Step 2: Candidacy Status
The second step in the accreditation process, Candidacy Status provides your academic unit/sport management program an opportunity to prepare itself for the development of a Self-Study (step 3) and a site visit (step 4).
All programs must provide the following materials in their application (see Link to Self-Study Manual Appendices in box to the right):
Listed Elements from Candidacy Status letter
Outcomes Assessment Plan Template
The Link to Self-Study Manual Appendices in the box on the right contains the following items to help you review your application:
Scope of Accreditation Checklist
Once you have a draft of your Candidacy Status application, you are strongly encouraged to send a draft of your application to Heather Alderman for review.
Candidacy status and writing an oap [video]
CUrrent programs in candidacy status
The following 9 COSMA members are in Candidacy Status. An asterisk (*) means the program has had or has planned a site visit. Last updated October 23, 2023.
Hiram College, Hiram, OH
Indiana University - Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL
Radford University, Radford, VA
Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT
Springfield College, Springfield, MA
University of Minnesota Crookston, Crookston, MN
Voorhees College, Denmark, SC
Winthrop University, Winthrop, NC (master's degree)*
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The Board of Commissioners makes decisions about Candidacy Status applications bimonthly and, as time allows, during their biannual face-to-face meetings. Deadlines occur every two months: