ACSP History & Archives
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ACSP History & Archives at the University of Cincinnati

Much of the historical records and documents (prior to Y2K) of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning are held by the Archives & Rare Books Library of the University of Cincinnati.

As part of the Urban Studies Collection of ARB, these materials are carefully maintained in an environmentally controlled and secured area in the Carl Blegen Library on the University of Cincinnati campus.

Beginning in 1957, these records of the ACSP contain files on ACSP committees and awards; copies of print-only versions of the Guide to Undergraduate and Graduate Education in Urban and Regional Planning; meeting minutes; conference materials; reports; financial records including budgets and accountant reports; correspondence; membership and accreditation information for schools of planning; and ACSP's constitution. The records highlight issues like conference planning, production of ACSP brochures and Guides, committee appointments, diversity in planning education, and tenure and promotion of planning educators.

The collection is open for research and the ACSP and UC invite members to send additions to holdings. All materials are inventoried and an internet finding aid is created for each accession.

"The ACSP collection is a wonderful gathering of materials and we look forward to continued additions." Kevin Grace, Head and University Archivist

For more information on the ACSP holdings and how to access them, contact:
Archives & Rare Books Library
PO Box 210113
2602 McMicken Circle - 8th Floor, Blegen Library
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0113

More current documents (governing documents, minutes, award history, conference publications and historical) can be found on additional pages of this website under Publications and Resources/Archives.


Association History

Presidential Addresses
The following Presidential Address' were published in ACSP's Journal of Planning Education & Research since 1986.

ACSP Past Officers - Current as of 2015


The following are articles published in Town Planning Review, University of Liverpool Press

Viewpoint: ACSP at 50 Introduction
by Mickey Lauria, TPR, 81 (2) 2010 doi: 10.3828/tpr.2009.35

The founding of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) in 1969 and its creation of a separate conference (from the AIP/APA’s) in 1981 marked the institutionalisation of a planning academy independent of but still inherently tied to professional planning practice. Ironically this institutionalisation in some ways codified the ongoing tension between planning theory and planning practice: the planning academy and the planning profession. This is ironic because the raison d’être of ACSP and its annual conference was pedagogy: how can planning educators effectively train students to be planning professionals? Access the rest of the article through the title link.

Viewpoint: ACSP at 50
by Michael Hibbard, TPR, 81 (2) 2010 doi: 10.3828/trp.2009.29
As the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2009, it is timely to recount its current activities and assess some of the issues faced by the Association and planning education more broadly.
Access the rest of the article through the title link.

Viewpoint: ACSP Retrospective
by Chris Silver, TPR, 81 (2) 2010 doi: 10.3828/tpr.2009.30

ACSP has thrived as an organisation largely because it has sustained and enhanced core activities from its inception in the 1970s around issues of planning education. Typically, this has required a long-term nurturing process rather than instantaneous organisational changes. In reflecting on why ACSP came into being and how it has developed over a period of three decades plus, it is the steady and methodical expansion of planning education within higher education institutions in the United States that best depicts the goals and successes of ACSP. Access the rest of the article through the title link.

Town Planning Review ( has been one of the world's leading journals of urban and regional planning since its foundation in 1910. With an extensive international readership, TPR is a well established urban and regional planning journal, providing a principal forum for communication between researchers and students, policy analysts and practitioners.


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.


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