CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University's undergraduate sport management program has received program approval status from the North American Society of Sport Management (NASSM) through 2012.

Of the approximately 300 college undergraduate sport management programs nationwide, fewer than 40 are NASSM approved. “We're thrilled to receive a renewal on our approved status,” said Kevin Ayers, Western associate professor of sport management. “We're very proud that students receiving bachelor of science degrees in sport management from Western are very well prepared to enter the sports industry as professionals.”

Program approval status is similar to the accreditation process for other degree programs, Ayers said. To be considered for approval, sport management faculty submitted a curriculum portfolio to NASSM's review council that reflected curricular competencies and other standards.

Western's sport management program was first approved in 1996. The program has positioned itself as one of the best in the region and is one of only three sport management programs in North Carolina currently approved by NASSM, Ayers said.

Western's sport management program is housed in the department of health and human performance in the College of Education and Allied Professions, and currently enrolls about 140 students. The department hopes to begin a master's degree program in the near future, Ayers said.

For more information, contact Ayers at kayers@wcu.edu , Kadence Otto at kotto@wcu.edu or Rey Trevino, program director, at rtrevino@wcu.edu .

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