SJC Recreation and Leisure Studies Receives Full Accreditation

BROOKLYN and PATCHOGUE, NY – December 22, 2010 – St. Joseph’s College is pleased to announce that its Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies on both campuses has become the only program in Brooklyn and Long Island to receive full accreditation from the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

St. Joseph’s College has reached the highest standard possible in the nation for its recreation and leisure studies curriculum. Of the 550 institutions in the United States that offer a degree in the field, only 87 of them are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Fields (COAPRT), an accreditation program within NRPA focusing on academic institutions.

According to NRPA’s website, “COAPRT provides quality assurance and quality improvement of accredited academic programs throughout the United States. COA is the only accreditation of recreation, park resources and leisure services curricula recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.”

“The program was established on the Long Island Campus in 1974 and the Brooklyn Campus in 2004. Since then, it has grown exponentially,” said Dr. Gail Lamberta, chairperson of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at St. Joseph’s College. “We knew we offered a quality program to our students, but now it has been confirmed. We may be small but we do big things and are in the company of very impressive schools.”

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at St. Joseph’s College will remain accredited by NRPA for the next five years, at which time it will need to reapply for accreditation in fall 2015. For more information on the NRPA, visit

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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