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Shorter University’s traditional, online and graduate programs in Sport Management recently earned accreditation through the Commission of Sport Management Accreditation organization.

“We are delighted by this stamp of approval for our outstanding programs in Sport Management,” said Shorter University President Don Dowless. “Our programs in this area have been consistently recognized for excellence in a number of national rankings. We are blessed to have a faculty committed to providing hands-on opportunities for our students to put their lessons into action while training them to be outstanding in their chosen field.”

COSMA is a specialized accrediting body whose purpose is to promote and recognize excellence in sport management education worldwide in colleges and universities at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels through specialized accreditation.

“Programs, students, employers, and the general public all benefit from the external verification of quality provided through COSMA’s accreditation process. They also benefit from the process of continuous quality improvement that is encouraged by COSMA’s developmental approach to promoting excellence in sport management education,” said Dr. Heath Hooper, Dean of Shorter’s Ledbetter College of Business.

“Our Sport Management program has had a rich history of excellence in its national rankings, student leadership and community involvement,” he added. “Earning COSMA accreditation adds additional value to our degrees and student reputability as they move into the next phase of their career endeavors.

“The COSMA achievement has been a vision set forth by the late Bob Stinchcomb, chair of sport management at Shorter from 2015 to 2018. That vision is now a reality as it has been a unified effort by the Sport Management Team, College of Business faculty, and Shorter University’s administration,” Dr. Hooper said.

Micah Natale, Chair of Shorter’s Sport Management Department, expressed appreciation to all those involved in navigating the accreditation process.

“Dedication, rigor, collaboration, virtuous, leadership, communication, teamwork, innovation —all elements that are required to achieve greatness," 

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