Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA)

International CHRIE has been working for many years with ACPHA to increase the number of accredited ICHRIE institutions being recognised in hospitality and tourism.

The mission of the Commission is the quality assessment and the quality enhancement of Hospitality Management Education programs at the Associate and Bachelor’s Degree level.

In the mid-1980s a group of hospitality educators began to believe in the value of accreditation to assure academic quality and better serve the needs of their students. They built growing support within the academic community and moved forward with making hospitality accreditation a reality. In 1989, they established the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA), which accredited hospitality administration programs at the baccalaureate level, and several years later added the Commission for Accreditation of Hospitality Management Programs (CAHM), which accredited hospitality management programs at the associate degree or equivalent level. The two Commissions were merged in 2008, choosing Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA) as the official name. 

ACPHA Standards

The newly-organized Commission retained the ACPHA name and established the accrediting standards, which represent those generalized conditions or characteristics determined to be essential in order for program objectives to be achieved. The standards are expressed qualitatively, apply to a diversity of programs, and consider educational outcomes (outputs) as well as resources and processes (inputs). The standards cover the following nine areas:

  1. Mission
  2. Administration and Governance
  3. Planning
  4. Curriculum
  5. Assurance of Student Learning
  6. Instructional Resources
  7. Student Support Services
  8. Physical and Learning Resources
  9. Financial Resources.

ACPHA Accreditation Process

The accreditation process requires three major efforts—a programmatic self-study, an evaluation by professional colleagues, and a review and decision by the Accreditation Commission. Through the self-study process, the Program mobilizes its various elements to reflect on the purposes and effectiveness of the Program, examines its strengths and weaknesses, and when problems or opportunities are identified, begins to work toward their solution or fulfillment. At completion and submission of the Self-Study Report, the Program is visited by a team assembled by the Executive Director. The Site Visit Team conducts a rigorous review of the Program and then prepares a site visit report, which is submitted to the Commission. Based on the Program’s Self-Study Report, the Site Visit Report, and the Program’s response to the Site Visit Report, the Commission makes a decision whether or not to grant accreditation. Accreditation is generally granted for not more than a seven-year period.

The reorganized ACPHA Commission consists of 11 Commissioners, including hospitality educators, hospitality industry representatives, and public-at-large members. The Commission meets twice a year to review, assess, and evaluate four-year and two-year hospitality programs at colleges and universities across the United States and throughout the world.

To date*, the listed hospitality programs have been granted accreditation by ACPHA which is a CHEA recognized agency:

  • Anne Arundel Community College
  • Atlantic Cape Community College
  • Auburn University
  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • Bradley University
  • Buffalo State - The State University of New York
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
  • College of Southern Nevada
  • Collin College-Frisco Campus
  • Columbus State Community College
  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • Delaware State University
  • Delgado Community College 
  • East Stroudsburg University 
  • Endicott College
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville, North Campus
  • Fu-Jen Catholic University
  • Georgia State University
  • Holy Angel University
  • Houston Community College
  • Howard Community College
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Instituto San Ignacio de Loyola (ISIL)
  • Iowa State University
  • Ivy Tech Community College- Central Indiana
  • Kansas State University
  • Kapi`olani Community College
  • Kent State University
  • Lebanese American University
  • Mercyhurst University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Missouri State University
  • Monroe College
  • New York City College of Technology
  • Niagara University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Ozyegin University
  • SISH Institute
  • Sinclair Community College 
  • South Dakota State University
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • St. Philips College - Alamo Colleges District
  • Texas Tech University
  • Trident Technical College
  • Universidad Ana G Mendez
  • Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas
  • Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola - Peru
  • University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College
  • University of Aruba
  • University of Hawaii Maui College
  • University of Maryland - Eastern Shore
  • University of Mississippi 
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Puerto Rico, Carolina Campus
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee
  • University of Wisconsin, Stout
  • Virginia State University

*As of Spring 2024



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