The Bristol Press – Bristol’s Joshua Medeiros appointed to National Council
BRISTOL – Joshua Medeiros, superintendent of the Department of Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services, has been elected to the National Accrediting Board for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Allied Professions (COAPRT).
COAPRT is the nation’s premier accrediting agency for higher education programs. Medeiros was recruited and then elected as a “practitioner representative”. His term will begin immediately to fill a vacancy on the board. Then, his first official term will begin this fall and end in 2025.
“They looked for me; someone from the council reached out and asked if I wanted to be involved,” Medeiros said. “They had heard of my involvement with the National Recreation and Park Association Board of Directors. It is an honor to be selected to join the prestigious COAPRT.”
In his role as a board member, Medeiros will assist in the review of the program’s self-assessment reports for compliance with national standards. It will also review and approve visitation reports and establish accreditation policies, procedures and standards for institutes of higher learning across the country.
“I look forward to applying both my skills as a practitioner as well as my training to ensure that colleges and universities across the country prepare and sustain future parks and recreation professionals to the highest standards of the industry,” Medeiros said.
Medeiros said he believed COAPRT contacted him because over the past few years he had worked to “put Bristol on the national map” with its programs and initiatives.
In June, Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services was announced as one of four finalists considered to receive the 2022 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management.
According to COAPRT’s website, Accreditationcouncil.org, the council’s goal is “to advance academic quality in teaching, learning, research, and service.” It also aims to “demonstrate accountability by fostering public awareness, trust and investment”. The board encourages planning for change and improvement through quality assessment, particularly student achievement.
COAPRT protects students, families, sponsoring organizations, colleges, universities, employers, and the public by “ensuring that those enrolled in accredited programs receive a quality education.” To do this, they use a formal process for reviewing and accrediting higher education programs. Their goal is “to ensure that these programs enable people to succeed in parks, recreation, tourism, and related specialty occupations.”
“The council is really responsible for accrediting college and university parks and recreation programs,” Medeiros said. “If they are to be accredited they must meet the highest standards. I look forward to continuing to grow and learn myself and bringing what I learn back to Bristol so that translates into improvement of our programs.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or [email protected]