Arkansas Tech University’s Recreation and Park Administration Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT), formerly known as the NRPA/AAPAR Council on Accreditation. The RPA program at Arkansas Tech University was first accredited in 1997, and is the only program in the state of Arkansas with accreditation status.
Accreditation is a status granted to an institution, program, or other entity that meets stated criteria of quality. Accreditation has two fundamental purposes: to assure quality and to assure improvement and is voluntary. Applications for accreditation may be submitted by any institution offering a four-year curriculum in recreation, park resources and leisure services education. Various factors enter into a program's decision to seek this status. Accredited programs have undergone a rigorous process of self-assessment and peer review and have met standards established by the profession itself.
The Council on Accreditation is itself accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).