TROY Sport and Fitness Management earns accreditation

Posted: Monday, 13 June 2011

TROY – Troy University became one of only five universities in the nation to achieve specialized accreditation for its Sport and Fitness Management program.

The designation comes from the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation. COSMA is a specialized accrediting body whose purpose is to promote and recognize excellence in sport management education in colleges and universities at the baccalaureate and graduate levels.

"Gaining this highly specialized accreditation demonstrates the faculty and staff in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion and the College of Health and Human Services are dedicated to providing the best educational experience for our students," said Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. "At TROY, our programs strive for excellence and academic strength, and the COSMA designation is indicative of this philosophy."

Accreditation is awarded by a seven-member board elected by the COSMA membership. Troy University is a charter member institution with 27 others. In all, 40 institutions comprise the membership of the organization, created in 2008 by the North American Society for Sport Management and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. Dr. Christina L.L. Martin, an assistant professor of kinesiology and health promotion at TROY, serves on the COSMA board.

"TROY's Sport and Fitness Management program has a long history of academic excellence and is regarded by many as one of the finest programs in the United States. The news that TROY's program has joined an elite group of only five universities worldwide that have earned COSMA accreditation is a testament to the hard work and vision of TROY's Sport and Fitness Management faculty, who have been working diligently toward this goal for quite some time," said Dr. Damon Andrew, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. "I am most pleased that TROY's undergraduate and graduate Sport and Fitness Management programs are available in both traditional and online formats, which increases the accessibility of our quality programs and allows our faculty to recruit talented students from a large pool of future sport and fitness management professionals."

Programs are evaluated on outcomes assessment, strategic planning, curriculum, faculty, scholarly and professional activities, resources, educational innovation, and internal and external relationships.

"By securing accreditation, our University and our program, faculty and graduates are recognized as 'going above and beyond' what is required of a program," said Dr. Candice Howard-Shaughnessy, chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. "It is truly an honor to be so acknowledged by peer institutions that we have a program that fulfills COSMA's mission of promoting excellence in sport management education."

TROY's Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Sport and Fitness Management programs are accredited through June 2018.

"By adhering to the accreditation principles, we set program and student learning objectives, provide assessments of the objectives, assess, and report progress. It provides guidelines and continues to encourage research and scholarly activities for faculty which in return allows them to bring the most current and up-to-date knowledge into the classroom for student learning," Howard-Shaughnessy said.

About Sport and Fitness Management at TROY

The Sport and Fitness Management (SFM) Programs are housed in one of the oldest departments on campus, Kinesiology and Health Promotion which boasts more than 250 majors. The program offers both traditional and nontraditional SFM undergraduate and graduate degree options. The SFM Program is committed to providing students with the highest quality educational experiences so that they will be prepared to meet the many demands and challenges of sport and fitness management in the 21st century. The curricular emphasis is on the professional preparation of students for careers in athletic administration, recreation management, fitness, and health and sport management. Nine tenure-track faculty members, each holding a terminal degree in sport management or a related area, currently teach in SFM. Troy University's global reach through its numerous campuses and sites serve as an ideal platform for International Sport Management themes and approaches.