LSU School of Kinesiology Honored by National Association for Sport and Physical Education
BATON ROUGE – The LSU School of Kinesiology’s Health & Physical Education program has achieved national recognition by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, or NASPE, a prestigious honor that will affect the school’s current NCATE and future CAEP accreditation.
Melinda Solmon, professor and director of the School of Kinesiology, led the effort in obtaining NASPE’s recognition. The recognition is important for several reasons. It sends a strong message of excellence to peers and constituents of both the School of Kinesiology and the College of Human Sciences & Education as a whole.
“It says to all other institutions that are prominent in the field that our programs have gone through the steps necessary to make sure that the national standards vetted by the profession have been met and adhered to,” said Paula Summers Calderon, assistant director for the School of Education. “It provides solid data to support what we say – that our programs are producing highly qualified professionals.”
This recognition speaks volumes not only to the School of Kinesiology’s faculty and program amongst its peers but, even more importantly, to present, past, and potential students. Calderon, who coordinates efforts for the accreditation of LSU’s teacher education programs, said that recognitions such as these are an essential component of recruitment for both students coming in to the university and graduates going out into the job market.
“Potential students want to attend schools and study within programs that are recognized in their field,” she said. “If recruiters can use national recognition and accreditation as a selling point for our college, this is always a good thing.”
“This recognition is important for our graduating students,” said College of Human Sciences and Education Dean Damon Andrew. “In a competitive job market, employers want to hire graduates from accredited institutions with nationally recognized programs.”
NASPE is the non-profit professional membership association that sets the standard for best practices in quality physical education and sport. NASPE is the largest of the five national associations that make up the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In cooperation with NCATE and the state of Louisiana, it provides program review for college and university physical education teacher education. NASPE reviews program reports, gives feedback to programs related to their assessment data and evidence of candidate success, grants program national recognition for meeting all of the national standards and notifies NCATE and the Louisiana Department of Education of the program’s status related to those standards.
The LSU School of Kinesiology advances the understanding of physical activity, sport and health to optimize the quality of life for diverse populations through excellence in teaching, learning, discovery and engagement. Visit the School of Kinesiology at lsu.edu/kinesiology.
The College of Human Sciences & Education is a nationally accredited division of LSU. Formed in 2012, CHSE brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer eight undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The college is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research and service, and is continually working to improve its programs. Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at chse.lsu.edu.