Specialized Accreditation of Sport Management Programs: Perspectives of Faculty and Administrators

in Sport Management Education Journal
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Changes in higher education, demands for accountability, and concerns over academic quality have brought increased attention to accreditation (Eaton, 2006). The growth of specialized accreditation has created numerous opportunities but also brings challenges (Tullis & Carney, 2007). The sport management discipline has recently launched an outcome-based and mission-driven accreditation organization: the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions sport management faculty and administrators have towards the potential benefits and challenges of accreditation. Surveys (N=322) were distributed and 119 useable responses were obtained. In general, respondents indicated support for COSMA but many also expressed concerns. Institutions that had joined COSMA had different perspectives than those who had not, particularly in relation to the value of external benefits such as competitive advantages and increased marketing potential. Concerns over costs, involvement of business professionals and the credibility of the organization were also considered.

Address correspondence to: Jo Williams, School of Business, University of Southern Maine, P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104. Email: jwilliams@usm.maine.edu (207) 780-4032 ~ (207) 780-4662
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