Accreditation and accountability in sport management education are necessary to ensure academic rigor and can serve as vehicles by which sport management educators examine and enhance the academic quality of their programs. This paper addresses this topic first with a discussion of the need for accreditation and a review of the accrediting agencies and other entities involved (CHEA, USDE, regional and specialized accrediting agencies, and state involvement). Next is a brief overview of COSMA’s accreditation process, and then a focus on direct learning outcomes and assessment tools. Becoming more familiar with the value and purpose of accreditation in general, as well as the specifics of the COSMA accreditation process as it relates to the common professional components (CPCs) and direct learning outcome assessments, can help with obtaining faculty commitment to the accreditation process and with continued enhancement of the academic quality of sport management programs.
Yiamouyiannis is with the Dept. of Sports Administration, Ohio University, Athens, OH. Bower is with the Dept. of Kinesiology and Sport, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN. Williams is with the School of Business, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME. Gentile is with the Dept. of Sport Management, Endicott College, Beverly, ME. Alderman is with the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) at the AAHPERD organization, Reston, VA.