recreation & Tourism Management program is recognized within the University of Maine System and region as a high-quality, pertinent academic program that supports economic development in our region and prepares local, regional, and international students for a broad range of professional careers. With its close alignment to the university’s mission, the program is one of our campus’ showcase programs, maintaining approximately 70 students and contributing to quality of life within our campus and surrounding community.

Statement of Values

The Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management program emphasizes the integration of the environment, economic development and human behavior through its structured curriculum which transitions from foundational knowledge to leadership/programming skills, to management theory and practices.  The program emphasizes a balance between analytical thinking and practical application.  The Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management curriculum is committed to academic excellence.  The faculty refers to a graduate of the program as “liberally educated” but also “professionally prepared” for individual success and leadership in the field.  The program utilizes its unique environment and its small community setting to offer hands-on learning and community service opportunities for the students. 

The Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management curriculum is designed and selected with the expectation that graduates will leave the University of Maine at Machias with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills pertinent to all areas within the leisure service industry (as “generalists”, rather than “specialists”). Yet, students have the opportunity to delve more deeply into their personal area of interest through our carefully designed concentrations and the possible adoption of cross-disciplinary minors. 

Some of the benefits of choosing our COAPRT accredited program include:

  • Receiving an education that meets national standards
  • The opportunity to apply for professional certification
  • Professional development through conferences
  • Student involvement in professional organizations & activities
  • An active student organization focused on recreation programming
  • A social network of recreation professionals
  • Opportunities to be a part of advocacy on a large scale
  • The opportunity to join regional student groups

COAPRT standards require reporting of aggregated results of learning outcomes assessment. Results for the most recent academic year (AY 2013-14) follow:

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 87.5%

Outcome 1 from Standard 7.01:Students will develop an understanding of current and changing techniques and processes used by workers within the broad range of professional positions and organizations housed in the industry.
Outcome 1 Measure Type: Direct
Outcome 1 Result: The pass rate for student practitioner problems papers measuring this outcome was 100%.

Outcome 2 from Standard 7.02:  Students will demonstrate knowledge of concepts and skills necessary for the design, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive recreational programs tailored to a great variety of individual and group needs.
Outcome 2 Measure Type: Direct
Outcome 2 Result: The pass rate for student program plans measuring this outcome was 92%.

Outcome 3 from Standard 7.03:  Students will understand and develop techniques that enable the implementation of appropriate operational and strategic management practices.
Outcome 3 Measure Type: Direct
Outcome 3 Result: The pass rate for student strategic plans was 100%.

Important Information Regarding Degree 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." Please click on the CHEA link below for more information.

CHEA Statement on the Importance of Accreditation

National Conferences

A group of UMM Environmental Recreation students attend the NRPA annual national congress & exposition. The conference is hosted by a different city each year. Most recently it has been held in Charlotte, NC. Next year, the conference will be in Las Vegas. Our students generally leave for the conference a few days early in order to tour the region before attending the congress.

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