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Sport Management and Leadership Studies Earns Accreditation

October 7, 2015

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The Department of Sport Management and Leadership Studies at Kutztown University has received accreditation from the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). 

With 478 institutions offering degrees, either graduate or undergraduate, in the United States, Kutztown is now one of 24 accredited institutions.  KU's bachelor's degree in leisure and sport study is one of 27 accredited undergraduate degrees in the nation and one of only four offered in Pennsylvania.

"The College of Business has a very long-term, future-focused vision to be the education backbone of business in southeastern Pennsylvania and beyond," said Dr. Martha Geaney, dean, Kutztown University College of Business.  "The Department of Sport Management and Leaderships Studies receiving this  well-deserved accreditation is an important part of that vision."

"This has been a team effort," said Dr. Lorri Engstrom, chair, Department of Sport Management and Leadership Studies.  "Not only all of the hard work completed by our wonderful faculty, but if we didn't have the support of our dean and administration we wouldn't have this.  We are very appreciative."

"The COSMA accreditation not only shows the quality of the program but it allows an opportunity for growth," said Anthony Marchetto, senior leisure and sport studies major from Macungie, Pa.  "I can go out into the work force and show I come from a top-notch program."

KU began offering a bachelor's degree in leisure and sport studies in 2005.  The next year faculty agreed to pursue the COSMA standards and began the accreditation process.  On Sept. 25 the department received full accreditation through the year 2022.

View video comments from KU faculty and students on the accreditation.