Purdue Calumet hospitality and tourism
management program gains accreditation
Purdue University Calumet’s baccalaureate degree program in hospitality and tourism management has received accreditation for seven years by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).
Only ACPHA in greater Chicagoland
The only ACPHA-accredited baccalaureate program in the greater Chicagoland area, Purdue Calumet joins the Purdue University program at West Lafayette as the only two ACPHA-accredited bachelor’s offerings in Indiana.
Accreditation is indicative of programs having met or exceeded stated standards of educational quality. The Purdue Calumet program is officially called the White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and is housed on campus in the White Lodging Center of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
“This accreditation process allowed us to scrutinize our program in an unprecedented and revealing manner,” White Lodging Center Director and Professor Michael J. Flannery said. “In doing so, we were able to identify, demonstrate and promote our program strengths, as well as assess program components we can improve. Earning accreditation was a total team effort of our faculty and staff.”
The Purdue Calumet program combines a focus in business management and liberal arts education to prepare students and graduates for careers in such fields as food and beverage management, travel and tourism, gaming, recreation, private club management, and event and conference planning. Some 250 students are enrolled in the program.
The White Lodging Center of Hospitality and Tourism Management offers cutting edge hospitality-related technology, including computer labs and classrooms, a beverage lab, kitchen and a professionally-equipped restaurant setting, in which students gain front- and back-of-the-house experience serving weekly meals to customers.
Certificates also available
Practicing industry professionals already degreed, but desiring additional credentials can pursue a Certificate in Hospitality or a Certificate in Nutrition and Management.
“We continually strive to improve our program and stay current with our industry,” Flannery said. “For example, we recently added a Revenue Management Certification for our students.”